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We are all aware of climate change and the effect that it is having on the world around us, but how many of us have actually seen first hand the impact it is having on the islands of the Arctic Ocean? The polar regions show tangible evidence of the devastating effects of climate change and The British Schools Exploring society (BSES Expeditions) has an unique expedition to Arctic Svalbard (Spitzbergen), where young explorers can study and explore one of the worlds most pristine islands.

BSES Expeditions are calling all budding scientists and explorers to apply for this incredible three month expedition in Spring 2008. The deadline for applicants is 9 November, with a training weekend on 17 and 18 November 2007, so all 18-23 year olds who don’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity need to get their applications in quickly.

Will Taunton-Burnet, BSES Expeditions Executive Director explains, “Svalbard is 600 miles away from the North Pole, and over 60% of the island is covered by glaciers, making it a scientists and explorers paradise. The lucky team will cross-country ski across remote and stunning landscapes, live and camp in the Arctic wilderness, as well as work along side qualified scientists to complete hands-on fieldwork projects with the aim of gaining a more personal appreciation for this unique environment and the issues facing it today. It is only through educating the next generation that we can hope to protect the environment in the long term. The explorers will also need to be on the look out for Polar Bears, as of course the Arctic is home to the endangered species.”

The glacial setting is ideal for investigating climate change. The serious science that the 21-strong group will undertake also includes glacial geomorphology research surveying glaciers and ornithology projects investigating bird migration, both of which act as key indicators to global warming.

Will Taunton-Burnet continues, “We are urging any 18-23 who are enthusiastic about adventure and science to apply for this expedition. You don’t need to have masses of outdoors experience as training will be provided; you simply need to have the plenty of enthusiasm and determination. Few would dispute that taking part in a BSES expedition is a life changing experience. The combination of physical and mental challenges in remote the Arctic environment encourages the development of personal confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, as well as a spirit of adventure and exploration.”

The total cost of this BSES Expedition is £5,000 (excluding flights which are expected to be £500). In many instances, the total fund is met by a combination of fundraising, sponsorship and bursaries.

“We realise that the expedition represents a significant investment, but BSES is offering fundraising help every step of the way, plus the opportunity of a personal mentor and bursary funding,” says Will Taunton-Burnet.

All prospective applicants need to do is email or visit the website at to download an application form.

Professor David Bellamy praises the BSES Expeditions as they are a way to “discover yourself and help save the world’s most important places”.

Nancy Pickup, Marketing Manager at BSES Expeditions
BSES Expeditions, The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore,
London, SW7 2AR
Telephone: 020 7591 3141, fax: 020 7591 3140, email:

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Notes to editors:

The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) is a non-profit UK-based charity which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1932 by the late Surgeon Commander G Murray Levick, a member of Scott’s Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13, the BSES is one of the longest running organisations of its type.

Over the past 75 years, the BSES has:

Discovered one new site of bushman artwork and artefacts in Africa.
Trekked 57.6 times around the world. (That’s 2,303,840 km!)
Measured 133 glacier snouts in the Arctic.
Recorded 13,860 blood pressures in high altitude physiology studies.
Protected 30,000 turtle eggs.

Based at The Royal Geographical Society in London, BSES Expeditions has provided opportunities for young people of all abilities between the ages of 16 and 23 to take part in adventure projects that involve science research in wilderness areas.

Recently honoured by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG at their annual awards ceremony, BSES Expeditions received The Geographical Award for ‘engaging young people with scientific fieldwork through expeditions’ for the past 75 years.

The BSES 75th Anniversary Appeal has been launched with the aim providing the funding to encourage and enable more young people from all sectors of society to join these worthwhile expeditions.

For further information:

Please contact Giselle Daverat, 020 7017 0895 or at The Yes Consultancy.

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