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Science Minister re-appoints Natural Environment Research Council Chief Executive

09 October 2008

Science Minister Ian Pearson has re-appointed Professor Alan Thorpe as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Announcing the appointment Ian Pearson said: "I am very pleased that Professor Alan Thorpe has agreed to remain as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of NERC for a second term of appointment. He has contributed significantly to the important work of the NERC and will continue to play a key leadership role."
Professor Thorpe's re-appointment is for four years starting on 1 April 2009.

Professor Thorpe said: "Environmental research is critical if society is to address the tremendous challenges we all face; climate change, loss of biodiversity, unsustainable use of natural resources. I am delighted to be able to lead NERC over the next period to enable the NERC funded community, with our partners, to produce world-leading and vitally important research".

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