enviroSPRINT was a 3-day online event for postgraduate researchers (PGRs) from the NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) ARIES, EnvEast, C-CLEAR, Cambridge ESS, ENVISION, IAPETUS2, INSPIRE and SPITFIRE.
During enviroSPRINT, interdisciplinary Teams of PGRs from universities across the UK developed innovative solutions to some of the pressing needs of policy makers, industry and third sector organisations in the environmental sciences.
Over the course of three days, Teams rapidly investigated one of 5 Challenge areas, identified a key problem and innovated potential solutions.
Each Team included a PGR Facilitator and a PGR Communicator who had received additional training and guidance to support their Teams. The Communicators created a Miro 'exhibition space' to share their Teams' progress and ideas, generating excitement and building connections with other participants.
Experts from a number of nationally important organisations contributed their time and knowledge to provide background information, insights and advice to the Teams.
On the final afternoon, Teams demonstrated a prototype of their solution to a panel of expert judges who assessed the novelty and feasibility of the concept, along with the quality of the presentation, and selected a winner.
Alongside this, each Team produced a 90-second summary of their idea to share with a wider audience. These can be viewed on the Team pages which are linked from each Challenge page.
Sustainability of wetlands for the economy, environment and society
Led by the ARIES and EnvEast DTPs and the Anglian Centre for Water Studies with Anglian Water and Norfolk Rivers Trust
Nature-based solutions to climate change
Led by the C-CLEAR and Cambridge ESS DTPs and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)
Greenhouse gas removal – how to solve societal, economic and scientific barriers to implementation
Led by the INSPIRE and SPITFIRE DTPs with industry partners
How can we mitigate climate change through soil carbon management?
Led by the ENVISION DTP and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH)
How might we make deep-sea mining sustainable?
Led by the IAPETUS2 DTP with industry partners