FAQs - Operation Wallacea


Who do I contact if I want to do my own Research project? Consult your teacher or supervisor and email schoolresearchprojects@opwall.com

Can I design and carry out my own personal investigation for my research project? Unlikely as it is difficult to carry out your own investigations due to time constraints and health and safety issues.

How do I find out what research is being carried out at my expedition site? Find information about the resources available here.

How do I choose a suitable title? You can get a good idea by looking at the resources section but also by emailing schoolresearchprojects@opwall.com   for help and advice

When do I have to apply for a research project? Much will depend on the type of project you are undertaking but you will need to have registered at least 3 or 4 months before you go on your expedition.

Will I have access to past data sets? There are often past data sets available although this will depend on the site and type of research project you would like to investigate.

Will I be able to communicate with the scientist involved? This can be achieved by following the application process which will enable us to put you in contact with the appropriate scientist.

Will I have time to carry out my project when I get to my expedition site? You will be fully involved in many research projects helping to collect data, but you should also have plenty of time to investigate your research title especially if you have registered before and Opwall staff know what you are doing.

Will I be able to publish my research project when I have finished it? If it is to be published you will need to sign an agreement form which is available by emailing schoolresearchprojects@opwall.com.

Can I use Opwall data for my research project? If it is for school or exam purposes you may use the data as long as it is credited to the appropriate source.  If it is to be published you will need more specific permission from Opwall.

Can I design my research project when I get to the expedition site? You will need to have carried out your preliminary work well before you go on your expedition and hopefully you will have a good idea of what you want to see BEFORE you go.  You may well change your plans although this will be more of a modification than an initial plan!

Will I be able to meet and talk with a scientist about my project when I reach my expedition site? In most cases yes especially if Opwall staff and scientists know when you will be on-site and what you are hoping to achieve.

How long will it take me to carry out an IRP? This will depend on the type of IRP and may well involve 120+ hours of work although most of this will occur before and after your expedition takes place.  These projects are very time consuming and you will need to dedicate sufficient time to do them justice.

Will I need someone from my school to supervise my research project? Yes, ultimately the school or college are responsible for supervising your IRP.

Can someone from Opwall supervise my project? This is very unlikely although there will be a member of staff available who knows about your project and they will assist as much as they can.

How much help can I expect when at my research site? Most projects require an ‘independent’ approach but you can ask as many questions as you wish and most scientists are very keen to help and advise.

Will I have access to a computer when I get to my expedition site? Most sites will have power to recharge lap-tops  and a place to work but are unlikely to have any spare machines for personal use so bring your own if you want to write-up ypur project whilst on-site.

Will I have access to the internet at my expedition site? Most sites have very limited access to the Internet so you are unlikely to have access.

Will there be a research library at the site? Many sites have small research libraries and the majority of scientists will have their own ‘electronic’ versions of key papers and they may be willing to help if asked!

What exactly is primary data? AQA (A UK Examination Board)  have defined primary data: “Primary data is defined as unmanipulated data, either collected in the field or a raw dataset.“ Our past data sets and data students might collect as part of their expedition research programme is primary data.