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Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s South Regional Committee.



General enquiries: email south@rgs.org

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What geography can teach us about inequality - Professor Danny Dorling

 Wednesday 22 February at 6.00pm (doors open at 5.45pm)
 Lecture with reception (Portsmouth)

Inequality is connected to many aspects of peoples’ lives, and especially our ability to enjoy 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. Increasingly, studies have shown that countries with high levels of GDP spent on their behalf by government have higher levels of personal satisfaction. Professor Danny Dorling considers the outcomes of our 'natural experiment' in low public spending in the UK and USA, and asks how people may respond in order to improve their lives.

Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at University of Oxford and previously worked as Professor of Public Understanding of Social Science at the University of Sheffield and in Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds and New Zealand. He has co-written more than two dozen books on issues related to social inequalities as well as several hundred academic papers. Details are available on www.dannydorling.org.

Joint event with University of Portsmouth.

Venue: Room 1.74, Portland Building, St James Street, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.

Tickets: free, advance booking required. Book online or telephone 02392 9284 3757 email events@port.ac.uk


An evening on coasts - Nicholas Crane and Professor Gerd Masselink

 Tuesday 7 March 5.00pm-8.00pm
 Lecture, Q+A and reception (Bournemouth)

This evening event will feature fascinating talks and Q+A sessions with our two speakers:

  • Coast: stories from the edge ‐ Nicholas Crane
  • The impacts of the 2013‐14 storms on coastal systems in South West England ‐ Gerd Masselink

Please book early to avoid disappointment – the event is likely to be popular with RGS‐IBG members, students and the general public, indeed anyone with an interest in geography, and is open to all.

Joint event with Dorset GA.

Venue: Talbot Heath School, Rothesay Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9NJ

Tickets: £7.50, includes wine and nibbles. Book online in advance. Contact Liz Atkins for more information 
email eatkins@talbotheath.org telephone 01202 761881


Members' evening with supper (Romsey)

 Thursday 11 May 7.00pm–10.30pm
 RGS-IBG members’ evening

Share your geographical experience: 10 minute presentations with a maximum of 12 images on a specialist subject or a traveller’s tale. Non-speakers also very welcome.

Venue: King John’s House and Garden, Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8BT.

Tickets: £10, includes buffet, book by 4 May. Capacity is strictly limited; please book early to avoid disappointment. Willing speakers please state proposed topic when booking. Contact Professor Derek Mottershead, Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO5 1PB. email derek.mottershead@port.ac.uk


New Forest Centre Museum - New Forest Centre staff and Professor Adrian Newton, Director of Conservation Ecology, Bournemouth University

 Saturday 17 June 10.00am–4.30pm
 Field visit (Lyndhurst)

A talk at Verderers' Court on the forest's history, followed by museum, exhibition and visit to Denny Wood and a wetland where Professor Newton will discuss the impact of climate change and river and wetland restoration.

Venue: New Forest Centre Museum, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY.

Tickets: £10, excludes lunch, please send cheque (payable to 'Royal Geographical Society'). Contact Philip Beale, c/o Pioneer Expeditions 4 Minster Chambers, 43 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR T 01202-798922 email marketing@pioneerexpeditions.com

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