News and latest updates


The BAS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network, together with the Diversity in Polar Science Initiative project group are putting together activities to support and accelerate inclusion work in the wider UK Polar Community. See what’s going on below!


Poster with information on the 2021 UK Polar horizons student pairing programme for students from underrepresented groups in Polar Science, running from the 2nd to 5th of March

Journeys within Polar Science talk

In the second to last UK Polar Horizons talk series titled “Journeys within Polar Science”, BAS Oceanographer Dr Dan Jones shares this honest conversation of his journey from the beginning of his science career to today. Dan talks about the highs, the lows, the battles with impostor syndrome and the importance of a supportive community. A seasoned podcast host, Dan has a natural radio voice that seems heaven sent in these stressful pandemic times!

Don’t miss out on Dan’s podcast “Climate Scientist”.

International day of people with disabilities, December 3rd

There are between 11 and 14.1 million people in the UK with a disability (16-20% of the population). There is still much work to be done to ensure that people with a disability experience fair treatment and access to opportunities.  We can help this by educating ourselves about different disabilities, understanding that a disability doesn’t stop someone from living a full and productive life, and challenging our own biases or assumptions that may have inadvertently developed. DiPSI steering committee member Simon McKeown gave a speech for the celebratory day at a UN hosted event.

Polar Pride day, November 18th

The DiPSI steering committee and UK Polar Horizons students joined the Pride in Polar Research network in celebration of the Polar Pride day on the 18th of November. You can find pictures and stories shared on the day using #PolarPride on your favourite social media platform!

“From rocks to wrecks” Camilla Nichol’s Journeys within Polar Science talk, Polar Pride Day, Nov 18th

Camilla Nichol from the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust shares her journey within Polar Science, having studied Geology at the University of Edinburgh followed by Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.  She has had a varied 20+year museum career working for organisations with collections as diverse as geology, scientific and medical instruments, anatomy and pathology, gemmology, Scottish football and the early oil industry.

Closed: Race Impact Survey for the UK Polar Community

The Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative have conducted a Race Impact Survey for the UK Polar Community. This survey was created to ask questions to gather key insights to racism and lack of inclusivity and to move the response to racism forward in the UK Polar community. We are asking for people in the community to share their experience and thoughts, so we can collate best practice responses and consider the next stage of development of the DiPSI programme. The survey has now closed and we are currently analysing survey data. The results will be published on the Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative resource page, along with next steps.

International Stammering awareness day, October 22nd

To highlight International Stammering awareness day, BAS scientist and Ocean modeller Kaitlin Naughten discusses what we can do as individuals and as institutions to support our colleagues who stammer. Read Kaitlin’s blog “Make sure stammered voices are heard“.

October is Black History Month in the UK

This national celebration aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to society. We want to highlight contributions of Black people within the Polar community. Head over and read about former BAS scientist Sharon Grants’ experience within the Polar Community, and especially her reflections on “Why me, why now?” in this guest blog.

Dr Melissa Burt talks to UK Polar Horizons, October 27th

In celebration of Black History Month, we welcomed Dr Melissa Burt to share her journey in Atmospheric science and Diversity in our Diversity in Polar Science webinar. Melissa is a successful woman in STEM, BAME researcher and diversity champion. To watch the recording of Melissa’s talk visit the DiPSI resource page and navigate to the “Journeys into Polar Science” playlist.