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2014 media releases

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Copies of media releases from the Society in 2014 will appear on this page. You can also read all of the media releases from each of the last six years using the right hand links.

01.12.14: 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.

20.11.14: 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.

07.11.14: 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.

03.11.14: 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).

24.10.14: 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.

14.10.14: 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.

09.09.14: 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.

08.09.14: 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).

29.08.14: 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.

29.08.14: 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.

29.08.14: 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.

28.08.14: 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.

28.08.14: 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.

28.08.14: 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.

27.08.14: 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.

27.08.14: 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.

21.08.14: 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.

14.08.14: 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.

16.07.14: 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.

09.06.14: 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.

09.06.14: 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.

29.04.14: 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.

09.04.14: 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.

03.04.14: 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.

14.02.14: 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.

14.02.14 - 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

30.01.14: 2014 Gap Scholars announced
A record number of school students have been awarded a prestigious Gap Scholarship by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

07.01.14 - 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.

03.01.14 - 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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