Innovation team

Innovation is at the heart of our organisation. Scientific exploration of the polar regions is made possible through the inventive approach we take to our work. We aim to apply this creativity by taking our expertise wherever else it could add value. The Innovation Team, led by the Director of Innovation and Impact, facilitates this process and helps to unlock our potential to create benefit for society and economy.

Innovation Champions

Each team at BAS has a designated champion for innovation. They collate and develop innovation ideas arising from within their teams, and facilitate internal and external collaboration.

Keith Makinson
Will Goodall-Copestake
Teal Riley
Scott Hosking
Markus Frey
David Newnham
Vicky Peck
Julius Rix
Simon Morley
Steven Marshall
Louise Ireland
Sarah Vincent
Katy Buckland
Carson McAfee
Dave Wattam
Robert Blackwell
Claire Fothergill
Parthena Exizidou
Karen Fowler
Christina Chatzela
Mariella Giancola
Nicholas Mounteney
Nicole Logan Park
Ana Pereira



Stewart McTavish

Michael Simmons


Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

Director of Innovations and Impact

Plastic solutions: workshop at BAS

10 September, 2018

People, Plastics and the Planet is an international workshop to tackle the global plastic waste problem taking place at British Antarctic Survey’s Aurora Innovation Centre from 18th – 21st September 2018. Organised by BAS, Cambridge University and Value in Enterprise offers the unique opportunity for scientists and entrepreneurs to spend four days developing and testing ideas to address challenges posed by plastics in our environment.

Science Minister opens new Aurora Innovation Centre

21 July, 2017

The new Aurora Innovation Centre that will support cross-discipline research to tackle environmental challenges and increase the real-world benefit of polar research was officially opened today (Friday 21 July) by …

NEWS STORY: Milestone for new Innovation Centre

18 March, 2016

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) staff joined forces with building representatives from ISG, colleagues from neighbouring organisations and Cambridge University this week to mark an important milestone in the building of …

NEWS STORY: Design opportunity

13 December, 2013

Architectural design opportunity – British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has advertised an opportunity to design and deliver a new Innovation Centre at its Cambridge offices.  The commission …