NOC scientist announced as new Future Leaders Fellow

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) would like to congratulate Dr Anna Lichtschlag who has been awarded the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship.

Dr Lichtschlag is amongst 75 promising research leaders awarded by UKRI, who will benefit from £101 million to tackle major global issues. The Future Leaders Fellowship allows universities and businesses to develop their most talented early career researchers and innovators.

Dr Lichtschlag will use the award to lead on project SANDMAN, which will develop a new instrument to measure gradients of important biogeochemical compounds directly within seafloor sediments.

These sediments form one of the largest bioreactors on Earth and play a crucial role in the state and health of the marine environment as they convert, store and release chemical compounds that affect and control life.

Prof. Doug Connelly, NOC Associate Director of Science and Technology, said: “NOC are extremely pleased and proud that one of our talented research scientists, Dr Anna Lichtschlag, has received a prestigious Future Leaders Fellowship. Anna is a highly talented scientist who is thoroughly deserving of the fellowship. We look forward to supporting her at NOC and seeing the ground-breaking work we know she plans to do over the time of the award.”

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, UKRI Chief Executive, said: “UKRI’s Future Leaders Fellowships provide researchers and innovators with long-term support and training, giving them the freedom to explore adventurous new ideas, and to build dynamic careers that break down the boundaries between sectors and disciplines.”

“The fellows announced today illustrate how this scheme empowers talented researchers and innovators to build the diverse and connected research and innovation system we need to shorten the distance between discovery and prosperity across the UK.”

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has also confirmed two additional upcoming rounds of over £100 million each, with deadlines expected in summer 2024 and 2025.

A pre-announcement for round nine will be published in the coming weeks.

Learn more from UKRI.