Scientific Exploration Society Awards 2015 open to Award holders

Published: 6 Nov 2014

Award holders out on an expedition in the mountains

Adventurous Award participants could receive up to £8,500 to help fund the cost of their scientific expeditions thanks to the Scientific Exploration Society (SES).

SES is undertaking a global search for ‘Pioneers with Purpose’ – outstanding individuals who are planning expeditions that combine worthwhile scientific research with daring adventure.

Creating a legacy

Just as the Adventurous Journey section of the Award aims to instil a positive spirit of discovery in teams taking part, the SES Awards aim to support young people planning an inspirational expedition through a range of sponsored categories.

With last year’s winning projects spanning locations as diverse as the coral reefs of Belize, the Ethiopian Highlands and the Arctic, the knowledge and understanding the young leaders gain through ‘in field’ experience provides a legacy within their research area and beyond.

Sally Reid, Executive Director at SES said: “The SES Awards could be a great opportunity for young people who have perhaps achieved their Gold Award and are honing in on a chosen career path in the area of scientific exploration and discovery.

“Last year a third of the applications we received were from outside of the UK, but we would love to extend this opportunity to even more rising stars undertaking exciting expeditions in different countries.”

The SES was founded in 1969 and, like The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, has a proven history of innovative expeditions including many world firsts.

One of its greatest legacies is to have encouraged young people worldwide to discover their potential by setting up Operation Raleigh, which continues today as sustainable development charity Raleigh International.

How to apply

Applications for the Awards, which should be submitted in English, are open until 31 December 2014.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in May 2015 hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Honorary Vice President of SES.

The Scientific Exploration Society

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