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Vision and Mission


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.


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 policymakers, government and the public