SES EXPLORER AWARDS

THE SES EXPLORER AWARDS

Echoing the Scientific Exploration Society (SES) long history of worldwide exploration and pioneering leadership, our quest to encourage ‘Pioneers with Purpose’ is the primary focus of the SES Explorer Awards, designed to support inspiring leaders through scientific exploration at the frontiers of human discovery. We seek to enhance their chosen careers by providing high profile Awards for their projects that will also leave a lasting legacy and benefit. We seek the rising stars who could become major players in the next generation, willing to take on risks in a sensible way and who share the values of grit, curiosity, integrity and leadership that pioneers like SES Founder John Blashford-Snell expound.

Our aim over the next decade is to showcase the finest feats of contemporary explorers alongside a new generation who can be inspired by them. We believe the values expressed through the best kind of leadership, exposing integrity, understanding risk, pursuing scientific excellence and endeavour, are all values that the world urgently needs today to navigate the different choices facing humanity.

HOW TO APPLY

Below are details of the SES Explorer Awards 2017. All considering applying for an Award should carefully read The SES Explorer Awards 2017  Introduction Guidance Notes.pdf (126 KB), and the specific Award details below.

Applications are invited by 12:00GMT on Friday 13th January 2017
Applicants will be informed of the Trustees’ decision by email not later than 31st March 2017

Before submitting an application, we urge those considering applying for an Award to contact us with a brief outline of their plan including:
1. Why you chose this expedition
2. What you personally hope to gain from leading the expedition in terms of your personal development and career aspirations - your credentials to be a ‘Pioneer with Purpose’ and supporter appeal
3. Why the expedition is innovative and adventurous
4. A very brief summary of the aims, objectives and legacy of the research
the team, collaborators and your leadership credentials to date
5. Your output and communication plan - both in the scientific and wider interest fields.

It takes a lot of time to prepare an application and we would not want anybody’s time to be wasted in vain! If your outline matches the Award criteria you will be sent an application form. Please do note that applications must be submitted by individuals, and usually the person instigating the expedition (please refer to individual Award criteria). We do not support NGO or other organisation lead projects.

SES EXPLORER AWARDS COMMITTEE: John Blashford-Snell OBE, DSc(Hon), D Eng(hc), FRSGS, Andrew Mitchell BSc, FRGS, Barry Moss FRGS, Diane Allen, Edward Cooper, James Borrell, Sally Reid.

SES EXPLORER AWARDS 2017

Below are the SES Explorer Awards currently available for 2017, we are very grateful to the Supporters for their generous support.

THE SES NEVILLE SHULMAN FILM AWARD 2017

An Award of £7,000 and the exclusive right to become:
THE SES NEVILLE SHULMAN EXPLORER 2017

Explorer, Mountaineer, Adventurer and Author Neville Shulman CBE is a long-time member and supporter of the SES, and we are delighted that he has included the Society amongst his many charitable interests. He is personal consultant and advisor to Ridley Scott, and with a wide and varied interest in film, culture (Director of the International Institute for Dance and Theatre) and exploration.
Combining these interests, Neville has very kindly supported The SES Neville Shulman Film Award and will offer pre and post production mentoring if logistics allow. The Award is to support projects focussing on the intangible and / or tangible heritage in a foreign land. The applicant should be someone who has filmmaking knowledge or experience, and is either organising or closely involved in the planning of a scientific and/or geographical expedition and who will produce a short film in order to communicate the planning and results to a wider expedition audience.
Within the application procedure, applicants must detail their plan for a film, at least 5 minutes in length, to be made post expedition and shown at the SES Explorer Awards presentation in 2018.

THE SES RIVERS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR HEALTH AND HUMANITIES 2017

An Award of £5,000 and the exclusive right to become:
THE SES RIVERS FOUNDATION EXPLORER 2017

The Rivers Foundation has for many years provided support for children and young adults, both in the UK and internationally. It particularly focuses on the education, social development and medical well-being of young people. Alan Rivers, chairman of The Rivers Foundation is a long-time friend and supporter of John Blashford-Snell and the SES, and has generously donated money to purchase and school books to be distributed by John during his expeditions as well as medical equipment and supplies. The Rivers Foundation also has an interest in development of the arts, culture and music, and would love to hear about projects involving development of these areas within their expedition.
Now in its 3rd year, the focus of The SES Rivers Foundation Award 2017 has moved away from medical expeditions and aims to support projects benefitting communities in deprived and under-developed regions of the world, or where the expedition will assist in cultural development or practices within those communities.

