About our events
We organise more than 150 events a year, attended by over 150,000 people, both RGS-IBG members and Fellows, and the public.
Our events aim to enrich our knowledge of the world, and geography. They include:
- Monday-night London lecture series for Fellows, members and their guests
- Lectures held in the City of London, open to Fellows, members and their guests
- Regional events in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Fellows, members and guests
- Regional theatres programme: high quality speakers in regional venues, open to the public (discounts for Fellows and members)
- Annual International Conference: over 1,000 delegates presenting new geographical research over four days
- Environment and Society forum: policy-relevant conferences bringing geographical perspectives to professional audiences
- Discovering People: Interviews with geography personalities to draw out the personal events and discoveries that have shaped their lives. Past interviewees include Michael Palin, Lord Puttnam, Jan Morris, Stephen Fry, Catherine Destivelle and Simon King to name a few. Open to the public (discounts for Fellows and members)
- Discovering Places: Panel evenings in which experts offer travel inspiration on select destinations. Past locations include Mongolia, Bhutan and Patagonia. Open to the public (discounts for Fellows and members)
- 21st Century Challenges series engaging with issues facing the world today, featuring discussion and debate from high profile speakers. Open to the public (discounts for Fellows and members).
- Geography Outdoors (GO), our centre for fieldwork, expeditions and outdoor learning, holds training events, and an annual seminar, Explore
- Professional development courses for teachers
- Members' social events: Younger Members’ wine tasting, micro-Lectures, quiz and summer party plus 'first Monday of the month drinks'
- Workshops and education events for school pupils. Plus the popular Annual Children’s Lecture
- Our Collections team in the Foyle Reading Room organise a popular range of daytime courses and showcases
- Be Inspired - a new series of Collections specific, monthly afternoon talks, given by speakers who have used the Collections to inspire their writing, travel or personal researches
- Exhibitions take place in our Pavillion organised by the Society and external exhibitors, open to all Monday to Friday