Magazine article Geographical

Exploring Expedition Preparation

Magazine article Geographical

Exploring Expedition Preparation

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EDITORIAL: This month, the Society's annual Explore conference, organised by the Expedition Advisory Centre (EAC), will bring together exploration enthusiasts from all over the world with interests ranging from scientific and cultural research to gap-year travel and adventure.

In terms of outreach, the EAC is the world's leading expedition centre, and it's no surprise that Explore is the highlight of many expedition planners' calendars. The two-day conference is the place to come to find the inspiration, contacts and practical advice you need for planning an overseas venture.

The EAC is part of the Society's Expedition and Fieldwork Division, which has managed and supported field-research projects for more than 25 years. And each year, it advises and assists more than S00 teams in preparing their own expeditions. In addition to one-to-one advice, the centre publishes books on many aspects of fieldwork and expedition planning and arranges regular training seminars and workshops.

With the Society's five-year strategy about to swing into action, new initiatives will further extend the EAC's activities, primarily by working in partnership with the government's attempts to get students out of the classroom, and in developing standards for safe expedition and fieldwork practice.

The Society has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting expeditions and field research, which has continued to the present with several successful Society-led research programmes, including the Wahiba Sands Project in Oman, which investigated environmental change in a desert environment, and the recent Shoals of Capricorn Project in the Indian Ocean, which monitored the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems. …

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