Full Seminar Series available to watch now

We are delighted to share that you can watch external and DARE-UK experts talk about their specialist areas from our Seminar series which took place over 2021:

Carbon Dioxide Inverse Modelling, Mark Lunt (U. Edin) & Ingrid Super (TNO)

Methane Isotopes, Emma Safi (NPL & U Edin) & Natasha Miles (Penn State Uni.)

Anthropogenic Fluxes and Inventories, Pete Levy (CEH) & Hugo Denier (TNO)

Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Modeling, Luke Smallman (U of Edin.) & Silvia Caldararu (MPI Jena)

Radon measurements and modeling, Ute Karstens (Lund Uni.)

DARE UK YouTube Channel

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DARE-UK International Summer School – July 2021

DARE-UK International Summer School on Global Greenhouse Gases

Summer School Postponed until July, 2022

The summer school will not be held this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It is expected that the crisis will affect the UK, Europe and the World for at least several months with associated restrictions on events and travelling.

We are planning to run the school in 2021 around the same time of the year (mid-July) with a similar programme, so please check back in the following weeks and months for updates.

We apologise to everybody who was looking forward to this learning opportunity and hope you will be able to apply next year.

In the meantime, please follow current advice from the medical authorities and your own institution to keep yourself save and help other, more vulnerable people manage this crisis.

National Oceanography Center (NOC), Southampton, UK

This intensive 1-week course is aimed at PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in the natural sciences who want to develop a solid understanding of the role of key greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the Earth system and the processes that govern their dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and biosphere.

A field trip to a forestry research site will form one of the practical days in the week long summer school.

The residential course for 20-25 participants will be based at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton and comprises a combination of lectures, practical exercise, seminars and field/lab work. Organised by international experts in oceanography, atmospheric science and terrestrial biogeochemistry, the course will provide:

  • theoretical background on the role of greenhouse gases in the Earth System
  • field excursions and practical demonstrations in how to measure and model fluxes
  • interaction with leading experts in the field
  • the opportunity to network with other early-career scientists with similar interests.
A previous summer school water sampling aboard the Calista research vessel in the Solent. This will form another of the field trips during the week.

Topics will include:

  • Greenhouse gases in ocean, atmosphere and biosphere, with a focus on carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • Instrumentation for measuring GHGs: theory and practice
  • Process modelling of GHG fluxes
  • Satellite observations of GHGs
  • Measuring and up-scaling fluxes in the terrestrial biosphere

Staff will be drawn from various institutions, including researchers from the Universities of Bristol, University of Exeter and others, and UK research centres including National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Forestry Research (FR), National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and others.

All participants will be expected to present a poster on their research during the summer school.

The course will start after lunch time on Sunday, 12th July, and finish at noon on Saturday, 18th July; students can travel on those days.

Computational methods in greenhouse gas modelling will be put into practice.

Cost and funding

There is a course fee of £870, payable before the course.

This includes all accommodation, meals and field trips during the summer school. Accommodation is in single standard (non-ensuite) rooms in a student residence.

How to apply – deadline 15 April 2020

The summer school has been postponed until 2021, so registration is not currently possible. Please check back later for updates on the arrangements for 2021.

The course is open to all PhD students and early career scientists, both from the UK and other countries.

Hands on experience with field instrumentation on a previous forest field trip.


If you have any questions about the summer school or if the application form does not work for you, please contact Stephan Matthiesen (info@stephan-matthiesen.de).


The Summer School is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of the DARE-UK project. DARE-UK is a NERC highlight topic NE/S004211/1.

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Members of DARE-UK engage 300+ students in a 2 day science extravaganza

The University of Bristol’s, Aoife, Alecia, Jenna and Kanokrat, as well as our volunteer Charlotte, took their research out to educate and inspire young people and adults at last weekend’s country-wide Science Festival. We engaged with over 300 students on Friday at We the Curious, where they enjoyed testing their breath for carbon dioxide, building greenhouse gas molecules, guessing the carbon footprint of using a smart phone or watching Netflix, and guessing which animals burp the most methane! Saturday night saw We the Curious open to the public for a spectacular evening of science extravaganza. We the Curious was transformed with interactive exhibits from groups all over the University for FUTURES Up Late, complete with its own bar and DJ. We had loads of interest in our research and people queued up to play our quizzes and find out how they could reduce their carbon emissions. It felt great to get out there and engage with the public, sharing our research and getting the public’s take on what we do … whilst dancing along to some funky tunes too!

Alecia, Charlotte, Jenna and Aoife celebrating after a succesful day of fun science engaging over 300 students.
Repairs made to the methane cow ahead of FUTURES2019 science extravaganza.
Mending the methane cows tail ahead of FUTURES2019 science extravaganza.