Demystifying the NERC IRF Part 2: Interviews


*****PLEASE NOTE: This event is ESWN led, with speakers from NERC*****

Are you interested in the NERC Independent Research Fellowships? Or thinking about how to interview for NERC research fellowships in the future?  Unsure of what to revise or nervous about what to expect? Want to learn more from those who work on and have experience of the fellowship?

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The Earth Science Women’s Network is hosting a webinar on November 24th 2022 at 1330 UTC! This event will focus on interviewing for the NERC IRF and we hope to set you up for interview success! This event is totally free, and is the second in a two-part series. You can catch up with Part 1 on applications here:

You can find the start time in your timezone using this link:

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We will be joined by:

  • James Box (NERC Senior Programme Manager, Talent and Skills and NERC IRF Lead)
  • Emily Mitchell (University of Cambridge)
  • Jennifer Morris (NERC Programme Manager)
  • Carol Robinson (University of East Anglia)
  • Clare Warren (Open University)

The agenda for the event is listed below:

  •  Welcome and Introductions [5 mins]
  •  Presentation on NERC IRF Interviews (James Box) [20 mins]
  •  Panel Discussion and Q&A [30 mins]
  •  Breakout Rooms – meet the panellists [35 mins]
  • Event Close

All parts of this workshop (except the breakout rooms) will be recorded. A link will be made available to participants after the workshop.

We are excited for you to join us!


If you have any questions please contact us via events [at] eswnonline [dot] org

Best wishes,

The Earth Science Women’s Network Member Events Committee


Speaker Bios

Jennifer Morris (NERC)

Bio to follow

James Box (NERC)

James Box is a Senior Programme Manager within the Talent and Skills team at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). He primarily works on NERC’s fellowship schemes – running new calls, updating policies and engaging with the community. James’ ‘working from home’ colleagues are Bilbo and Frodo (tabby and ginger toms).

Emily Mitchell (University of Cambridge)

Emily is a NERC Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Cambridge. She is also the Invertebrate Curator at the Museum of Zoology (University of Cambridge).

Emily’s research investigates the role of ecological processes on evolution through deep-time, from the first animal communities of the Ediacaran, to the present. Through the application of statistical and mathematical ecology to the fossil and modern benthic communities, she reconstructs how species interact with each other and their environment, and what the driving factors behind these interactions are.  These results then feed into theoretical models to explore how these relationships influence macro-evolutionary patterns over the last 580 million years.

Clare Warren (Open University)

Clare is Professor of Metamorphic Geology at The Open University, UK. She was awarded her PhD in 2005 and won funding for three independent research fellowships from the Killam Foundation (Canada) and NERC (UK) before transferring to a permanent Senior Lecturer position at The Open University in 2016.

Carol Robinson (University of East Anglia)

Carol is a Professor of Marine Sciences in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. She is currently funded by NERC and The Leverhulme Trust to study the role of bacterial respiration in marine carbon sequestration and the production of carbon dioxide and how these may change in a changing environment. Carol is Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) initiative, and co-Chair of international working groups on mesopelagic respiration and Ocean Negative Carbon Emissions. She has been an evaluator for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, Deputy Chair of the ERC fellowship review panel and in 2022 Chaired the NERC Individual Research Fellowship Panel B.