Earthwatch founded in Boston, USA, with a mission to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education.
Louise Henson and Andrew Mitchell set up the framework for a UK-based Earthwatch to facilitate tens of thousands of UK citizens to participate on research expeditions.
Max Nicholson and Brian Walker lead on turning Earthwatch Europe into a physical organisation, introducing the concepts of Fellowships for expeditions and trail-blazing partnerships with corporates.
Earthwatch Europe blossoms, receiving funding for Millennium Fellowships for over 400 teachers and 500 over-50s, as part of the UK’s Millennium celebrations.
The first Shell employees participate in Earthwatch expeditions as part of their newly formed sustainability programme Project Better World - Over 1200 employees have since taken part.
Launch of Investing In Nature – a HSBC, 5 year programme to send 2000 HSBC staff on research expeditions and to provide field training for 200 young scientists.
Mitsubishi begin funding research in Seychelles as part of the Global Coral Reef Conservation Project, working to make coral reefs more resilient against climate change and other threats.
Launch of HSBC Climate Partnership. A new, 5 year, HSBC partnership which engaged over 100,000 employees, with 2200 of these acting as Climate Champions across the globe.
Neville Shulman Earthwatch Awards begin, providing support for research, training, equipment and mentoring for over 70 early-career environmental scientists.
The Business Skills Transfer for World Heritage Sites programme (later the Earth Skills Network) pairs Shell Business Mentors with managers of over 60 protected sites to improve management.
HSBC and Earthwatch co-create the Sustainability Leadership Programme which has engaged over 1200 of HSBC’s leadership in environmental issues through an immersive course.
The 5 year Oman Earthwatch Project is created to develop the culture of field science in the Middle East.
The 5 year HSBC Water Programme begins, providing training on sustainability issues and the creation of a global citizen science programme FreshWater Watch involving over 8000 HSBC employees.
The HSBC Water Programme is extended for a further three years and expanded to explore Nature Based Solutions through the Sustainability Training Programme engaging over 1600 employees.
Earthwatch’s accredited as an Independent Research Organisation, and regarded as leaders in citizen science.
Earthwatch creates the first Tiny Forest in the UK – the first of many which re-connects people with nature and the benefits of woodlands.
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