Newly opened Aurora Innovation Centre in Cambridge

14 July, 2020

A new Centre for Innovation in Cambridge

The newly-opened Aurora Innovation Centre at the British Antartic Survey in Cambridge nurtures and enables cross-disciplinary research to tackle environmental challenges and increase real-world benefit of polar research.

Opened in July 2017 by Science Minister Jo Johnson, and funded by NERC, Aurora aims to generate new academic, business and policy partnerships that focus on excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments.

Science Minister Jo Johnson arrives to open the Aurora

Aurora Innovation

We take an innovative approach to all our work, and seek to apply our expertise in new contexts. Through interdisciplinary collaboration we unlock the potential of polar science to benefit society and economy – ranging from new technologies, environmental data and its interpretation, to novel bio-products and -processes. Explore our Projects tab above to get a taster of what’s going on and become inspired to work with us.

The ORCHESTRA science project meeting at BAS Aurora Cambridge
The ORCHESTRA science project meeting at BAS Aurora Cambridge

Aurora Partnerships

We build partnerships with individuals, academics and businesses who share our values, and whose expertise and interests complement ours. Jointly we aim to address issues of global importance, helping society adapt to a changing world.

Our partners are global, national and local. From groundwater monitoring in Morocco to high resolution climate modelling in the Himalayas, from fisheries management in Brazil to understanding arctic sea ice loss, polar expertise is relevant from north to south, from east to west. Our polar operations provide a testbed for innovation under extreme conditions, whilst our understanding of polar biodiversity contributes to a sustainable bioeconomy. We are keen to talk to you and explore how our expertise can add benefit to your work. To find out more please email [email protected].

Aurora Spaces

The Aurora Conference Theatre, meeting rooms and collaboration spaces can be hired by external organisations who share our passion for the environment. To find out more about working collaboratively with BAS, or if you would like to use our spaces, please explore our Facilities tab above or email [email protected].

Take a quick look at our Conference Theatre

The upper exhibition space

Aurora Membership

Book individual flexible desk space in our Collaboration Space at Aurora and gain valuable networking opportunities to broad scientific expertise and like-minded people. Aurora Members receive reductions on venue hire within BAS. To find out more please email [email protected].

Holding a sea urchin


Getting to Aurora

There are many ways to reach the Aurora Innovation Centre, part of the British Antarctic Survey headquarters in Cambridge. For travel options please see here.

The British Antarctic Survey Aurora Cambridge building
The British Antarctic Survey Aurora Cambridge building