BAS Student Science Symposium 2015

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The annual British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Student Science Symposium returns for 2015. Due to the ever expanding numbers of BAS students, the event is now spread over 2 days and will follow a conference style format.

Welcome to the BAS Student Symposium website. Here you will find all the information about the conference as well being able to register for the symposium. However, if you do have any questions which aren’t covered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch .
– BAS Student Symposium committee

Latest Updates

02/11/2015: Final abstract booklet and programme available for download .
14/10/2015: Abstract submission closed.
25/09/2015: Preliminary programme available for download .
24/09/2015: Abstract submission and registration open.

What is the BAS Student Symposium?

The BAS Student Symposium is an annual meeting of all postgraduate students affiliated with the British Antarctic Survey. It is a great way to meet other students and showcase your work in a friendly, relaxed environment. The conference is free to attend for all BAS affiliated students however presenting is obligatory for all students.

Due to ever expanding numbers of BAS students, the meeting will be spread over 2 days and will follow a conference style format. Presentations will be either oral or posters. Prizes will be awarded to the best poster and best oral presentation over the two days.

When? Where? How?

This year the BAS Student Symposium will be held in Corpus Christi College on the 4th and 5th November. Talks will be given in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene’t Street. Posters will be presented in the New Common Room along with refreshments. Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided on both days. The final abstract booklet and programme are available for download .

The conference dinner will be held at The Grain and Hop Store on the evening of Wednesday 4th November. If you opted to attend when registering, please submit your meal choice in advance.


Presenting is mandatory for all BAS affiliated students. You will be required to submit an abstract (300 words) through the register link at the bottom of this page. Presentations are either in the form of an oral presentation (12 minutes + 3 minutes for questions) or a poster (A0 portrait). We encourage all second year students (i.e. those who started after September 2014) to do a poster presentation, and all third and fourth year students (i.e. those who started before September 2014) to do an oral presentation. We would like to stress that the aim of this conference is to provide students with practice presenting, therefore presentations do not need to be perfect.

First year students (i.e. those who started after September 2015) are asked to present one slide introducing themselves and the work they intend to do for their PhD. This should take no longer than 2 minutes. Download an example slide .


We are fortunate to have keynote talks from David Vaughan and Jen Jackson.


For those students travelling from outside of Cambridge, here is a list of possible accommodation.


The conference is situated in the city centre so should be within walking distance of most places. However if you do need a taxi the number is: 01223 715715

The buses citi 1, citi 3, citi 7 and citi 8 all run between the town centre and the train station. Should you need to get out to BAS the Uni 4 runs from the city centre to the West Cambridge site.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or problems registering please email the committee: