Scientific Exploration Society (SES) is a UK-based charity (No. 267410) founded in 1969 by Colonel John Blashford-Snell and colleagues. A non-profit making organisation, SES leads, funds and supports scientific discovery, research and conservation in remote parts of the world.
Echoing SES’s long and impressive history of worldwide exploration and pioneering leadership, it is the Society’s quest to enable the next generation of scientific trailblazers and pioneers with purpose through the Explorer Awards programme.
Each year, SES aims to encourage and enhance chosen careers by providing high-profile awards for scientific exploration at the frontiers of human discovery, and projects that will also leave a lasting legacy and benefit. SES seeks rising stars, whose passion for environmental sustainability, health and conservation, set them out to become major influencers for future generations.
SES Explorers need to be prepared to take on monumental physical, logistical, and global challenges and share the values of grit, curiosity, integrity and leadership that pioneers like SES Founder and Honorary President John Blashford-Snell exemplify.
Each winner receives a grant to support an expedition that they will lead*, and that will focus on scientific discovery, research, and conservation. Expedition reports detailing the scientific research undertaken are produced by the winners and disseminated to relevant organisations, and via SES channels.
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.
This person will also demonstrate how their experiences gained in leading the expedition will clearly demonstrate the tangible (rather than purely observational) scientific value of their expedition, the legacy that it will create and the way that it can be communicated (ie scientific papers, media, film, talks etc.) – combined with an adventure that 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.