environmental SCIENTIST

As part of its commitment to promote environmental science and allow our members to learn about and disseminate the latest sector thinking, the IES produces four to five editions of its highly regarded journal environmental SCIENTIST each year. 

Each thematic issue examines a topic of pressing importance to environmental science from a variety of different angles; an expert in the relevant area acts as guest editor, introducing the articles and providing a critical overview of the subject at hand. Articles are primarily written by our members, supplemented by contributions from experts and professionals working in the environmental field. 

The journal acts not just as way of keeping abreast with the sector, but is also a thoroughly interesting read.

Latest Journals

  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessed the impact of research undertaken by UK universities for the first time. Universities submitted case studies to demonstrate their research impacts on “the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia”. The Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) is the arm of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) dealing with higher education, and thus has a keen interest in how the discipline informs society as a whole. Here, we showcase the impact of environmental science research from UK universities, and explore how researchers develop and demonstrate impact, ensuring that interdisciplinary work is appropriately represented in analyses of societal effects.
  • More of us than ever before live and work in cities. This issue of the environmental SCIENTIST seeks to address some of the questions that arise around our common urban future. Articles draw on work from across the environmental sciences, exploring the challenges that cities will face over the coming decades, and the exciting and innovative environmental solutions and projects being undertaken to improve our urban areas.
  • Researchers are exploring and developing exciting new materials and industrial processes that manufacturers are bringing to market very rapidly. Yet some of these materials pose problems that could be taking us further away from a sustainable circular economy. This edition of the environmental SCIENTIST investigates these novel materials and how they can be recovered, reused and recycled.
  • This issue of environmental SCIENTIST summarises the scope and outcomes of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the subsequent Follow-on report. The overall UK NEA programme has made a promising start, one that is incumbent on all of us now to advance to secure future wellbeing.
  • The articles in this issue of the environmental SCIENTIST provide insights into the many complex challenges and considerations that need to be addressed if we are to achieve global water security – from the impacts of waste disposal and abstraction on water quality and quantity, to the inherent difficulties and limitations of measuring water security and predicting future development paths and challenges.

Older journals

April 2014
February 2014
December 2013
November 2013
August 2013
April 2013
February 2013
December 2012
October 2012

Join the IES


Joining the IES helps your personal and professional development. Wherever you are in your career, the IES has membership services that will help you gain recognition and progress to the next level.

Benefits Include:

  • 4-5 journals per annum
  • Regional and national events
  • Chance to apply for Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist and IES Lead Energy Assesor
  • Recognition of professional status
  • Use of post-nominal letters
  • Exclusive access to our online CPD recording tool
  • Regular reports on the environmental science sector


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