Academic Engagement

Academic Engagement

CLASS is supporting the academic community and developing the next generation of marine scientists

Berths available on CLASS expeditions

The sustained observation expeditions have berths available for students and early career researchers (ECRs) to join them and make measurements or collect samples for projects in collaboration with CLASS researchers. Following the highly successful AMT model, students and ECRs will receive support in collecting their data and samples at sea, gain experience in a range of seagoing activities and benefit from working closely with CLASS researchers.

ECRs can apply for a berth on a CLASS research cruise through one of three options:

          a) A berth funded by the ECR's own project, to collect data and/or samples to carry out research that will enhance CLASS objectives. 
          b) A berth associated with a CLASS ECR Fellowship (see below) or a PhD with a CLASS Principal Investigator
          c) A berth as a volunteer for the core science team.  Some, but not all, CLASS cruises need volunteers for their core team of people who take samples and process data. 

Details of the CLASS cruises are given on the Observations page of this site. ECRs considering applying for a berth on a CLASS cruise should contact the Principal Scientist to discuss their ideas and plans first.  More information, including contact details for the PS, what you need to know, and where to send your form, is given in the Application Form.

Applications can be submitted at any time, and the deadlines for applications for 2020 CLASS cruises are:

31 December 2019 for PAP site, Ellett Array and the MPA FPO Whittard Canyon cruises in summer 2020

31 January 2020 for the AMT cruise in Autumn 2020


CLASS Fellowships for Early Career Researchers

CLASS has an ECR Fellowship scheme to support extended visits by graduate students or postdocs to NOC and SAMS.  The purpose of CLASS ECR Fellowships is to support the career development of ECRs by enabling collaborative working with CLASS researchers, as well as access to CLASS facilities, data sets, model output and tools, and berths on CLASS cruises.  The research carried out by the ECR during the Fellowship should enhance the CLASS objectives and build on the project's observations and/or modelling and/or technology development.

Applications are invited for CLASS Fellowships at NOC and SAMS.  The next deadline for applications for CLASS Fellowships is 20 April 2020 and deadlines will be advertised at 6-month intervals after that.  More details can be found in the CLASS ECR Fellowships Application Form.


Access to model output

CLASS model runs have enormous potential for analysis - way beyond that taking place within the Science programme.  We realise that it is not always easy to know where to start in finding and analysing model output, so CLASS is running a series of workshops to train ECRs in model code, data and tools.

Collaborative access to national capability instruments and facilities

Having trouble finding out what instruments, sensors and facilities are available to you as you plan your science programme?  CLASS is developing a catalogue of facilities available within the centres, to help scientists identify and easily access the things they might require.  CLASS researchers can work with you regarding sample analysis and data interpretation.


Marine Science Summer School

In 2022 we will run a Marine Science Summer School based on the CLASS programme outcomes providing training and networking opportunities for approximately 20 graduate students and ECRs. We will invite academics from the HEI community to guest lecture broadening the participants’ knowledge of the Marine Sector.


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