Scientific Exploration Society

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Scientific Exploration Society


When was the Scientific Exploration Society (SES) founded and how?

In 1969, a group of like-minded scientists and explorers came together to found the society following the successful descent of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia--the world's first inflatable-raft expedition.

What does the SES do?

The SES is one of the most established bodies in the field of exploration and endeavour and a leading organisation for excellence in conservation. Through a worldwide programme of challenging expeditions, the SES initiates and supports scientific, conservation and education projects. Six or more projects are run each year, from studying endangered elephants in West Africa to mapping pre-Columbian archaeology in Panama. SES teams consist of scientists and specialists, fee-paying participants and professional staff. Expeditions range in length from two weeks to three months, with teams of 12-45 people aged 18-70. While relevant skills are useful, participants aren't required to have any specific qualifications.

Give an example of a current project

Forty individuals from the UK, USA and Ethiopia are currently undertaking an expedition in Ethiopia that will combine the first descent of the Beschillo River, a tributary of the Blue Nile, with an extensive biodiversity survey. …

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