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Grants awarded: 2022

Grants awarded: 2022

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), Dr N Arnold, Mr R Durbridge, Dr D Goodman, Mrs P Goodman, Mr N Gwynne, Dr M Humphreys, Professor C Imray, Mr O Sanders, Professor R C Schroter, Dr M Tinsley, and Dr F Wensley.

The Committee met remotely on 19th February 2022 and made the following awards:

Expedition

Report

Description

Award

Arctic Research Group Recherchefjorden Expedition, Svalbard 2022

Postponed until 2023

A multi-disciplinary scientific expedition to Recherchefjorden, south-west Spitsbergen

£750

Baffin Island 2022

Final report

To establish new routes and first ascents in Auyuittuq National Park and surrounding areas, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada and explore the eastern side of the Weasel Valley

£5,000

CU Narsarsuaq Expedition

(Postponed from 2021)

Final report

To document glacial retreat through photographic comparisons to Brathay's 1972-76 expedition reports, collection of glacial meltwater samples for both isotopic and microplastic analysis and atmospheric measurements for a regional meteorological project run in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark

£4,000 GWMF + £2,000 Arctic Club = £6,000

Inspire 22

Final report

Ski from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole to explore the metabolic cost of sustained polar travel in a cold and hypoxic environment and so potentially improve safety in cold weather expeditions

£5,000

Irish 2022 Scoresbysund Expedition

Final report

Sailing and mountaineering in Scoresbysund, NE Greenland, including around Milne Land, and sampling microplastics on route

£3,000 GWMF + £2,000 Arctic Club = £5,000

Medusa Climbing Expedition: South and East Greenland

Final report

Sailing and climbing to establish new routes on the Tinninertup pillars and the Hermelnbjerg (South Greenland) and establish new climbing routes in Kangertigtivatsiaq Fjord (East Greenland)

£5,000

NW Greenland Kayak and Climb 2022

(Reapplication from 2020)

Final report

To kayak and climb new routes in the area south east of Upernavik including J.P Koch Land

£2,000 GWMF + £1,000 Arctic Club = £3,000

South Greenland - Ilimaussaq Layered Intrusion Geological Mapping and Research Expedition

Final report

A geological investigation into the emplacement, layering and syn-magmatic tectonics of the Ilimaussaq alkaline layered igneous intrusion, near Narsaq, South Greenland

£2,000 GWMF + £2,000 Arctic Club = £4,000

Zero Impact Adventures, Greenland

(Reapplication from 2020)

Final report

Climb two first summits, break an endurance world record and collect high definition footage in the Stauning Alper NE Greenland to help scientists better understand the changing glaciers

£2,000 GWMF + £2,000 Arctic Club = £4,000