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.

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POTENTIAL SES EXPLORER AWARD APPLICANTS

Below are details of the SES Explorer Awards 2017. Full terms and conditions and Application forms will be uploaded shortly, and the closing date for applications Friday 13th January 2017.

Before submitting an application, we urge those considering applying for an Award to contact us and tell us:
>Why you chose this expedition
>What you personally hope to gain by leading it in terms of your personal development and career aspirations - your credentials to be a ‘Pioneer with Purpose’ and supporter appeal
>Why you and the project will appeal to and inspire a wider audience and how the expedition will help you progress in your chosen area of scientific exploration
>Why the expedition is innovative, adventurous and will inspire a wider audience
>A very brief summary of the aims, objectives and legacy of the research
>The team and your leadership credentials to date
>Your 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! 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 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
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 (Vice president of the UNESCO Culture Committee) and travel. Combining these interest, Neville has very kindly supported The SES Neville Shulman Film Award of £7000, and will offer pre and post production mentoring if logistics allow. The Award, now in its 3rd year 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 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
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. An award of £5,000 is available, and designed to support projects benefitting communities in deprived and under-developed regions of the world, where the expedition will assist in cultural development or practices within those communities, or for anthropological projects including those with an artistic, musical or cultural interest.

THE SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER AWARD 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. The SES Charles Blois Explorer Award is a new Award for 2017, and offers £5,000 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 hopes to see a plan which will use film and photography to share the expedition success with a wide audience.

THE SES INSPIRATIONAL EXPLORER AWARD 2017
The Trustees of the SES, together with Foundations, organisations and individuals making smaller contributions to the SES collectively support the SES ‘Inspirational’ Explorer Award, this year standing at £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
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 of £4,000 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
A new Award for 2017, the SES Elodie Sandford Explorer Award of not less than £4,000 (As contributions are received this Award will grow - please check regularly for current status), 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 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. Applications should also outline plans for an exhibition to celebrate and share the expedition success.

THE SES CADOGAN TATE EXPLORER AWARD 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 get in touch via our contact form or click here

 FINAL SES Awards for Exploration.pdf (2.39 MB)

to learn more about the unique opportunity we offer.

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