The Arctic Office, established in May 2009 and hosted at the British Antarctic Survey, incorporates the management of the NERC Arctic Research Station  at Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard and is closely linked to the NERC Arctic Research Programme, which was launched in June 2010 and will run through to 2016.


The main objectives of the Arctic Office are:

  1. to support UK Arctic researchers in establishing links to international collaborators and in accessing polar infrastructure and logistical support.
  2. representing UK in international Arctic forums and promoting UK Arctic research
  3. facilitating opportunities for the involvement of UK science and polar resources in the Arctic as the region grows in international significance.
  4. managing the Canada – UK collaborative agreement on research and logistical support in the polar regions.

UK researchers planning field activities in the Arctic, or seeking contacts in Arctic Rim nations can contact the Arctic Office by email at arctic@bas.ac.uk.