Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s South Regional Committee.
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Entering the Anthropocene - Gaia Vince
Wednesday 12 October 7.00pm–8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Ever since humans emerged onto the wild savannah we have modified our environment. But the changes we have made in recent decades have altered the Earth on a scale it has rarely experienced in the past 4.6 billion years. Scientists are saying we are pushing the planet into a new geological age—the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans.
In this talk, Gaia will look at some of these planetary changes and what it means for us in the decades to come. Join Gaia on a journey around our world at this extraordinary time to meet the pioneers of this new age, discovering ways that 10 billion of us might live in comfort in the Anthropocene. Joint event with University of Southampton.
Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Shackleton Building, Department of Geography, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.
Places: £5 on the door, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free. Please contact Professor Steve Darby for enquiries.
An atlas of countries that don’t exist - Nick Middleton
Thursday 27 October at 8.00pm
Regional Theatres Programme (Southampton)
Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on an eye-opening tour of a hidden world from the pages of his latest book. These are wannabe and might-have-been countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a realm of shifting borders, idealistic leaders and forgotten peoples.
Venue: Turner Sims, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.
Tickets: prices vary, visit the venue website for details and to book. Please telephone and quote RGS-IBG membership number to book up to two tickets at discounted rate (£13 each) 023 8059 5151.
Fifty years of the National Trust Neptune project: coastal land use and maps - Karin Taylor and Huw Davies, National Trust
Thursday 17 November 7.00pm–8.30pm (doors open at 6.40pm)
To mark the 50th anniversary of Enterprise Neptune, a major appeal to fund the acquisition of pristine coastal land, the National Trust commissioned a re-survey of a coastal land use survey that was completed of the English, Welsh and Northern Irish coastlines in 1965.
Karin Taylor (Head of Land Use Planning) and Huw Davies (Head of Conservation Information) will present an overview of the coastal land use changes mapped during the 50 years of the Neptune Project and will discuss the fascinating impacts of town and country planning, the National Trust ownership, and the differences in survey techniques used then (geography students armed with maps, pencils, walking boots and tents) and now (GIS and other desk-based techniques). Joint event with Bournemouth University.
Venue: Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB.
Places: £5, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free. Book online or contact Dr Luciana Esteves, 24 Stoke Road, Winchester, SO23 7ET 01202 962446.