Dr. Tim Coles founded Operation Wallacea in 1995, and the Operation Wallacea Trust (Charity no. 1078362) in 1998. The idea behind the programme was to be able to fund academics to complete long term data sets as an alternative to the normal 3-year funding that comes with grants. The programme has grown from small beginnings in Sulawesi to now operating in 15 countries around the world and has more than 3000 students each year funding the academic team. Opwall is supporting 200+academics and is (or has recently completed) funding 75 PhD students. Science output has grown commensurately and 2017 saw the 300th paper in peer reviewed journals published from these research programmes that only run from early June to early August. Best of all though is that the project has been running so long and giving great experiences to participating students, that some students who came out in the early days as high school students are now teachers or academics themselves and coming back with their own student groups!