Presenting: Adventure Canada’s Scientist-in-Residence Program


We are proud to present an exciting new program debuting for the 2016 sailing season aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Read on to find out how we are helping spread love for and knowledge of the areas to which we travel through innovative intersections between research-based science and Arctic expedition cruising!

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The Concept:

Adventure Canada is keenly interested in expanding world knowledge of the areas to which we travel. We believe that only though better knowledge and understanding, will we be able to protect these areas and inspire the general public to take an actionable interest.

To that end, starting with our 2016 expeditions, Adventure Canada will be providing one cabin—two berths—aboard each of our voyages, for the purpose of scientific study. The cruise itself, as well as any charter flights will be provided. Transport to and from the point of embarkation will be the responsibility of the applicants. We would like to offer the scientist-in-residence an opportunity to observe the environments and communities visited by the cruise and interact with individuals on the ship with and interest in the research area.

Please note that Adventure Canada is interested in all types of science—from social science experiments, to ethnobiology, climatology, geological, oceanography, and beyond.

 

The Process:

Adventure Canada will have a RFP process through which interested scientists can apply for the space available aboard our voyages.

Proposals must take into account our proposed itineraries and the constraints that come along with the need to move along a predetermined—but sometime changing —sailing schedule.

 

Proposals will be judged on the basis of:

  1. Passenger Participation — does the proposal involve our passengers?
  2. Community participation — does the proposal involve the stakeholders in the regions we visit?
  3. Perceived interest to the public at large.

 

Adventure Canada would also like to be able to promote the type of science and the specific projects that are taking place onboard the vessel though its website, social media, and any other outlets it deems appropriate.

We would also like to be notified on studies or reports published so that we can share the results with our passengers and constituents, to help promote the knowledge base we are helping to build.

Should there be insufficient interest, or should the applications not be deemed to have enough merit, the spaces will not be allocated, but Adventure Canada will endeavour to source as many proposals as possible.

A board comprised of Adventure Canada’s executives and the scientists they currently employ on board will judge proposals. They will meet twice yearly to evaluate proposals.

 

Guidelines for Applications

Proposals should be short and succinct: less than 1000 words, yet including enough information for Adventure Canada to make a decision with the information below. An existing research program or funding proposal with a cover letter briefly outlining the below is also acceptable.

 

  • Problem Statement — How their research would be supported by participation on an Adventure Canada trip. 
  • Research Project Participants
  • Anticipated Results and Benefits                               
  • Proposed Activities during trip
  • Equipment Needed                                                           
  • Timetable of Activities                                                
  • Proposed Passenger Participation (if relevant)
  • Proposed Community Consultation or Participation (if relevant)

 

Please send all inquiries and proposals to science@adventurecanada.com, to the attention of Clayton Anderson.

We’ll be kicking off the program through our partnership with Beakerhead, Canada’s premier science festival, taking place in Calgary from September 16–20, 2016. Co-founded by Adventure Canada friend Jay Ingram, Beakerhead is a hands-on, citywide celebration of science. As in-kind sponsors Adventure Canada will announce the Scientist-in-Residence program to a captive audience of Canada’a top scientists across all fields, encouraging those interested to apply to be a part.

“We have always been keenly interested in expanding world knowledge of the areas we travel,” says Cedar Swan, Adventure Canada CEO. “We believe that only through better knowledge and understanding will we be able to protect these areas and inspire the general public to take an actionable interest.”

 

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