The St Helena Research Institute (SHRI) is a collaborative organisation founded in St Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean that supports research and opportunities for learning and promotes, collaborates and conducts research on the island.
The SHRI was launched in November 2019 with the goals:
• To promote and expand reputable research on St Helena that contributes to sustainable development;
• To protect St Helena’s people, heritage and environment;
• To ensure equitable benefit sharing, maximising benefits to St Helena and the researcher;
• To promote ethical, responsible, high-quality research that respects, protects and benefits St Helena’s society, culture, heritage and environment.
St Helena. Home to:
800+Fungi,lichens,algae and plants
Many fungi and lichens yet to be identified.
Creating and promoting opportunities for research, innovation and
the advancement of learning, ensuring that research and new
knowledge is accessible and used for the benefit of St Helena.
St Helena, Home to:
1,300+ terrestrial invertebrate species
400+ are believed to be endemic to the island.
SHRI Key events & Timeline
Education & Employment Committee approves St Helena Research Policy and St Helena Research Institute Policy.
Mirian Services Ltd, alongside the coordinator and members of the SHRI, Steering Group and SHRC, produces a Business Plan that sets out the aims, key functions and activities of the SHRI, describing operating environment, SWOT Analysis and phased implementation development.
Recruitment of a part-time Administration Support Officer. Officer to become permanent August 2020.
Education & Employment Committee approves the application form to
conduct research on St Helena; associated guidelines and protocols for researchers;
and the fee structure for research applications.
Official launch of the SHRI at dual events on St Helena and in London.
SHRI website goes live. Recognition of struggle to keep the website updated.
Saint women of science promoted for International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Phase 1 Data Management Project (funded by JNCC and delivered by SAERI)
provides beginner and advanced courses in QGIS supported by the St Helena
Community College (SHCC). Among the attendees were people from the public
sector, private companies, the SHNT and SHRI.
Initiation of DPLUS103 Climate Change and Drought Warning Network led by ENRP
in partnership with Connect St Helena Ltd, Arctium and SHRI.
Co-hosting of a St Helena/Falkland Islands discussion panel with SAERI, sponsored
by Enterprise St Helena and SURE SA Ltd for Island Innovation’s Virtual Island
Summit 2020. More than 25 people attend during the week 7 September to
11 September and 457 people from more than 84 countries and islands around the
world listen to the discussion, including more than 45 on St Helena.
One-day St Helena Environment Conference “From Discovery to Discovery,”
organised by the SHRI with support from St Helena Tourism and hosted at the
SHCC. Provides a platform for 18 speakers to showcase the diversity of fields
of study being conducted on the island across a wide range of organisations
(7) including independent research; and provides a platform for sharing with
professionals, school pupils and members of the public the knowledge and benefits
that projects and research are generating.
SAERI and SHRI jointly host a PhD information event to encourage South Atlantic
islanders to apply for four PhD opportunities advertised for the region.
↑Do you want to contribute to science? Submit your wildlife records.↑
For information on preparing for your visit to St Helena, please check out the following weblinks:
Frequently Asked Questions
Time on St Helena is always GMT.
Electric plugs are the same as the UK. Bring an adaptor if you don’t have UK appliances.
- Taxi 4 u Reynolds Auto Cab – 24931
- Crowie’s taxi’s – 61911 or 66774
- Joshua’s taxi – 61138
- Leslie’s taxi service – 61441
- Blue Lantern Car Hire – 25555
- Fox Motors Care Hire – 24404
- Colin’s Garage Hire-Drive – 22742
For much of the year, temperatures remain between 20-27°C. Temperatures in the central areas are, on average, 5 – 6 °C lower.
The sun is intense in the Southern Hemisphere, even when cloudy, so don’t forget sunscreen (preferably one that is marine-friendly if you’re going in the water!) and a hat.
If you plan to hike, bring sturdy walking boots and a pole if you use one – it can be slippery and quite steep on many of the trails.
Banking services on St Helena Island are provided by the Bank of St Helena. Sterling is accepted in shops and restaurants on the island but change will often be given in Saint Helena Pounds. Therefore credit and debit cards are not accepted.
St Helena Research Institute
Canarvon Court, Education Learning Centre, Jamestown, St Helena
T. 00 (290) 22607