I'm reminded that the most important thing about expeditions and fieldwork is legacy.
Conservation Evidence has the wildly ambitious but conceptually blindingly obvious aim of collecting together all the evidence for how well every conservation intervention ever dreamt up actually works.
A huge bugbear among many aspiring conservationists, is that most interesting conservation jobs and roles require experience. To get experience, you often need some previous experience.. and so it goes on and on until, eventually, you get lucky.
I first attended Explore as a green, keen, undergraduate. It was one of the best things I ever did, and I'm very luck now to call some of the regular attendees my friends. This year - the 40th anniversary! - I was chuffed to be asked to give a Friday night lecture.
Of all the adventures that working in conservation has brought my way, premiering a film has to be the one that I least expected. I've never been to a premiere before, I don't know anything about films - in essence, I really have no idea what I'm doing!
So you want to get involved in conservation? Perhaps a little frustratingly, everyone so far has told you that the first thing you need to do is 'get experience'.
Some people look like they have all the luck, great discoveries, great expeditions - life can seem unfair. But what you often don't know about is all the projects that fell through, all the ideas that turned out to be wrong, or never made it off the drawing board.