Project information

2017 Ocean Science Scholarship Program.

BIOS UK Associates provides a valuable donation to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences’ (BIOS) education program for partial scholarships to UK university students to participate in courses and internships. BIOS has an international reputation for research and education in marine science.

June 2016 - June 2017

Charity information: BIOS UK Associates

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  • Need


    BIOS courses provide experiential educational opportunities for UK University students who would not normally have access to or funding for a unique research opportunities in lab and field work in support their of career decisions as future scientists and educators. It is not always possible for UK students to be exposed to the unique observational ocean research found in Bermuda’s coral reef platform and in its North Atlantic location where pathways of major ocean currents meet.


    Partial funding of these courses would allow UK students to broaden their scientific experience and to connect with like-minded enthusiastic peers from around the world. Many alumni have found the experience invaluable to support career decisions in marine science. Some return to BIOS at a more senior level to further their skills in collaborating, communicating and analyzing scientific problems, this making them strong candidates for future academic endeavours.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide experiential education opportunities to UK university students.


    » Provide 5 part-scholarships (£2,000 each) at under-graduate level to attend a 3-week summer course.
    » Grant an internship (£14,000) to a post-graduate to complete a 12-week mentored research project.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by reception of the students’ research from peers and senior scientists, and career decisions to continue research in marine science and climate change.

  • Impact


    Long-term success will be measured by leveraging shared knowledge gained by a better understanding of our oceans and the impact of climate change and how that relates to the health of our oceans, fisheries, marine environment, risk prediction and ultimately human health. This demands the survival of oceanographic research and educational institutes to equip new generations of scientists with life-skills and technology to achieve academically as future scientists at the cutting-edge of discovery.


    There is a risk that insufficient money will be raised for the project. If that is the case a reduced number of students will attend the courses. The demand for participation in the summer courses and internships offered by BIOS is competitive and high. UK students could lose their competitive edge to benefit from global science if funding is insufficient to support them in this unique opportunity to be educated as future scientists.


    Donors to the project will receive a written report by the BIOS science and education faculty incorporating testimonials as to how they benefited from the experience, together with any publications or presentations from UK participating students completed by the end of the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Summer course £2000 Contribution towards lectures, lab and field trips for 5 students.
      £16,000 12 week intern Stipend, mentor support, lodging and lab/field trips for 12 week intern on research project.
  • Background


    Bermuda is located on the most northerly Atlantic coral reef and is in the path of major ocean currents, giving an understanding of global ocean circulation. It is home to The Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS), the longest running year-round data collection program (set up in 1954) for any single location in the open ocean. This study is improving mankind’s understanding of global ocean-atmospheric circulation, fisheries biology & ecology, conservation, risk prediction and climate change


    UK under/post-graduate students will gain practical experience in the fields of observational oceanography, ecology & evolution of reef fishes and coral reef ecology. They will benefit from lectures, lab training in theory & research methods, with access to diving the shallow reef waters and cruising deep ocean waters on the RV Atlantic Explorer research vessel. They will work with international scientists to better understand how ocean-atmosphere processes impact climate change & human health.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) was founded in 1903 to undertake oceanographic research. Its unique location to a diverse and healthy coral reef and deep ocean time-series and glider data gathering making it world-renown in the study of the oceans and to human health. Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and its strong ties to education and research in the UK are at the heart of our mission to support UK university marine science students in benefiting from what BIOS offers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Professor Nick Bates

    Nick is Senior Scientist and Director of Research at BIOS, and Prof of Ocean Biogeochemistry at University of Southampton.