details and prices

" A fantastic opportunity
to share ideas and
experiences with other
fieldwork leaders"

"Both extremely enjoyable
and very valuable career

"Fantastic group
interaction, enriching

"A very interesting,
instructive and
motivating course
led by welcoming
and knowledgeable staff.
Highly recommend"

" It was an opportunity
to meet and learn from
other academics but
not in a conference
room but outside in the
environment that you
have to teach in. That
made all the difference"

"The CERES workshop
helped me to feel more
confident and
enthusiastic about
organising field trips for
my students. Working
outside in the beautiful
natural surroundings
was inspirational"

"Invaluable learning,
both socially and

"I gained some
interesting insight into
creating interdisciplinary
field courses, and
benefited from sharing
ideas for field activities
with other academic staff"

"Excellent opportunity to
build skills, develop links
with colleagues and
critically look at how field
courses operate for the
maximum benefit of
students and academics

"Excellent and engaging
discussions about
fieldwork planning,
logistics and pedagogy"

"Working with an
international team was
wonderful and I would
love to find further
opportunities to do
"       SPW May 2019

"Different backgrounds
are very much enriching
and contribute so much
to a project"
              SPW May 2019

"It was by far the best part
of my BSc time. I have
never before learned so
much in such a short time,
and I would have never
believed that living in one
big house with 15
international students
would be that much fun.
We all have grown to be
a family, there will be
reunions and future
cooperations.  I wish
everybody could get a
chance to experience
what I did."
             SPW May 2019

"One of the best
experiences of my
life, 10/10
            SPW May 2019

"I am planning on
working in a field
that requires an
multinational team.
The course  has
made me realise
the importance of
having experts in
different fields and
necessity of a person 
that combines all that
knowledge into
something useful for

            SPW May 2019

CERES Project science project Aljezur, Algarve, Southwest Portugal

science expedition

summer science expedition 
for AS and A2 level students


Our Science Expedition offers A-level students the chance to design and carry out their own small research project in the unique setting of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.  Students work closely together with an enthusiastic and friendly university researcher collecting data for important conservation projects.  This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to discover what it means to be a working scientist engaged in projects that help protect, conserve and make sense of the natural world.

An introductory PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.


In the field, students carry out their own investigation, collect data and learn about experimental set up from the experts.  The practical work is supported by contextualised lectures and workshops on literature research, data analysis and report writing.  At the end of the week, the students will present their work to peers and invited guests.

learning outcomes

The Science Expedition has been developed in close cooperation with leading A-level colleges to provide clearly stated outcomes and links to specification curriculum requirements. The Science Expedition covers the leaning outcomes of the Edexcel A2 Biology Unit 6 Coursework (and equivalent units from other exam boards) and prepares AS-level students for their final year. For school leavers, the practical experience in fieldwork and report writing is an invaluable preparation for an academic career. Field experience increases their chances of being accepted at a leading university. Equally important are holostic values and transferable skills: international educational travel broadens minds and builds intellectual curiosity. It  motivates, engages and ultimately improve the opportunities available to school students.

for parents

Your child will work with top international scientists on projects related to biology, geography, tourism, environmental science or geology.  Your son or daughter will have the opportunity to become full participants in the scientific process. CERES staff make safety and welfare a priority. Our safety measures include:

o   Thorough risk assessments carried out prior to the start of the project

o   Qualified and experienced teaching staff

o   Field staff trained in emergency and first aid procedures

o   2013 Portugal has been rated 7th friendliest country for tourists in the world

o   Fully tourist board licensed high quality accommodation suitable for students

o   Detailed emergency response plans for each and every project

o   24 hour emergency assistance from CERES staff.

 fast facts


  Fieldwork experience
  Revision of A-Level topics
  Preparation for university
  University entry requirement
  Academic networking
  Literature research
  Harvard referencing system
  Experimental set-up
  Data analysis
  Report writing
  Presentation skills
  dates :
  please contact us   
  Saturday - Friday: 7 days

  fees :
  include accommodation,
  organic meals, local travel,
  lessons                  €490

  number of participants :
  5 - 14

  activity level :

  prerequisites :
  No academic prerequisites.
  Medium level of fitness.

  application deadline :

  10. 06. 2013

Day 1:  Introduction : Setting the scene

Pick up from Faro airport, transport to CERES villa, Aljezur.
Overview presentation: introduction to the research projects and the area, presentation of staff and scientists, detailed information about safety measures.

Picnic lunch at beach.

Site visits: Exploratory tour to gain an overview of study sites (Arrifana harbour, Monte Clerigo and Amoreira beach).
Dinner at CERES villa prepared by catering service.
Round table discussion and presentation of projects topics with CERES staff.
Day 2 - 6 :  Field exercises and project work
Breakfast prepared by catering service.
Workshop: topics vary every day e.g. project planning, research design, statistics, referencing.

Introduction to field equipment used in science.

Presentation of individual project progress: group feedback. 
Transport to study sites.
Fieldwork (maximum 4 students work together with one research scientist on similar projects).
Transport back to CERES villa
Project work / data analysis / report writing (support from CERES staff)
Dinner prepared at CERES villa (the catering service is specialised in organic food)

Day 7:  Departure day
Final student presentations.
Debriefing, summary, feedback, course evaluation, hand out of course certificates.
Transport to airport by CERES staff.

Please be aware that the schedule may vary. Weather conditions will shape the daily schedule. Please try to be flexible and understand that working in nature cannot be 100% predictable.

details and prices

The Science Expedition runs for seven days from Saturday to Friday. The fully inclusive package covers:

Accommodation in the CERES Villa; a luscious all-you-can-eat organic buffet breakfast (enough to prepare a packed lunch for a day in the field); evening meals (a catering service prepares a meal in the villa); expert tuition and specialist workshops; licenses; obligatory insurances; all transport once here, all course materials and equipment rentals. There are no hidden costs. 

•  Expert tuition and workshops     •  Accommodation included     •  All transport included    •  Certificated        •  Luxury meals included    •  All course materials included       •  Carbon offset contribution    

On completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Participation. Those who want to take things further can take an exam at the end.

7 day course (all inclusive) €490

our partners for the summer science expedition



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