Communications team

Our ambition

Is to create and deliver high-impact outward-facing activities that promote and explain BAS science and operations, engaging people from different sectors of society in our work. Our activities in the field of science communication, corporate communications and internal communications are designed to meet our strategic aspiration to be recognised as a world leading centre of excellence; and to fulfil Government aspirations to put science at the heart of society.

Team priorities

  • Science Communication. Explain research outcomes and operational activities to many sectors of society through media relations campaigns, digital communication channels, public and business events.  Write, edit and produce plain language science briefings and interpretative material
  • Public Engagement in Research. Work in partnership with leading museums and science centres to take our science and operational stories to where our audiences congregate. Manage events, talks and public information services
  • Education.  Work with partners to develop curriculum-relevant learning resources to explain the relevance and importance of the polar regions to teachers and students
  • Supporting science.  Embed science communications and public engagement across the organisation by providing support and training for colleagues in science, operational and business teams.
  • Provide Creative Services in direct support of science projects
  • Internal communication.  Manage the BAS intranet, produce the internal newsletter and support colleagues across the organisation to plan and internal communication initiatives.
  • Demonstrate  Impact. Evaluate and analyse media coverage, public engagement events and stakeholder interactions

Technology, innovation and training

  • Optimise the use of digital communication channels for engaging citizens in science
  • Work with the Web Applications team and external providers Helfpul Technology to create and maintain the BAS public-facing website
  • Use specialist cameras, multi-media equipment and industry-standard editing facilities to capture and produce a visual record of UK activities in the Polar Regions and manage the online image collection
  • Use media monitoring and evaluation software to track impact of Press Office activities
  • Use publishing and design software and printing equipment to produce quality digital illustrations, animations and printed material
  • Manage an ISDN audio recording studio to enable broadcast quality interviews with science and support staff

Influencing and leading international programmes

  • Play a leading role in the COMNAP (Council of Manager of National Antarctic Programmes) expert group on communication and outreach
  • Co-leadership of the Antarctic Treaty Intersessional Contact Group on Education and Outreach
  • Lead the delivery of tasks in EU-funded programmes including EU-PolarNet and ICE-ARC

Stakeholder engagement

  • Establish and maintain positive and mutually beneficial relationships with UK and international media
  • Develop stakeholder engagement campaigns and resources
  • Support science into policy initiatives
  • Work in partnership with NERC Communications teams

Linda Capper

Head of Communications


Athena Dinar

Senior Science Communication Manager


Livia Oldland

Corporate and Internal Communications Manager


Emily Neville

Project Communications & Engagement Manager


Pete Bucktrout

Senior Creative Services Manager


Jamie Oliver

Publications and Education Mgr


Amanda Wynne

Communications and Engagement Assistant


Kim Quince

PR Officer

Data As Art

DATA AS ART is a science/art project in development at NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It visualises science data (in its widest definition), to create stunning and thought-provoking artworks, using real Antarctic …

60 Second Science

We’ve challenged our science, engineering and support staff and their research collaborators to explain in 60 seconds what they do.  Decide for yourself if they have met the challenge well!  …

British Antarctic Survey response to COVID-19

1 January, 1970

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.

Poet Laureate marks naming of polar ship

1 January, 1970

A new work by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage celebrates the RRS Sir David Attenborough. In this video Simon describes his inspiration for the poem, which can be read in full …

Ship is named with royal ceremony

1 January, 1970

The UK’s new polar research ship is formally named the RRS Sir David Attenborough today [Thursday 26 September] by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  In their first engagement of …

New polar research ship makes a ‘splash’

1 January, 1970

RRS Sir David Attenborough hull launch into River Mersey 14 July Update 20 July 2018 – watch video of launch A major milestone in the build of the UK’s state-of-the-art …

The RRS Sir David Attenborough in the virtual wind tunnel

1 January, 1970

The RRS Sir David Attenborough (SDA) just got another step closer to completion as the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) investigated the aerodynamic performance of Britain’s new polar research vessel using a computer generated ‘virtual wind tunnel’

Midwinter’s Day 2017

1 January, 1970

As darkness cloaks Antarctica, science and support staff wintering across the white continent will  today celebrate Midwinter’s Day – the shortest day in the Austral winter. With some staff experiencing …

British Antarctic Survey at Bluedot Festival 2017

1 January, 1970

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is delighted to be participating in this year’s Bluedot music festival in Macclesfield 7-9 July. The event, which last year attracted over 20,000 visitors, is billed …

Horizon Antarctica Ice Station Rescue on BBC Two

1 January, 1970

Horizon documentary ‘Antarctica Ice Station Rescue’ broadcasts on Wednesday 7 June @ 21:00 on BBC Two In 2016 British Antarctic Survey (BAS) invited BBC film-maker Natalie Hewit to its Halley …

