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18 December 2014: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) welcomes A Level reforms

Reforms announced today, 18 December 2014, by the Department for Education (DfE) to the content of A Level geography include a welcome rebalancing of human and physical geography topics as well as a greater emphasis on the understanding of key geographical concepts and processes.


1 December 2014: Young Geographers of the Year named

This year’s top school geography pupils have been named, as the Young Geographer of the Year 2014 results were announced at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on Friday 28 November.


20 November 2014: The Enduring Eye: a centenary exhibition to celebrate Frank Hurley’s photographs of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) today, 20 November 2014, announces ambitious plans to celebrate the centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) led by Sir Ernest Shackleton and better known today as the Endurance expedition.


7 November 2014:  Drone Revolution: a new tool for exploration and field research

What role can unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) play in field research, exploration and conservation? This is the focus of an engaging public talk, presented by Steve Roest and Mark Allen, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on Friday 14 November.


3 November 2014: Birmingham leading the world in urban climate resilience

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is extending its popular lectures to Birmingham as part of a new partnership with the Birmingham & Midland Institute (BMI).


24 October 2014: Announcing new journal and book editors for 2015

The Society today announces four new editors for its journals and book series. The new editors will start their roles on 1 January 2015.


14 October 2014: Air pollution is the world’s single biggest environmental health risk. What's being done?

CEO of ClientEarth, James Thornton, will join Frank Kelly, Professor of Environmental Health, King’s College London, and South Africa-based entrepreneur and Founder of Wonderbag, Sarah Collins, on Thursday 30 October, 7pm, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London to discuss how we are tackling the global problem of poor air quality.


9 September 2014: Referendum ‘unlikely to make much of a difference’

Scottish independence would make little difference to spatial planning policies, according to research published in a new online issue of The Geographical Journal.


8 September 2014: Photography exhibition now open

A new photographic exhibition documenting the diverse cultures of 21st century London opened today at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).


29 August 2014: Mapping the landscape with books

‘Literary cartographies’ are part of a new and growing area of geographical research, according to a session held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


29 August 2014: Smart Dublin leads the way and wards off dangers of data

Dozens of datasets consisting of hundreds of variables will give Dublin residents and the city council unparalleled insight into their city, according to research presented to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


29 August 2014: Why Hackney is over-researched

Hackney could be one of the most over-researched places in the UK, according to new research presented to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


28 August 2014: Geographers to crack culture of selfies, Snapchats and six-second videos

Cultural geographers are uniquely placed to make sense of the mass of digital images being produced today, but they must adapt their research methods quickly, according to a plenary at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


28 August 2014: Glasgow swimming legacy: Dried up before the Games even started?

Secondary school swimming pool closures should be of great concern for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games legacy, according to research presented at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


28 August 2014: Footpath frustrations for majority on Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Over half of Bristol and Bath Railway Path users reported being frustrated by the actions of other pedestrians and cyclists, according to the findings of research presented at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


27 August 2014: Global lessons to be learnt from success of Wales Coastal Path

The Wales Coastal Path has created real economic and social value for local communities,
and the rest of the world could learn from this success story, according to a session held at
to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


27 August 2014: Geographies of WWI and comparisons with today’s wars

Leading academics discuss the global geographies of World War I and how today’s wars compare, as part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) international conference in London.


21 August 2014: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) celebrates 2014 GCSE results

GCSE results published this morning, Thursday 21 August 2014, by the Joint Council for Qualifications show the number of students sitting the examinations in geography has risen for the third year in a row despite a decrease in the number of 16 year olds.


14 August 2014: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) celebrates 2014 AS and A Level results

AS Level and A Level results published this morning, Thursday 14 August 2014, by the Joint Council for Qualifications show a continued increase in the number of students sitting the examinations in geography.


16 July 2014: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) welcomes A Level proposals

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), the learned society and professional body for geography, welcomes the proposals for A Level Geography released today for consultation.


9 June 2014: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) honours top geographers

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has announced this year’s medal and awards recipients, recognising extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork, photography, teaching, and in enthusing public audiences.


9 June 2014: Fieldwork on climate migration to world’s most pressured cities

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) today announces a new Field Research Programme to find out more about one of the most pressing, yet understudied, global issues today. This is a new initiative for the Society, which commits to raising between £500,000 and £1m.


29 April 2014: New walk reveals hidden stories of Ludlow

Ludlow has been chosen by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to feature in its series of Discovering Britain walks.


9 April 2014: Robust GCSE geography welcomed

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) warmly supports the announcements today of the new geography GCSE content criteria, for first teaching in September 2016, from the Department for Education and the assessment arrangements from Ofqual.


3 April 2014: Sailing the line by Emily Penn

Ocean advocate, skipper and artist Emily Penn speaks in Southampton to kick off a national tour, as part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Regional Theatres Programme.


14 February 2014: Lancaster: A city of philanthropists

Lancaster has been chosen by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to feature in its series of Discovering Britain walks.


14 February 2014: Full review for A Level geography

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) warmly welcomes the Department for Education’s announcement today that A Level geography will now undergo a full content review and that first teaching of the new A Level will be delayed until 2016.


30 January 2014: 2014 Gap Scholars announced

A record number of school students have been awarded a prestigious Gap Scholarship by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).


7 January 2014: Scientists discuss climate and environmental change

More than 300 scientists are meeting at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London to discuss how climates and environments have changed over the last 2.6 million years, as well as how they might change in the future.


3 January 2014: Honours for top school geography pupils of 2013

The highest achieving geography pupils of 2013 have been awarded Excellence Awards by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

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