THE SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER AWARD 2017

An Award of £5,000 and the exclusive right to become:
THE SES SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER 2017

Sir Charles Blois is a long-time friend to and supporter of the SES. His passion for travel and adventure is unquenchable - on a par with that of John Blashford-Snell who he hails as his inspiration.
A new Award for 2017, The SES Charles Blois Explorer Award has been created to support a Pioneer with Purpose undertaking an adventurous expedition with strong physical requirements in a challenging environment which aims to produce new science, physical or anthropological insight into little known peoples. Also of great interest will be a scientific expedition or journey which re-traces the journey of a famous explorer or scientific pioneer - somebody who endeavours to go ‘one step further’ on their exploration of scientific research, remoteness or innovative recreation of a past journey or discovery.  Sir Charles will favour and where film and / or photography will be used to share the success .

THE SES INSPIRATIONAL EXPLORER AWARD 2017

An Award of £5,000 and the exclusive right to become:
THE SES ‘INSPIRATIONAL’ EXPLORER 2017

The Trustees of the SES, together with Foundations, organisations and individuals wishing to make smaller contributions to the SES ‘Inspiration’ Explorer Award, thus creating a pool of £5,000.

They now invite applications from the most inspirational of ‘Pioneers with Purpose’, those whose expedition has that special ‘something’ be it in terms of the nature of research, the legacy it offers, or any other aspects of the expedition.

We are grateful to:
The Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust
The O’Hea Family Trust
Avocet Insurance Consultants
Orwell Securities Ltd
The Trustees of the SES
for their generous contributions to this Award.

THE SES GOUGH EXPLORER AWARD 2017

An Award of £4,000 and the exclusive right to become:
THE SES GOUGH EXPLORER 2017

The SES Gough Explorer Award is a new Award for 2017, supported by Viscount Gough. Viscount Gough’s association with the SES began when he joined the Operation Drake expeditions in Papua New Guinea and Kenya in 1978-80. Since then, he has remained a loyal friend to and supporter of the Society, particularly with Hon Archivist Captain Jim Masters OBE. The SES Gough Explorer Award has been created to support an individual leading an expedition the main or partial focus of which is to carry out either medical aid or associated research within communities in developing regions of the world.

THE SES ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER AWARD 2017

An Award of not less than £4,000 and the exclusive right to become:
THE SES ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER 2017

(donations in memory of Elodie are still being received, and will be collated and the final Award total announced by 9th December 2016)

The SES Elodie Sandford Explorer Award has been created by family and friends in memory of Elodie, an honorary Vice-President of the Society and keen photographer. The recipient will be a person who partakes in an adventurous, innovative project who can demonstrate how the use of photography will focus attention on the needs of indigenous people living in a remote area and/or the plight of fauna and flora.
The applicant should be an amateur rather than a professional photographer and must show that his or her photographs will be of real benefit to the people, the environment, fauna or flora. The applicant should either be an exceptional individual who has instigated and will lead their own expedition, or for this particular award, an individual who proposes to join an expedition in a supportive role but who can demonstrate the value of photography as a means of communicating their passion for the purpose of the expedition to a wider audience.
The sharing of images from the expedition is an important part of the expedition output, and a tangible means by which the Award winner can inspire others interest in the particular issues the expedition seeks to address. It is suggested therefore that the Award recipient be asked to reserve up to £300 to help disseminate photographs through Social Media and other channels to the widest relevant audience possible, and a modest display at the 2017 SES Explorer Awards event. Their proposal for how this can best be achieved should be included in their application.

THE SES CADOGAN TATE EXPLORER AWARD 2017

An Award of £2,000 and the exclusive right to become:
THE SES CADOGAN TATE EXPLORER 2017

Global removal company Cadogan Tate has been enormously helpful to the SES for many years, having moved stores to expedition equipment to destinations throughout the world. They have built a loyal following amongst individuals and organisations who expect the highest level of service and expertise.

Now in its 4th year, The SES Cadogan Tate Explorer Award of £2,000 is designed to support expeditions focussing on the advancement of organic and natural practices, conservation, and preservation of our planet, life on the planet and its environment, and taking place within under-developed regions of the world.

BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE SES EXPLORER AWARDS - A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR SUPPORTING SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION
Would you consider supporting a Pioneer with Purpose through the SES Explorer Awards?  There is a great opportunity for individuals and organisations alike to encourage, recognise and reward the next generation of outstanding leaders in the world of scientific exploration and sustainability. 
By supporting a bespoke Award or series of Awards, or contributing to a collective Award you can support a rising star through their daring journey, scientific research and watch them go onto achieve great objectives whilst carrying their supporters’ name with pride.
Please do click here  SES Awards for Exploration.pdf (3.16 MB) or contact us to learn more about the unique opportunity we offer.

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