British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey

An institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions.

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221 400
Address: High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge
Postcode: CB3 0ET
Country: United Kingdom
Website: https://www.bas.ac.uk/
Membership type:Corporate 51+ (£1,000+VAT pa)

 Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it.

Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure, help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. The UK is one of over thirty countries operating scientific research facilities in Antarctica.

Polar Science for Planet Earth – 10 minute video. Find out about the frozen continent, the important science that is carried out and its relevance to the rest of the planet.

Our funding

The BAS annual budget is around £50 million. The majority of this funding comes from NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK.  NERC is one of seven Research Councils, operating under the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. NERC’s activities and funding decisions are independent of government.

Funding from the European Union underpins several pan-European collaborations to investigate topics such as future changes in Arctic sea-ice, the impact of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, and space weather research.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office allocates revenue, from income tax in the British Antarctic Territory and other sources, to a range of activities. These include the operation of King Edward Point Research Station on South Georgia, the Discovering Antarctica education and schools resource and other environmental and research projects to provide practical benefits in the region.

This mix of funding is expected to continue and be supplemented by new sources resulting from partnerships with other research institutions, as well as from business.

The UK focal point for polar research

BAS is the focal point for UK Antarctic research and operations.  We manage the NERC-funded Arctic Research Programme and operate and manage the UK Research Station at Ny Alesund.  Scientific access to the polar regions requires an operational infrastructure, including research stations, ships and aircraft, to provide the facilities and level of safety required in these remote and hostile parts of the planet.

UK polar science delivery – the international dimension

No one nation has the capability to study the entire Antarctic continent or the Arctic. International collaboration and co-operation are essential to achieve a co-ordinated research effort. BAS plays an active role in shaping research programmes and delivering efficient operational support through its interaction with international bodies including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes  (COMNAP), the International Arctic Science Committee; and EU-PolarNet.

Our strategy

Our Vision and mission are designed to improve knowledge about our planet, to advance understanding of the processes, vulnerability and risks that arise from natural and  man-made phenomena.  Our Science Strategy aims to increase our ability to predict environmental change, and inform the policy and economic decision making process that will help society adapt and thrive in the future.  Our Operational Strategy aims to support Britain’s polar research effort through the provision and management of large-scale polar infrastructure assets, services and facilities in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.

New footage shows crack in Larsen C Ice Shelf

New footage shows crack in Larsen C Ice Shelf

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) recently captured video footage of a huge crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Antarctic Atmospheric Scientist

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an Antarctic Atmospheric Scientist to join the Atmosphere, Ice and Climate Te...

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,000 - £40,000
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Electronic Engineer

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an Electronic Engineer to join the Antarctic and Marine Engineering Team. Tho...

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IT and Data Manager

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an IT and Data Manager to join their ICT and data management teams. Though ba...

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Mechanical and Electrical Engineer

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer to join the Estates Team. The role will be ba...

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,000 - £40,000
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Air 2020 Airbridge Resilience Project Coordinator – Cambridge

The British Antarctic Survey is undergoing a significant building programme in support of modernising the facility at Rothera. C...

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,000 - £40,000
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Geological Collections Assistant – Cambridge

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Geological Collections Assistant with experience of working in Earth Science...

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Salary: £20,000 - £30,000
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Head of Supply Chain Logistics – Cambridge

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a manager to take the lead role for the BAS Supply Chain Logistic (SCL) team. ...

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,000 - £40,000
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HR Administrator – Learning & Development – Cambridge

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a HR Administrator to join the Learning & Development Team within HR. In this ...

Location: Cambridge
Salary: Up to £20,000
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Web Developer (Geospatial) – Cambridge

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