Scientific Exploration Society (SES) is a British Charity dedicated to the exploration and conservation of the planet. It was founded in 1969 by Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE and colleagues and since then has engaged in more than 200 expeditions in remote parts of the world. Many thousands of people have participated in these expeditions, not least those of Operations Drake and Raleigh, which engaged young people from many countries in life-changing exploration, citizen science, and adventure.

SES today continues its work to promote exploration and to act as a portal to the world of expeditions involved in climate change, environmental protection, and conservation. SES supports and promotes expeditions through funding, mentoring, training, and endorsement. In the process, we collaborate with under-resourced communities around the globe, seeking sustainable solutions and highlighting the challenges faced with our wider community. Members and friends enjoy charity events and regular Explorer Talks and are also given opportunities to go on exciting SES Endorsed scientific expeditions.

SES has a dedicated Advisory Board consisting of famous explorers and naturalists including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Dr Jane Goodall, Rosie Stancer, Pen Hadow, Bear Grylls, Mark Beaumont, Tim Peake, Steve Backshall, Vanessa O’Brien, and Levison Wood. Without its support, and that of its generous benefactors, members, trustees, volunteers, and part-time staff, SES would not achieve all that it does.

SES 2023 Oscars of Exploration video