Chief scientists on NERC research ships guidance and guidelines

The role and responsibilities of the chief scientist on a research cruise on board a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) research vessel.

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National marine facilities guidance on the responsibilities and procedures that anyone in the role of chief scientist will need to follow on a NERC research vessel.

It includes responsibilities for:

  • planning a cruise
  • diplomatic clearances
  • safety, including handling hazardous waste
  • personnel
  • the cruise report


  • 5 October 2023
    Chief scientist guidance notes document updated. NERC guidelines for chief scientists on NERC research ships document removed.

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