Halley VI Research Station – relocation success

1 January, 1970

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has successfully relocated Halley VI Research Station to its new home on the Brunt Ice Shelf.  Operational teams have spent the past 13 weeks moving each …

PRESS RELEASE: New season – ambitious science

1 January, 1970

New season tackles ambitious science and logistical challenges The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) 2015/16 field season is underway with dozens of scientists and support staff – together with planes and tonnes …

NEWS STORY: New website

1 January, 1970

Welcome to our new website! We’ve given our website a makeover so that you can find everything you need or want to know about polar science and operations. There are …

NEWS STORY: Schools Competition

1 January, 1970

Why does Antarctica matter? Young Geographer of the Year Award 2015 The Royal Geographical Society is running a schools competition to mark the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, …

NEWS STORY: Space weather features at free event

1 January, 1970

FREE event: ‘Discover Antarctica’ at British Geological Survey Open Day, Saturday 27 June, 10am-4pm Staff from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will showcase its work at this year’s British Geological Survey …

NEWS STORY: Free event on Halley VI

1 January, 1970

FREE Public Event – Work in a cold climate: designing for the most extreme place on Earth London Festival of Architecture 2015 Thursday 18 June 2015, 18:30 – 20:00 The …

NEWS STORY: Ice Lab exhibition in Manchester

1 January, 1970

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica 21 October 2013 – 6 January 2014, 11am – 5pm Free entry Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 …

NEWS STORY: Construction award for Halley VI

1 January, 1970

British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station wins British Construction Industry Award 2013 British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station won a prestigious British Construction Industry (BCI) International Award at a ceremony …

NEWS STORY: Closing event for Ice Lab in Glasgow

1 January, 1970

Exciting closing event for Ice Lab exhibition, Gallery Two, The Lighthouse, Glasgow Commissioned by the British Council and curated by the Arts Catalyst, Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in …

NEWS STORY: Halley Research Station at Ice Lab

1 January, 1970

New Architecture and Science in Antarctica 26 Jul – 02 Oct Gallery Two, The Lighthouse, Glasgow Commissioned by the British Council and curated by the Arts Catalyst, Ice Lab: New …

NEWS STORY: Twin Otter at schools day

1 January, 1970

Antarctic Twin Otter features in Duxford Education Day Around 600 schoolchildren from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire attended a special STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) Education Day at the …

NEWS STORY: Midwinter’s Day celebrations

1 January, 1970

  Celebrating Midwinter’s Day in Antarctica Staff at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) celebrate Midwinter’s Day today (21 June , 2013). Celebrated as the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, …

NEWS STORY: Halley VI featured in exhibition

1 January, 1970

Halley VI Research Station to feature in Architectural Exhibition A new international touring exhibition illustrating how innovative contemporary architecture is enabling scientists to live and work in one of the …

NEWS STORY: Celebrating Antarctica Day

1 January, 1970

Antarctica Day was inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the 1st December 1959 signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which was adopted “with the interests of science and the progress of all …

NEWS STORY: HMS Protector open to public

1 January, 1970

Royal Navy’s Antarctic patrol vessel, HMS Protector, pays a four-day visit to Ipswich The Royal Navy’s 5000 tonne Antarctic patrol vessel will sail into Ipswich on Friday (August 10) for …

NEWS STORY: Antarctica celebrates Olympics

1 January, 1970

Rothera Station staff take part in ‘All the Bells’ to celebrate the Olympics Kitchen pots, glasses and a bedpan are just some of the items being used by staff at …

NEWS STORY: Antarctic band reform for one off gig

1 January, 1970

Nunatak reunion at the Sanday Soulka festival on the Orkney Islands Having performed at one of the world’s biggest concerts ‘Live Earth*’ on 7th July 2007, Nunatak** — the British …

NEWS STORY: Midwinter’s Day in Antarctica

1 January, 1970

Antarctica celebrating Midwinter’s Day A hundred years ago Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team celebrated Midwinter in Antarctica (known as Midsummer’s Day in the UK) — a tradition that …

Antarctic Tragedy

1 January, 1970

Press Statement – 23 July 2003 It is with the deepest sorrow that British Antarctic Survey (BAS) reports the death of a marine biologist at Rothera Research Station on the …

ANTARCTIC BLOG: BBC arrives at Halley #3

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“I feel like I’m home” says BBC weather forecaster Peter Gibbs as he sets foot on the Brunt Ice Shelf. It’s an emotional moment for him; the last time he …

ANTARCTIC BLOG: BBC enroute to Halley #2

1 January, 1970 by

Ten days ago we left Cape Town on the RRS Ernest Shackleton bound for Antarctica. Today we hit the ice. And quite literally we are hitting the ice! The ship …

ANTARCTIC BLOG: BBC crew enroute to Halley #1

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Antarctica is extraordinary. It is a continent of superlatives – breathtaking, beautiful, hostile, awe-inspiring and life-changing. A trip to the ice always gets under my skin. It somehow puts my …