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 internship 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 PIs to discuss their ideas and plans first.  More information, including contact details for the PIs, 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 the 2019 cruises are:

 31 December 2018 for PAP site and the MPA FPO Darwin Mounds cruises

31 January 2019 for the AMT cruise. 

Deadlines for 2020 cruises are:

31 July 2019 for the 26N GO-SHIP section (cruise in Feb 2020)

31 December 2019 for the MPA Whittard Canyon cruise (cruise in Spring/Summer 2020), and the Ellett Array cruise (cruise in Spring/Summer 2020)


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.

Grants for graduate students

CLASS has grants for around 15 students from across the Higher Education Institution (HEI) sector to conduct collaborative work with CLASS partners.  The students gain access to CLASS resources and benefit from training in the use of data, model output, and/or technology, and their work adds value to CLASS research.

Internships at a CLASS partner centre

CLASS has a yearly internship scheme to place around 10 graduate students or ECRs in the partner institutes.  Applicants develop a potential project with a CLASS Principal Investigator (PI). Projects build on CLASS objectives, benefit the participant’s research and increase opportunities for publications. The winners gain one-to-one training and mentoring from the PI and access to facilities at the host partner institute.

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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