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Year 1 -

Clean Planet Peninsula

Participation Call!

After a successful pilot year in 2023 ​as ​featured on the BBC, the Clean Planet Peninsula project is set to embark on an ambitious and visionary 3-year journey.

Building on last year's success, the Clean Planet Foundation invites 25 individuals to join our immersive training course this August 2024 in the UK.

Clean Planet Foundation
Antony Jinman (Expedition Leader)
UK Polar Network

In 2025 and 2026, selected participants from this training group will travel with the project to the Arctic and Antarctic to undertake scientific research and ​further training​. Before that, we are seeking 25 individuals to join our immersive training course this August 2024 in the UK. 


This opportunity is open to anyone* who can demonstrate a distinct interest/focus relating to microplastic or climate science and can show how undertaking research in the​ polar​ regions will help benefit the global understanding of these critical environmental issues, contributing to worldwide conservation efforts. 

We are privileged to be collaborating once again with the distinguished UK polar explorer Antony Jinman, the 12th Briton who skied solo in both the North and South Poles and the UK Polar Network​ (UKPN)​​​​, the charity that represents early career polar scientists within the UK​​​, ​alongside​ other partners from academic institutions (and beyond) w​ho ​will be announced soon. 


We envision this program as a stepping stone, guiding future projects and ensuring a continued legacy of innovation in polar research and environmental conservation established by the Clean Planet Foundation. The end goal of this project is to provide early-career scientists with practical fieldwork expeditions, enabling research studies to be undertaken in the polar regions- particularly linked to plastic pollution and the impact of climate change. 

Multi-Year Program Summary: 

Pilot Year - UK Training (2023)

Pilot Year - UK Training (2023)

*Who Can Apply?

​​​We are looking for research students and early-career scientists from diverse backgrounds who have a project or are about to embark on research that requires fieldwork experience in remote areas including polar regions with research topics related to microplastics and their impact on the environment and climate.  

Applicants should be above 18 years old, residents of the United Kingdom, and have a willingness to participate in all phases of the project from 2024 to 2027 to ensure research continuity. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse learning environment. We intend to keep at least 20% of places available for those who identify as coming from a low-income background. While participation in this program involves ​travelling​​     ​ to challenging regions, we understand that individuals may have varying physical abilities. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of all participants. We encourage all interested individuals to apply, regardless of their physical abilities. We do ask that applicants consider the physical demands of the course and expeditions, as they can be physically rigorous. However, our commitment to inclusivity means that we are prepared to make reasonable accommodations to ensure that participants with disabilities can fully engage in the program. 

If you have any concerns or specific needs related to physical fitness or mobility, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.  

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW can you apply? 

Interested participants can apply by following the link below to the Clean Planet Peninsula project.


The application process will be open from February 20th until May 24th. 

Who is sponsoring the project? 

The Clean Planet Foundation (CPF) is the lead sponsor of the Clean Planet Peninsula project. CPF is a not-for-profit organization committed to educating and taking action for the sustainable use of plastics and the reduction of carbon emissions. We believe in inclusivity and diversity and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. While we require physical fitness for travel, we are committed to accommodating diverse abilities whenever possible. 

To learn more about CPF, please visit here

​​​Who is responsible for the logistics? 

CPF and course instructors are responsible for delivering the project and organizing all necessary logistics for the trips. We have received detailed feedback from our pilot year in 2023 and are confident in our ability to execute the project efficiently, making it a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. 

What does it cost and what am I expected to bring?  

The project is run under sponsorship of the Clean Planet Foundation and all core project costs are covered by CPF. You will be required to cover the cost of transport within the UK (e.g. to get to Dartmoor in 2024), however, food, specialist equipment, and any future international travel will be covered by the project. You will be required to ​bring ​suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor activities in the UK, however, any polar-related activities will be covered. Those identifying as from a low-income background do have the opportunity to have their UK travel and outdoor clothing covered if they are unable to afford the project without this support.  

Where can I learn more? 

To learn more about the successful pilot year of the Clean Planet Peninsula project, please visit here. To learn more about the project in general, go here.



Does this project sound like the perfect opportunity for you? You have until May 2024 to let us know:

A group of early-career scientists on the Clean Planet Peninsula project undertaking research training
Clare, an Early-Career Research Scientist smiling at camera giving a testimonial
It's been brilliant. Just being outdoors doing our expedition training in the torrential rain has been absolutely great because everyone got on as a team.