Cambridge Cleantech and the British Antarctic Survey are offering this opportunity to enter real business partnership between cleantech SMEs and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), as it embarks on a significant programme of station redevelopments in Antarctica.

Selected SMEs will be offered facilitated one-to-one meetings with key decision makers, to pitch your company and your products and discuss business partnerships that can fast-forward your company’s growth.

This event is held at the brand new Innovation Centre, Aurora Cambridge, part of the BAS headquarters which has been designed specially to foster collaborative and innovative relationships between BAS and SMEs.


  • 17:00 – 18:00 – Introduction
    BAS Redevelopment Programme Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley (BAS Director of Innovation and Impact);
    David Seaton (BAS Project Manager)
    Parthena Exizidou (BAS Sustainability Lead)
    Kate Simpson (Sweco Sustainability Lead)
  • 18:00 – 20:00 – Individual meetings (15-20 mins)

British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions.

Their skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it.

BAS has recently commissioned a new Polar Research Vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, and this along with upgrades at all our Antarctic stations represents a £300M investment in infrastructure and sustainability improvements that will transform the way we conduct our business.

BAS have a number of interest areas in which Cambridge Cleantech affiliates may have expertise:

Improving environmental and sustainability performance across the BAS estate

BAS facilities include a number of research stations in Antarctica and an office building in Cambridge.

They are interested in, amongst others:

  • Renewable and low Carbon power generation – All will be considered for adaptation.
  • Energy and demand Management – e.g. smart grid, monitoring and analysis systems, load shedding, smart controls, behavioural change etc.
  • Sewage treatment – Reduced energy/water consumption, energy from waste, etc.
  • Water treatment – Energy/water efficiency, forward osmosis, etc.
  • Buildings and services – Efficient construction materials, “super-insulating” products, sustainable new materials, passive technologies, innovative heat exchange methods and products, heat storage, energy efficient lighting and controls, water fittings, pumping & refrigeration.
  • Low energy vehicles and mobile plant in extreme environments.
  • Life Cycle Analysis of our activities.

Remote data collection

BAS undertakes many of its scientific activities using remote autonomous instruments. These often rely on environmental power generation and battery storage. In many cases this equipment is deployed by air, so system weight is critical. Areas of interest include:

  • Power saving methodologies and technologies.
  • Power generation and storage in challenging environments.
  • High impact innovations in sensor technologies, autonomy and other areas that could fundamentally change the way they collect data.

You can register your attendance, using the details on the right hand side.