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Research Collaborations

Why we collaborate

Collaboration is necessary for modern Polar science. Strong ties that BAS has established with other nations’ scientists increase the intellectual capacity of Antarctic research programmes. Some Antarctic science projects are so large that they can only be conducted and funded through international programmes and cooperation.

Only by working together can scientists address some of the most important questions facing the planet today. Therefore, we collaborate extensively with the environmental science community in the UK and overseas to share best practice and to maximise the scientific impact. This involves joint research projects with over 40 UK universities and more than 120 national and international collaborations.

Who we collaborate with

BAS has a policy of forging strong links with researchers in diverse organizations, both in the UK and abroad. BAS scientists collaborate with:

  • other NERC centres;
  • higher education institutes;
  • government departments;
  • other research organizations;
  • leading international scientists; and
  • other national Antarctic operators (including sharing complex logistics).

With increasing UK interest in Arctic research, a UK Arctic research coordination centre is being established and hosted at BAS. The UK Arctic Office will facilitate and support UK researchers undertaking Arctic fieldwork.

How we collaborate

All collaboration is established in the context of existing research programmes of BAS and the NERC Science Strategy.

Partnerships that involve use of BAS resources are covered by Memoranda or Letters of Understanding (MoU/LoU). Most of these are developed between individual scientists or research groups but others are established at the institution or national level.

We encourage international collaboration by creating international science programmes (such as International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008) and inviting visitors to take part. We develop stronger links with international scientists through the exchange of knowledge and data.

Within BAS, the Programme Office coordinates links, establishes formal agreements, and oversees the funding applications process.

To find out more contact the BAS Programme Office.