Scientific Exploration Society (SES) is a UK-based charity (No. 267410) founded in 1969 by Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE and colleagues. A non-profit making organisation, SES leads, funds and supports scientific discovery, research and conservation in remote parts of the world offering knowledge, education and community aid.
A SES Explorer Award is intended to provide financial support to an individual who has instigated and is leading* their own expedition. This expedition will leave a lasting legacy in the field of scientific research, the local community/region and with the individual themselves.
This person will be a rising star in the world of exploration who will share the pioneering qualities and commitment of John Blashford-Snell.
Explorer Award winners are our ‘Pioneers with Purpose’ and proud SES Ambassadors. They will demonstrate that the knowledge and experience that they gain from leading their expedition will set them out as our future ‘Scientific Trailblazers’ in the world of exploration.
We aim to encourage the development of ‘Pioneers with Purpose’; the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate how they will use the knowledge and experience gained from leading their expedition to play a part in the important issues of today, and be an ambassador for the advancements that are essential to the environmental, conservation and scientific challenges that we all face.
He/she will demonstrate how their experiences gained in leading the expedition will clearly demonstrate the tangible (rather than purely observational) scientific value of their expedition and legacy that it will create, the way that can be communicated (ie scientific papers, media, film, talks etc.) – combined with an adventure which will capture the attention and inspire other people to go on and do great things.
* By exception, applicants for the Neville Shulman Explorer Award for Filmmaking and the Elodie Sandford Explorer Award for Amateur Photography need not be the leader of the expedition, but should be actively involved in the expedition planning and use their filmmaking/photography to communicate the aims and objectives of the expedition.