United Kingdom: science, innovation and international cooperation in Arctic research

Organized by The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Arctic Office, United Kingdom. In association with the British Antarctic Survey & Scottish Association for Marine Science 7. September 2017

To have a fully effective international and coordinated approach to Arctic research, a country needs to have: capable assets; dedicated funding; strong connections; and successful communication and outreach programmes

Friday, October 13, 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Esja, Fifth Level

This breakout session gives participants the opportunity to hear the latest news on how the United Kingdom is further sharpening its Arctic research capabilities to help improve our collective understanding of this rapidly changing region. These developments include: a new multi-million research programme targeted on the changing Arctic Ocean and its ecosystem; a new world-class polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough; an Arctic Office focused on supporting national and international collaboration; and examples of cutting-edge ways to communicate Arctic change and the role they play in influencing both decision-makers, including the public.


  • Mark Brandon, Reader in Polar Oceanography, The Open University: Cutting-edge ways to communicate Arctic change
  • Kirsty Crocket, Science Coordinator, NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Programme, Scottish Association for Marine Science: The Changing Arctic Ocean: An overview of the programme’s aims and the projects involved
  • Tim Stockings, Operations Director, British Antarctic Survey: A new polar research ship for the United Kingdom: RRS Sir David Attenborough
  • Henry Burgess, Head, NERC Arctic Office: Building national and international connections: the role of the NERC Arctic Office


Dame Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic Survey