British Antarctic Survey

High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, UK

Established: 1962

Organisation type: Research/academic institution
Geographical scope: Regional
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Organisation’s vision:

To be a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.

Organisation’s mission:

BAS is a research-driven organisation recognised for:
- Commitment to excellence in science
- Operational professionalism and innovation in everything we do
- A partner of choice for science, operations and business wherever polar expertise can be applied
- Safely delivering complex operations in extreme environments
- Commitment to environmental stewardship of the polar regions
- Developing our staff to reach their full potential
- Sustaining an active and influential presence in Antarctica on behalf of the UK, and playing a leadership role in Antarctic affairs
- Engagement with policy-makers, government and the public

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):


  • Antarctic research
  • Arctic research
  • Ocean Science
  • climate change
  • polar science


  • Conducting research and/or observations
  • International law, policies, conventions
  • Providing scientific advice for policy makers
has observer/participant/member status with
Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean