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Grants awarded: 2020

Grants awarded: 2020

The Gino Watkins Memorial Fund, under the joint trusteeship of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Geographical Society, gives grants towards expeditions that meet its objectives of guiding and inspiring enterprising people towards scientific research and exploration in the polar regions.

The Committee of Managers of the Fund would like to thank the Augustine Courtauld Trust for their ongoing support. The members of the Committee who served during the year were Dr L Craig (Chair), Professor J Dowdeswell, Mr R Durbridge, Dr D Goodman, Mrs P Goodman, Mr N Gwynne, Dr M Humphreys, Mr R Page, Mr O Sanders, Professor R C Schroter, Dr M Tinsley, and Dr F Wensley.

The Committee met on the 29th February 2020 and made the following awards:





Baffin Island, June-July 2020

Postponed due to COVID-19

A climbing expedition to the mountains around the Summit Lake area of Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island, Canada


Somatic polyploidisation in Saxifraga, Svalbard, July 2020

Postponed due to COVID-19

To work as a Volunteer Research Assistant for a UNIS Masters fieldwork project on plant ecology by collecting data on purple saxifrage in Longyearbyen, Norway


Zero Impact Adventures, Greenland, March-May 2020

Postponed due to COVID-19

To climb two first summits in the Stauning Alps, break an endurance world record and collect high definition footage of the region for a feature documentary

£2,000 + £2,000 Arctic Club = £4,000

NW Greenland kayak climb/microplastic survey, July-August 2020

Postponed due to COVID-19

To kayak unsupported and climb new routes north of Upernavik and to participate in the global citizen science project 'The Big Microplastic Survey' (

£2,000 + £1,000 Arctic Club = £3,000

Simpson Award