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Do you care about the environment we live in?
Have you accomplished something, big or small, that demonstrates your desire to help change and/or preserve the world as you know it?
Will you be between the ages of 18-25 from May 2021 – May 2023?

We’re inviting one young person from each country to fly to one of the ports that Darwin visited, to join Darwin200’s floating laboratory, to have a life-changing experience to inspire, empower to change their lives and give them the skills they need to help change the world of tomorrow.

World-renowned
experts to leverage

During their stays onboard, each Darwin200 Leader will be immersed in an intensive, life-changing program of science, natural history and conservation training that will be carefully crafted to hone research skills and sustainable-management thinking. It is hoped that each leader will show considerable initiative to undertake their placement activities, and potentially yield real discoveries, publishable data and new findings.

Under the guidance of their Darwin200 Mentor, an onboard team of globally-renowned conservation experts, active PhD researchers and professional wildlife film-makers, each of the Darwin200 Leaders will engage in their own active research

projects, experiments and fieldwork, to explore a subject Darwin himself studied and analyse what changes have occurred since Darwin’s time, and what solutions and conservation strategies are required for sustainable management and survival.

For example, it could be that a Darwin200 Leader goes to the Galapagos and chooses Frigate birds as their Darwin200 project. During the week on the ship they will use it as a floating resource to study the Frigate birds of the islands, look at the impact of their populations, find out the reasons and the causes behind those changes and find / put forward solutions to help save problems that they identify.

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Field study

At the end of their stay, each Leader will present a two-page written report for release online on the Darwin200 website.

Mini-documentary

to be released on YouTube and this website at the end of their stay, each Darwin200 Leader will film, narrate, edit and release a short (circa 5-minute) film summarising their field study activities, findings and conservation/management recommendations for the future. Guidance will be offered by professional film-makers on board the ship including use of drones to make raw footage and they will provide all the tool to edit and cut a story

Research

Darwin200 Leaders are encouraged to engage in the real research programs and experiments being undertaken on board the ship to experience and communicate modern-day discoveries.

Live stream lectures

Each leader will define their own subject, which could be a summary of their experiences on board the ship, evaluation of their field study findings, reflections on making a mini-documentary, or commentary on the research projects that they followed. The live lecture will also include a Q&A session for global audience participation, but it is hoped a large percentage of the audience will be from their home country.

The international stage for conservation and science

Each Darwin200 Leader will stream their research, discoveries and findings live to communicate their experiences to audiences around the globe. Each Darwin200 Leader will have the goal of reaching an audience of at least 1 million people in their home country and globally, enabling the Darwin200 project to reach a total of at least 200 million people via all Darwin200 Leaders collectively.

Each country will follow their guy or girl on the ship every day during their stay and see what they are up to. They’ll be able to find out the latest stuff…what they’ve discovered! Darwin200 Leaders will share content about their project via blogs, social media, live lectures, live video calls etc, which will be broadcast and published live from the ship to all over the world.

We realise these leaders of tomorrow won’t save the world just through their projects but what they are going to do is obtain the skills to take forward for the next 50 years of their lives and careers and this is the living legacy of the project. This is the bit that really will have a global impact.

Selection process and entry criteria

Darwin200 Leaders will not be sailing in between ports on the high seas. They will be flown to the port assigned, put up in a hotel and will get to work onboard the ship, while in-port. They will be assigned a Darwin200 Mentor, each one background-checked, and will be in the presence of the Darwin200 core team at all times.

Selection process

Darwin200 Leaders will be selected through an application process, publicised with major NGO partners, embassies and governments across the globe. All applicants will be judged fairly and freely. Applications will be open to people of all nationalities and languages. It is particularly hoped that applications from less developed corners of the world will participate, providing resources and inspiration to countries and languages perhaps not traditionally associated with scientific research and conservation understanding.

Academic qualifications will be valued, but real experience and accomplishments on the ground with tangible results to create positive change will be the most valued quality sought for in applicants. Rigorous analysis of applications by a judging committee will select the top young conservation-leaders in two hundred countries and states across the globe. All travel costs will be covered for each Darwin200 Leader.

Criteria
  • You will be between 18-25 years of age between May 2021 and May 2023
  • You can demonstrate and give an example of something you have done that cares for the environment – for example, you could have planted hundreds of trees in your rural village in Ethiopia to help mitigate soil erosion

Award ceremony

On completion of the Darwin200 voyage, a major award ceremony will be organised at a high-profile location, which will be attended by renowned environmental celebrities and patrons to celebrate the achievements of the voyage and reward the Darwin200 Leaders and showcase their studies and findings.

The achievements of each Darwin200 Leader during their placements on board the Darwin200 ship will be reviewed in front of the live audience at the award ceremony. The results of a judging committee will be announced, and a certificate along with a gold medallion (with a £1,000 reward), silver medallion (£500 reward) or bronze medallion (£250 reward) will be presented to each Darwin200 Leader on stage. Additional prizes will be awarded for enthusiasm, passion, creativity, and initiative in public engagement.

All expenses for the participation of each Darwin200 Leader and his/her mentor will be covered.

The patron of the event will also announce the final names selected (from those submitted by the Darwin200 Leaders and the public) for the new species discovered during the Darwin200 voyage, along with winners of the online schools’ and students’ competitions and activities.

Massive press coverage will be generated and each table at the award ceremony will honour philanthropists and sponsors of the Darwin200 project.

On completion of the Darwin200 voyage, a major award ceremony will be organised at a high-profile location, which will be attended by renowned environmental celebrities and patrons to celebrate the achievements of the voyage and reward the Darwin200 Leaders and showcase their studies and findings.

The achievements of each Darwin200 Leader during their placements on board the Darwin200 ship will be reviewed in front of the live audience at the award ceremony.

The results of a judging committee will be announced, and a certificate along with a gold medallion (with a £1,000 reward), silver medallion (£500 reward) or bronze medallion (£250 reward) will be presented to each Darwin200 Leader on stage. Additional prizes will be awarded for enthusiasm, passion, creativity, and initiative in public engagement.

All expenses for the participation of each Darwin200 Leader and his/her mentor will be covered.

The patron of the event will also announce the final names selected (from those submitted by the Darwin200 Leaders and the public) for the new species discovered during the Darwin200 voyage, along with winners of the online schools’ and students’ competitions and activities.

Massive press coverage will be generated and a table at the award ceremony will honour philanthropists and sponsors of the Darwin200 project.