Past Innovation events

The BAS Innovation team facilitates, hosts, collaborates, and co-creates a wide range of Innovation and Impact events. Explore some of our past events below. Would you like to collaborate with us? Get in touch!


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Knowledge Snack: Digital Twins of infrastructure and the environment

Time: November 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – November 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for this Knowledge Snack session to explore what Digital Twins are, and what applications they can have both in infrastructure management and in finding new ways of capturing and understanding the environment.

Knowledge Snack webinar: The challenge of decarbonising energy systems in remote areas

Time: November 2, 2020 @ 3:30 pm – November 2, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for this Knowledge Snack session on "The challenge of decarbonising energy systems in remote areas", co-hosted by BAS Innovation team and the DTE+ Network.

A journey through UK science as a researcher and lead investigator – a talk by Dr Karen Salt

Time: October 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am – October 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

The Diversity in UK Polar Science team are delighted to welcome Dr Karen Salt as speaker in their next public webinar on Wednesday 7 October 2020. Speaker Biography Dr Karen …

Diversity, Leadership and how to bring people on the journey with you – even to Antarctica

Time: June 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am – June 26, 2020 @ 10:45 am

Diversity in UK Polar Science is an initiative funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, hosted at British Antarctic Survey, with the aim of improving minority representation and diversity in …

POSTPONED – Chat to your friendly neighbourhood climate scientists

Time: March 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – March 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

Join your local climate experts for a climate change conversation. The event is hosted by British Antarctic Survey as part of Cambridge Science Festival 2020.

Online event: EARTH DAY 2020 – SONG OF THE ICE by Steve Garrett

Time: April 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – April 22, 2020 @ 6:40 pm

Join former BAS scientist and musician Steve Garrett online for his latest collaborative performance linking science and music.

3rd Venture School: People, Plastics & Our Planet

Time: March 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – March 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

People, Plastics and our Planet offers the unique opportunity for early career researchers and entrepreneurial individuals from the business community to come together to develop and test ideas around solving the challenges posed by plastics in our environment.

BAS AURORA Presents: Satuccino Extra Shot – Satellite applications event

Time: February 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – February 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE: ‘Satuccino’ is a specially designed space industry networking event for space technology and satellite application sector experts to engage with the Satellite Applications Catapult and its partners. In ‘Extra Shot’ events, this networking is extended to include partner venues via a Skype link-up to the event at the Satellite Applications Catapult HQ in Harwell, to enable a wider audience to benefit. On 5 February, Aurora Innovation Centre at BAS is bringing in local speakers and linking up with the main Catapult in Harwell.

CCfCS event: Panel discussion on IPCC special reports

Time: November 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – November 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

If you would like to hear more about the recent IPCC special reports on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and Climate change and Land Use, come to our panel discussion on Thursday 28 November. You will hear short summaries of the reports and join in the debate.

Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley at the ‘Futures 2019: The role of Clean Growth, Innovation and Sustainability’

Time: July 10, 2019 @ – July 10, 2019 @

BAS Director of Innovation Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley will be giving a key note talk titled "How we can work together for a 1.5c future" at the annual Cleantech Futures conference on the 10th of July.

Waste Management and Recycling

Time: June 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – June 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Waste management is a challenge that we can definitively no longer ignore. Join us to see how waste management and recovery can become an integrated part of our economy. Discover some of today’s solutions to Reuse, Recycle or Reduce and how those can be adopted as best practices by all.

Meet your friendly neighbourhood climate scientists

Time: March 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – March 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Join your local climate experts Drs Emily Shuckburgh, Heather Ford, Cameron Brick, Ella Gilbert, Ritwika Sengupta, and Dan Jones for a climate change conversation. The event is hosted by British Antarctic Survey part of Cambridge Science Festival ( 11-24 March 2019)

Impact Women’s Network: Impact on Climate Change—Working together for a 1.5°C future

Time: May 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am – May 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Upcoming Sustainability seminar co-organised by the Women at BAS Group and the Women's Impact Network.

Journeys in STEM Seminar Series

Time: February 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am – February 5, 2019 @ 11:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday 5th February, 2019 at 10:30 in Aurora Conference Theatre, BAS, Cambridge for the next sessions of ‘Journeys in STEM Seminar’. There will be two short presentations offered by senior leaders from GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals.

IPCC 1.5C Report: Event and Panel discussion

Time: November 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – November 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Cambridge Centre for Climate Science (CCfCS) invites you to a special event on the IPCC 1.5C Report, Tuesday 27 November 2018, 14:00 – 17:00 to be held at the British Antarctic Survey, in our Aurora Conference centre.

WeatherLive: Extreme Weather

Time: November 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am – November 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

The Royal Meteorological Society is hosting an extreme weather conference, at the Aurora Innovation Centre in Cambridge, to explore the severe weather events and climates around the world. The event …

‘Sounds of Space’ Performance

Time: November 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – November 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

'Sounds of Space': an art-science collaboration

Sustainable Innovations in Performance Clothing

Time: November 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – November 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

British Antarctic Survey is hosting an event at its Aurora Innovation Centre in Cambridge to bring together thought leaders from the performance clothing industry, academia, and the entrepreneurial landscape to discuss Sustainable Innovations in Performance Clothing.

People, Plastics and our Planet – Venturing for Solutions

Time: September 18, 2018 @ – September 21, 2018 @

Are you passionate about the issues that surround plastics in our environment? Would you like to contribute to finding solutions to current key challenges? Do you already have an idea for innovation that can reduce/re-use/recycle plastic? Would you like to find ways to change people’s behaviour around plastic?

Cambridge Science Festival: Antarctica Uncovered

Time: March 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am – March 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

As part of this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is opening its doors to the public, giving a unique view of the world-leading science and operations undertaken …

Circular Economy in Practice – Challenges and Opportunities

Time: February 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – February 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Today's linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular …

“Satuccino Extra Shot”

Time: February 7, 2018 @ 2:30 pm – February 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

A joint event with the Satellite Applications Catapult, exploring how Earth Observation benefits business and research. Satuccino is a specially designed space industry networking event for space technology and satellite …

Plastics in the Ocean: Challenges and Solutions

Time: March 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am – March 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

British Antarctic Survey is hosting a workshop in Cambridge to bridge science, policy and business to explore solutions for reducing and mitigating ocean plastic pollution. Read the report from the …

Sensors and Data in Robotics

Time: December 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – December 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

A one-day networking event to consider the current state-of-the art in the interlinking fields of robotics, sensors and big data, and to spark potential collaborations.

Workshop on Sea Ice-Infrastructure Interaction

Time: November 13, 2017 @ – November 13, 2017 @

BAS invites participants of the Isaac Newton Institute programme on Mathematics of Sea Ice Phenomena and industrial and academic partners to attend a half day of talks and discussions on …

Integrating climate science into ecosystem-based management

Time: November 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – November 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) are convening a series of workshops in 2017-18 on Science-Policy Challenges in Polar Conservation and Management. Each of the workshops …

Tackling climate change: whose responsibility is it?

Time: March 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – March 15, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

This evening talk forms part of the Cambridge Science Festival (Mon 13 March - Sun 26 March) Join us at a session 'Tackling climate change: whose responsibility it it?' with …

Polar Data into Art

Time: March 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am – March 25, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

Data as Art: discover how art can unlock patterns and create beauty from polar research data with a display of data art and series of talks by artists and polar scientists