Aurora Collaboration Space, Cambridge, UK

Lat. 52°12'44"N, Long. 0°4'50"E

The Aurora Innovation Centre at the British Antarctic Survey headquarters in Cambridge features a Collaboration Space for members from business, academia, and policy who share our passion for environmental stewardship, technologies for our challenging environments and AI for environmental research applications.

What does the Collaboration Space Membership at Aurora offer?

  • A vibrant, calm working environment
  • Access to Aurora Events & networking opportunities
  • Unlimited guest wifi and Eduroam
  • Kitchenette with fridge & microwave
  • On-site canteen serving breakfast & lunch
  • Access to meeting rooms
  • Members’ rates for booking seminar rooms & Aurora Conference theatre
  • Across the road from the Madingley P&R with unlimited free parking
  • Referral to Innovate UK EDGE coaching and mentoring services

The open office space hosts 32 desks, with an additional eight hot-desks. Unlike most traditional start-up office spaces, the Aurora Collaboration Space is located in a fully functioning science institute, home to a broad range of environmental science and supporting engineering and operations teams and beyond. The Aurora Innovation Centre hosts a repertoire of events that offer potential networking opportunities.

We run a monthly talk series called Knowledge Snacks bringing together Aurora Members, external guests speakers and BAS staff. The session format is 2×15 min talks on specialist topics, followed by Q&A and networking.

Who is the Aurora Collaboration Space membership for?

Whether an individual sole trader or international corporation you can access our desk space, Aurora expertise and site venue facilities through Membership, as well as benefit from up to 30% off our standard venue booking rates.

If you are interested in becoming an Aurora Member, or would like to contribute to a future Knowledge Snack, please introduce yourself to us via email.

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.

Please contact one of our Innovation Team members, or email us here.

Collaboration Space Membership Rates:

Part-time, desk use one day per week – just £89/month for remainder of 2020.
Full-time, desk is yours – £250/month for remainder of 2020.

Part-time Membership is one eight-hour day Mon-Fri, per week. Normal site access available during 07:00 – 19:00hrs. Minimum Membership period for part time thirty days, ninety days for full time, paid monthly in advance. Please note that we are currently unable to provide with workshop space for member companies.

Inclusivity statement – This is how we do it

Non-discrimination: The Aurora is a space for all, no matter your identity. Discrimination on grounds of age, sex, race, religious beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation has no place at British Antarctic Survey. Remember this when interacting with others. It is our responsibility to make sure the Aurora is a safe place for everyone – please tell us if you are worried about anything.

Accessibility information: The Aurora Centre has step-free access and accessible toilets at both levels of the building. The Conference Theatre and rooms are equipped with infrared assisted hearing. We are always striving to make our venue more welcoming to all. If you have any feedback or would like to request additional information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Aurora Australis

Getting to Aurora Innovation Centre

The Aurora Innovation Centre is located at the British Antarctic Survey HQs in Cambridge. We are located a few minutes walk from Madingley Road free P&R with 4 electric vehicle bays, very easy access from the M11, and a bus service in/out of the city centre/train station. For Cambridge-based visitors, cycling is by far the easiest access option.

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British Antarctic Survey response to COVID-19

6 April, 2020

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our organisation continues to function well in spite of most of our staff working from home. Science and support teams who have completed summer fieldwork are currently being repatriated to UK.

Cambridge HQ Decarbonisation

We are working on a raft of measures to reduce our carbon emissions at our Cambridge Headquarters, including installation of solar panels on the car park and roofs of buildings, and adding insulation to our Logistics building.

Climate Code

This collaborative project is born from exploring novel ways of visualising environment​al data and telling the climate change story. Read more about the project and the science behind it through the project page.


IceNet is a probabilistic, deep learning sea ice forecasting system developed by an international team and led by British Antarctic Survey and The Alan Turing Institute [Andersson et al., 2021]. …