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.

** COVID19 Update**.  Because of uncertainty around the impact on the CLASS 2020 and 2021 cruise schedule, the deadlines for applications for 2021 CLASS cruises will be posted here when more information is known.

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, with deadlines in April and September of each year.  Please see the CLASS ECR Fellowships Application Form for more details about the scheme and how to prepare an application.

** COVID19 Update**. Because of the uncertainty around cruises, the ability of people to travel, and access to the NOC and SAMS sites, the application process for CLASS Fellowships has been temporarily suspended. Further news will be posted when we have more information to share with you.  In the meantime, please do keep thinking about research that you could propose, and feel free to contact at any time to discuss potential applications or if you have any questions.

CLASS Fellowships have been awarded to the following early career researchers:

Sarah Cryer (University of Southampton), to investigate how rivers contribute to coastal ocean acidification through testing innovative new sensors and platforms for monitoring hourly changes and long-term trends in acidity.
Euan Soutter (University of Manchester), to study changes to the transport and burial of ocean carbon in seafloor sediments, and the impacts of this on communities of life on the seafloor. Euan will be analysing sediment cores collected under a previous programme and stored at the British Oceanographic Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF), based at the NOC.  
Jade Hatton (University of Bristol), who will optimise a new sensor to study the role of silicon in the growth of Atlantic phytoplankton. Jade will also look at the key role played by this phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle and the Atlantic ecosystem.
Hannelore Theetaert (Flanders Marine Institute), to take measurements on a CLASS GO-SHIP cruise, to study the processes that control the uptake and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the North Atlantic. 
You can read about their experiences on the CLASS Blog.

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.


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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