Magazine article Geographical

Some Words of Advice

Magazine article Geographical

Some Words of Advice

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THE RGS-IBG Expedition Advisory Centre is the UK's main organisation for assisting and inspiring small independent expeditions and field research projects. It provides information, training and advice to anyone embarking on a scientific or adventurous expedition - and does so for more than 500 teams each year. These teams range from large adventurous projects (such as crossing the ice-caps, or major mountaineering, caving, canoeing and diving ventures) to more modest research, conservation and community activities organised by school, youth and university groups.

Some of the best known names in exploration have called on the Expedition Advisory Centre for help and advice, but whatever type of expedition you are planning, the Centre is sure to be able to help you in some way.

Unique collection

The RGS-IBG also houses a unique collection of Expedition Reports. Over 3,500 reports contain details of the achievements and research results of expeditions to almost every country of the world. The catalogue of these Reports, and further details of over 7,500 planned and past expeditions, are held on a database that provides contact with leaders of a wide variety of sporting, scientific and youth expeditions. Details date from 1965 to the present day making it an invaluable resource and enabling expedition leaders to share their experience and expertise.

The Expeditions Database is searchable from the Society's website so you can obtain an on-line list of reports and/or details of past expeditions for your chosen destination or research area. Even if you are only at the initial planning stages of your own expedition, you might also like to register your expedition plans on the database or put out a call for extra expedition members. And, of course, once your expedition or field research project is complete, the RGS-IBG is always grateful to receive a copy of your expedition report.

Getting out there is important: getting back more so. Helping to improve health and safety for expeditions and field research projects is a key part of the EAC's work. Members of the RGS-IBG Expedition Medical Cell advise on all medical matters relating to fieldwork in remote and challenging environments. …

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