Recipients of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Land Rover 2010 ‘Go Beyond’ Bursary depart the UK tomorrow to document the lives of hundreds of people who live along some of the world’s most dangerous fault lines. The team of three will uncover the complex relationship people have with their environment where the natural world catastrophically collides with the human one. The British explorers who form the expedition group Fault Line Living, will be travelling 15,000 miles from Iceland to Iran over a 12 week period to gain a detailed understanding of the issues faced by communities living on fault lines. Serena Davies, Tamsin Davies and Adam Whitaker will today be presented with their Land Rover Defender 110 and funding of £10,000 at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London, after which the team departs from Harwich marking the beginning of their epic journey.
Serena Davies is a producer and director of factual television and previously worked in the BBC Science and History department. Serena has worked on programmes such as David Attenborough on Climate Change: Britain Under Threat, the history series Timewatch and the critically acclaimed series Last Man Standing.
Tamsin Davies heads up the Innovation department at Fallon, one of the UK’s leading advertising agencies where she has been responsible for developing advertising campaigns such Cadbury’s Gorilla, Eyebrows, Skoda Cake, as well as developing new products for Cadbury, Orange, Innocent Drinks and Eurostar. Recently she has been involved in the conception and development of START - a national initiative by The Prince’s Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living. With a degree in Geography, Tamsin has always been a keen traveller and last year she finished the Mongol Rally - a 10,000 km drive in an Austin Maestro. She has also travelled extensively around Russia, China and has lived in New York, Argentina and Nigeria.
Adam Whitaker is a graduate of Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, and has been working as a designer and photographer based in London and New York for fifteen years. He has undertaken assignments worldwide in places such as Africa,Cuba, Russia, Argentina, Mongolia, Ecuador and Syria, and has exhibited his photography in New York and London. Adam has been awarded many times by D&AD, The One Show (New York), The Art Directors Club Of New York and The Design Week Awards. Last year he completed the Mongol Rally with Tamsin.
Land Rover and The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the learned society and professional body for geography and geographers. Established in 1830 to promote ‘the advancement of geographical science’, today the organisation is a dynamic world centre for geographical learning – supporting research, education, expeditions and fieldwork, as well as promoting public engagement and informed enjoyment of our world. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is Land Rover’s longest standing Global Sponsorship Partner, whose relationship dates back over 20 years. Land Rover’s partnership with the Society has enabled many other exciting and challenging expeditions, such as 2009 ‘Go Beyond’ journey along the line of 50° North, connecting the stories of people living on a shared latitude and 2009/10 Atlantic Rising’s journey along the 32,000km journey circumnavigating the Atlantic overland along the 1m contour line. Together, Land Rover and RGS-IBG share an interest in enabling fieldwork to be conducted safely and responsibly in remote and challenging environments around the world.
Starting in Iceland the team will experience up to 78 earthquakes a day, after which they will travel to Italy, Greece, Turkey and finally Iran. Along the way they will be working with school students, seismologists and citizens of each country to investigate how different communities adapt to the challenges of fault line living. Tamsin Davies of Fault Line Living, said, 'It’s taken months of preparation to get to this stage, and we are looking forward to getting started. Between us, we have already visited many communities that experience harsh geographical conditions on a daily basis. This expedition enables us to go beyond our existing work and create a detailed record of our experiences which we’ll share with schools and other organisations on our return.'
Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said, 'This project, made possible through our 30 year partnership with Land Rover, shows the power of geography and its impact on people, places and environments. The team will, as well as 'going beyond' their normal limits and boundaries, be supporting one of the Society’s objectives which is to promote the wider understanding of our world.' The Land Rover ‘Go Beyond’ Bursary is one in a programme of 23 grants offered by the RGS-IBG; reflecting the breadth of contemporary geographical research. Projects funded address topical and important issues ranging from desertification, glacier dynamics, biodiversity and conservation, to climate change, migration and urban regeneration.
Journeys undertaken by previous recipients of this award have included last year’s winners, Atlantic Rising, who are currently navigating their way around the Atlantic Ocean by attempting to follow the 1m contour line which scientists forecast could become the new coastline in 100 years.