Register as a EOS partner and support Environmental ‘Omics Network from the inside

The Vision for the Environmental Omics Synthesis (EOS) Centre was laid out in the NEOMICS report commissioned by NERC and published in 2011. It is based on the concept of NSF style synthesis centres, but in the case of NERC, the EOS Centre would specifically help to unify and support the wide range of current investments in ‘omics and provide strategic oversight at the community level.

An essential part of the programme is to develop Interdisciplinary Partnerships. NERC recognizes that some of the cutting-edge current and future areas of research in environmental ‘omics involve scientific problems where the environment is part of a more complex matrix. The EOS management team is actively seeking to support novel and interdisciplinary research directions by establishing partnerships at appropriate scientific and technological interfaces.

We want to hear from organisations that wish to co-support the EON network and are interested in forming partnership with EOS. Expressing an interest in becoming an partner does not commit you to providing co-funding, but rather it provides a basis for a dialogue to explore potential co-funding and co-sponsorship.

If you would like to be a partner in EOS and potentially co-sponsor fellowships in a cross disciplinary area between NERC and your organisation please register by completing the EOS partnership form. Our confirmed partnerships are listed below:

If you have any questions please contact tmt@ceh.ac.uk.

Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas)

The Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB


As the UK’s largest and most diverse applied marine science centre, Cefas aims to make a real difference for society as recognised leaders in marine and aquatic science. We achieve this by supporting the long-term prosperity, growth and well-being of industries, communities and individuals that use the rich natural assets found in our marine and freshwater environments. ‘Omics’ technologies allow us to ask exciting new and interesting questions, and hold promise to play a key role in our research efforts to secure healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater environments. One example of useful applications includes the analysis of marine and freshwater environmental DNA for the screening of the presence of non-native species or pathogens of interest to human and aquatic animal health. Another application is the potential of ‘omics’ in revealing diagnostic chemical signatures within aquatic organisms that could aid chemical risk assessment. Cefas is actively pursuing novel scientific methods that improve sensitivity whilst decreasing costs, however, it is important for us that the ‘omics’ applications are appropriately validated alongside existing methodologies that are currently used for evidence gathering before their potential is fully utilised in policy and regulation. Cefas acknowledges that the EOS Fellowship Scheme can be a platform for developing future capabilities for a sound environmental assessment of threats posed by contaminants, pathogens and invasive non-native species to ecosystem resilience, biodiversity and fisheries and as such is very supportive.


  • Ioanna Katsiadaki: ioanna.katsiadaki@cefas.co.uk
  • Ronny van Aerle: ronny.vanaerle@cefas.co.uk


Astra Zeneca

Brixham Environmental Laboratory Astra Zeneca

Omics sciences provide potential to address key questions relevant to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in environmental effects, ecotoxicity, environmental fate and antimicrobial resistance. AstraZeneca will be willing to partner with fellows leveraging ‘Omics and informatics develops to advance ecological knowledge and understanding these areas of science. The development of new tools that underpin regulatory studies and approaches with relevance to environmental risk assessment of human pharmaceuticals and other bioactive chemicals are key challenge areas for industry and we are extremely interested in supporting innovative ‘omics research within these.  The chemical industry are more widely interested in application of the ‘omics technologies to (i) support and enhance read across between target and non-target species, (ii) understand mode of action and conservation of targets across taxa, (iii) understand the flow of resistance genes between the environment and the clinic, and (IV) support the development of predictive in silico tools as valid alternatives to animal testing.



Environment Agency

Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol BS1 5AH


The Environment Agency has a keen interest in the advancement and application of modern technologies. The NERC Omics initiative provides an excellent example of new research challenges that can add considerable benefit to a range of environmental applications. These include a better understanding of the potential effects of low level chemicals found in the environment and improved risk assessments; sensor technology and advanced monitoring capability; taxonomic challenges and genetic diversity linked to our understanding of the role of biodiversity in achieving good ecological status and delivering ecosystem services; and the potential for application in remediation technologies. We also recognise that biological design and engineering has the potential to deliver important new applications in food production and in human and environment health, and improve existing industrial processes that can make a valued contribution to economic growth and job creation. The Environment Agency supports the Bioinformatics Research Fellowship Scheme and the primary goal to create and develop a new generation of science leaders to advance omics science to address fundamental questions with the potential for multiple applications.