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The Society's popular Monday night lecture series features renowned speakers discussing informative, educational and enlightening subjects.

The lectures are open to Fellows and members. On some occasions, Fellows and members are invited to bring one guest - please check the listings below or your Bulletin in advance.

  • Booking is not required to attend Monday night lectures
  • Seats are not reserved and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please show your Society membership card on arrival
  • For lectures open to members plus one guest, guests arriving separately should be met at the Exhibition Road entrance
  • Doors open at 5.30pm
  • Attendees are requested to take their seats in the Ondaatje Theatre by 6.20pm
  • Lectures begin at 6.30pm, and end by 7.45pm
  • The programme runs between late September and late May

RGS-IBG members can watch a selection of Monday night lectures online, by signing in to the members' area.

Coming up


The invention of nature - Andrea Wulf

Alexander von Humboldt is the great lost scientist. Historian Andrea will talk about how his ideas
revolutionised science and why he is the forgotten father of environmentalism.


Geography in a bottle: the evolving map of wine - Jancis Robinson

  • Monday 22 February at 6.30pm
  • Lecture – RGS-IBG members only

‘Wine is made in the vineyard’ is today’s winemaking mantra, and the focus is on how best to express the precise character of different spots on the globe in the bottle. Terroir is all.


Geography and diplomacy - Paul Madden CMG

The former British High Commissioner to Australia and Singapore explores the many ways in which geography features in the working of modern diplomacy, illustrated with personal experiences from postings overseas and at the FCO in London.


Endangered archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa - Dr Robert Bewley

Bob explores the significance of the archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa, the current threats and pressures it faces, and the work to document and preserve sites at risk.

This is a repeat of the 23 February City lecture at The Clothworkers' Hall.

Opportunity to meet other members

Join the Younger Members' Committee for an informal get-together in the bar following this lecture.


Travels with a camera to the ends of the Earth - John Aitchison

Natural history television cameraman John Aitchison shares his experiences of filming wildlife all over the world, from polar bears in Svalbard to emperor penguins in the Antarctic.


Tea’s last guardians: the Himalayan muleteers - Jeff Fuchs

An ancient eternal fuel, the highest snow passes on Earth, and the last of the great Himalayan muleteers – told by the only known westerner to travel the entire Tea Horse Road by foot.

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