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Research ethics policy

At the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), we are committed to ensuring that everything we do is ethical and rigorous.  This commitment reaches from our impact on the environment in the remote and pristine areas in which we work, to the methods we use in our research.

Rigour – our reputation is built on the care and thoroughness of our science. Our policies and our culture underpin our commitment to the highest standards of rigour and transparency.  It is our aim to ensure that our research teams and their collaborators deliver research with integrity and to the highest standards.

Respect -we seek the respect of our stakeholders, scientific communities and our colleagues, by undertaking to act fairly, and with consideration to all.

Responsibility – BAS research addresses questions of global significance which affect people’s lives and livelihoods around the world.  Our role is to provide evidence which will inform honest and open debate and on which sound policies may be built.

Our approach is based on UK Government best practice guidance for standards of conduct in research.

We apply the principles outlined in the RCUK Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct which is based on is set in the context of the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity; in the NERC Corporate Responsibility policy; as well as the UK Government’s Universal ethical code for scientists.