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!


Polar Pride day, November 18th

BAS is joining the Pride in Polar Research network in celebration of the Polar Pride day on the 18th of November. Join in and stay up to date on the celebrations through the event on facebook. We would love to see pictures and stories shared on the day using #PolarPride!

Please join us to share Polar Pride Day 18th November 2pm with Camilla Nichol from UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT)

Camilla will share her journey as she 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.

Contact Donna Frater for an invitation link.

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.