Paul Rose introducing Explore 2018 © Frazer Waller
Over 350 people gathered at Lowther Lodge earlier this month for the Society’s 42nd annual Explore weekend, seeking advice, inspiration and contacts for scientific expeditions and field research projects across the globe.
Chaired by Paul Rose, this year’s main stage presentations illustrated the value of working with local collaborators and included: the Karakoram Anomaly Project II which is helping vulnerable mountain communities adapt to catastrophic glacial floods; Rangers Without Borders Eurasia who are working to improve the training and working conditions of wildlife guards; and Snow Leopard Conservation who are helping to empower local communities, especially young women, in Tajikistan.
A variety of workshops provided logistical advice and top tips, from keeping safe in challenging environments and designing effective field research projects, to specific field techniques and how to effectively communicate discoveries through good storytelling.
Explore 2018 not only provided plenty of insight into the logistics of fieldwork planning, but also opportunities to network and gain valuable contacts. Arzucan Askin attended this year’s Explore weekend, she said: “I went home with my head buzzing with ideas for fieldwork and expeditions, and also many new friendships and lasting co-operations. I look forward to many more geographical experiences, expeditions and research.”
If you missed this year’s Explore, Explore South West is taking place in Exeter on Saturday 9 February 2019. Find out more.
Looking for more information about expeditions and fieldwork? There is plenty of advice and a variety of resources freely available on our website to help you plan your next project. If you’re unsure where to begin, our Expedition Handbook is a good starting point.
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