Advice

Leading an Expedition

Leading an expedition can be an immensely satisfying and rewarding experience. However, it can also be difficult, frustrating and bewildering with a huge responsibility set on your shoulders to build and manage a team, raise funds, set scientific goals and organise all the logistics which will ensure a successful summer for you and your team. You’re not alone though, and you’re lucky to be able to call on the combined experience of numerous hardy souls who have gone before you! Some advice is provided below, but if you have any more questions or need advice please don’t hesitate to ask!

Getting Started

Getting started with planning your expedition can be a daunting thought but don’t worry, there’s plenty of advice and guidance here to make sure you don’t miss a thing:

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Funding Your Expedition

It’s likely that once you’ve started planning your expedition your thoughts will quickly turn to how to finance the work you want to do. As well as personal contributions and fundraising there are a number of organisations who might be willing to help fund your research.

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Writing an Expedition Proposal

To focus your research plans and attract funding you’ll need to write an expedition proposal which outlines what you want to do, who is in your team, your logistical plans, and the budget.

Find out exactly what you need to do and look at these examples to help you get started:

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Methods

Once you’ve thought about what you want to do, you might need to think about how to do it. Whether you’re surveying frogs or birds or actually speaking to people you can get some useful pointers here.

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Writing a Risk Assessment

Risk assessments are an important part of your preparation and provide you with the knowledge that if things do go wrong when you’re in the field you’ll already have planned how to deal with them.

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When You Get Home

It’s not all over when you get back from the field – there are reports, presentations and writing up still to come!

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