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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence: Data Science and AI for Sustainable Futures

What is Environmental Intelligence?

Environmental Intelligence (EI) is the integration of environmental and sustainability research with data science, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technologies. EI at the University of Exeter is a multidisciplinary area of research that provides the meaningful insight required for individuals, businesses and policy-makers to address the challenges associated with environmental change. This collaborative research environment embraces Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Social Sciences, Biosciences and Natural Sciences, all of which offer different academic pathways into this exciting research area.

About the CDT

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence: Data Science and AI for Sustainable Futures provides PhD students from a range of academic backgrounds with an interdisciplinary training environment to equip them with the core skills required for a new generation of interdisciplinary EI practitioners. Training is provided in data science and statistics; and the ethics, governance, and responsible innovation principles related to the use of big data and AI. Students also introduced to a range of environmental challenges. The 4-year training programme is designed to empower students to explore different research domains and methods, before developing their own PhD research plan and assembling a multidisciplinary supervisory team. 

The first five cohorts of students were funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). However, from 2024/25 students will be funded by a range of industry partnerships and by the University of Exeter. The CDT recruits students in cohorts to begin in September each year - find out how to apply.

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If you would like to find out more about the CDT in Environmental Intelligence, whether you are a potential student or collaborator, or a member of staff at the University of Exeter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team:

Students and Staff

If you are a student or staff member at the University of Exeter and would like to get involved in Environmental Intelligence, please consider joining the EI Network: Sign-up Here

Once registered, you will receive an E-newsletter every seven weeks informing you of the EI Network activity and related opportunities. You will also be given the opportunity to feed into the content of the E-newsletter.

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