Students on Ice - 2015 Arctic Expedition

Students on Ice (SOI) is an award-winning and globally unique educational program. Since 1999, SOI has taken more than 2,500 students, educators, elders, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from 52 countries around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. SOI believe the Polar Regions are the world’s greatest classrooms. They are the cornerstones of the global ecosystem and tremendous platforms for education in history, culture, science, political, social and environmental issues. The expeditions are inspiring and life-altering for the students involved. The expeditions represent once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for youth to expand their knowledge about the circumpolar world, to gain a global perspective of the Arctic, its wonders, and its present and future challenges.  One of the key goals of the pioneering project is to “pass the torch” and give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our Planet, and the inspiration, knowledge and motivation to protect it. 

Since 2015 , YPASM has established partnership with SOI Foundation to provide slots for Malaysian teachers and students to participate in this life changing expedition.


  • Be a Malaysian citizen, and currently living and studying in Malaysia.
  • Must be a student between 14-18 years old (preferably 16 years old) at the time of application, enrolled in a secondary or post--‐secondary institution (or be home-‐schooled) at the time of application. Preference will be given for science students.
  • Student must demonstrate an interest in issues relating to the Polar Regions and must understand that this is an educational expedition, not a vacation. All students must be committed to participate fully in all aspects of the mandatory education program and research activities prior to and during the expedition.
  • Student must demonstrate some or all of the following qualities: strong academic ability and/or passion for learning; ability to communicate in English both speaking and writing, leadership qualities and/or potential to develop these qualities; active involvement in the community and co-curriculum; and a desire to make a difference and act as a role model for other young people in the community.
  • Act as an ambassador for your community or educational institution and be prepared to share your experience on SOI with your community before, during and after the expedition. Students will be expected to be available for media interviews and to submit journal entries for the SOI Expedition Website and other blogs.


 1. Selection Process (Polar Science Camp),  15-16 March 2015   

2. Sponsors of Arctic Expedition 2015 
3. Announcements of Selected Students and Teachers in conjunction with NICE Award Night, 29 May 2015 
4. Report of the Expedition 
5. Feedback from Teachers and Students 
6. SOI 2015 In Media 
7. Post Programme (Sharing session with community and friends)


Berth Support to British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Research Stations

1. Background

  • Malaysia via the Malaysian Antarctic Research Programme (MARP) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom has long established a good scientific cooperation in relation to Antarctica.
  • To strengthen the cooperation, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between YPASM and BAS which reflects the understanding of both parties to shape future scientific cooperation in Antarctica over the period of 2013 – 2018.
  • The scientific collaboration includes the joint collaborative project where BAS invited Malaysian scientists to visit BAS stations at Signy and Rothera in Antarctica.  BAS and Malaysian researchers will work together to identify and mutually agree on collaborative projects that support and fit into or are complementary to BAS Research Program. 

2. Purpose of the call

  • YPASM seeks for Expression of Interest (EoI) from Malaysian researchers to undertake field work at BAS stations in Signy or Rothera for the 2017/2018 BAS expedition to Antarctica.
  • The application is ONLY opened to all Malaysian researchers from universities participating in the YPASM Smart Partnership Initiative, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM),  Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and International Medical Universiti (IMU).  

3.  Offer details

3.1 YPASM will make an annual contribution of £25,000 to BAS for each Malaysian scientist visiting BAS stations during the Antarctic summer season.
3.2 The works of the researchers would be based on activities at the stations and day trips from the stations. Any activities extending beyond this would require a separate financial contribution by the researcher.
3.3 Other expenses such as airfare from KL to the UK, and the Falkland Islands and/or Punta Arenas, subsistence expenses, freight costs and rental of polar clothing for field use will be borne by the applicants and/or their host institutions.

4. Application

 Responses to this EoI should include the following:

4.1 Collaborator (s) already identified in BAS;
4.2 Justifications for choosing Signy or Rothera and duration of field work;
4.3 Project funding – details of research grant (s) already secured;
4.4 Field work details;
4.5 CV of applicant – as attachment.

5. Selection Criteria

5.1 Priority will be given to applicants having research projects with funding already secured;
5.2 Projects must be truly collaborative and the field work is based on activities at the BAS stations during the Antarctic summer season;
5.3 BAS has a preference for sending experienced researchers.  

6. Enquiries

For any inquiries, kindly contact Mr. Hafiz /Mr. Nasaruddin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03-2691 0651).
Click here to download the BAS Expedition 2017/2018 Planning Schedule. 


1. 2013/2014 Click here for details     

    • Yew Wen Chyin, UM - Report
    • Yogabanu Ullaganathan, UM - Report                              

2.    2014/2015 | Click here for details  

    • Dr Chan Kok Keong, IMU - Report
    • Yogabanu Ullaganathan, UM - Report                                     

 3.   2015/2016 | Click here for details

    • Dr Japareng Lalung, USM - Report
    • Shoba Mary Thomas,UM - Report 

4.   2016/2017 | Click here for details

  • Shoba Mary Thomas
  • Dr. Siti Aqlima Ahmad             


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