The joint UCL-Birkbeck Institute for Earth and Planetary Sciences (IEPS) has generated substantial growth in research income, research outputs, citations, and training of young scientists since RAE 2008.  Ranked 3rd in RAE 2008, the Institute provides a flourishing, dynamic environment in which to pursue our stated aims of research excellence and the beneficial application of knowledge.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment our GPA was 3.25% and that placed us in the 6th place in our subject area.

To these ends our research strategy seeks:

  • broad-based engagement with our understanding of all components of the Earth system 
  • depth in key areas that forge links among sub-disciplines
  • to strengthen existing links and build new ones to disciplines that enrich our understanding of the Earth as reflected in the initiation of the IEPS with joint appointments between UCL and Birkbeck, and joint appointments with Physics and Astronomy, Space and Climate Physics, the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), and Geography. 

The IEPS takes full advantage of the wider strengths of the respective Universities through engagement with inter-disciplinary research centres and institutes, including the Institute for Origins via our leadership of the Centre for Planetary Science, and the UCL Grand Challenges in Global Health and Sustainable Cities. 

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Fun with Minerals.

Published: Oct 7, 2015 10:26:00 AM

Max Hay Award 2016

Mineralogical Society- Max Hay Medal award.

Published: Oct 6, 2015 5:26:00 PM

UCL IRDR Seminar Series 2015-2016

Published: Oct 1, 2015 1:57:41 PM

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