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About British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. 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 as a sustainable planet. 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. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation www.ukri.org

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World-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions

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Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations ......

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Our people

BAS employs over 500 highly skilled and professional staff ....

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Our world-leading polar science generates insight and discoveries that change the way we understand our world

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For 60 years BAS has been responsible for most of the UK’s scientific research in Antarctica.

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