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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:

Aurora: in search of the northern lights - Dr Melanie Windridge

 Monday 26 September at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Featuring some beautiful imagery, Melanie takes us on a scientific journey into Arctic lands to learn about the spectacular aurora.

Lecture-related Collections display

 Monday 26 September 5.30pm–8.30pm

Visit the Foyle Reading Room for a lecture-related display of artefacts, archive material, books, maps, photographs and watercolours relating to the Arctic.


Oceans of plastic - Dr Erik van Sebille

 Monday 3 October at 6.30pm
 
Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

There's too much plastic in our oceans, much of it as microscopic particles. Where does it come from? Where does it do most harm? And what can we do about it?

Opportunity to meet other members

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


Heat island, Britain's landscapes from the Ice Age to the Shard - Nicholas Crane

 Monday 10 October at 6.30pm
 
Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Drawing on a lifetime exploring British landscapes, Nicholas will describe how we have modified our habitat since the tundra thawed 12,000 years ago and why we should value our island story.


Fairness between the generations - David Willetts

 Monday 17 October at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

David will explore the future prospects of younger people, and the state, looking at the long-term demographic, economic and political drivers of differences between the generations – one of the key issues of our time.


Population change: one of the great global challenges - Professor Sarah Harper

 Monday 24 October at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

 Please note: this lecture was originally scheduled to take place on Monday 5 December.

Each region of the world faces different population challenges – reducing fertility, employing a ‘bulge’ of young people or managing ageing populations. Sarah explores these and the global implications for the future.


Blue wilderness: conservation in the UK's Overseas Territories - Dr Mark Spalding

 Monday 31 October at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

The UK Overseas Territories include vast wilderness areas across three oceans. Mark will explore these, describing transformative approaches to conservation being tested in the British Indian Ocean Territory and elsewhere.


Russia and Europe: what next? - John Pilkington

 Monday 7 November at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Passions are running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the Caucasus. In 2015 John met people on both sides of the disputed borders, and shares insights from his travels.

Opportunity to meet other members

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


Connectography: mapping the global network revolution - Dr Parag Khanna

 Monday 14 November at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

We are accelerating into a future shaped less by countries and borders and more by flows and connectivity. As we become a global network civilisation, Parag explores how connectivity will shape our destiny.


Coxless Crew: a Pacific Ocean row - Coxless Crew

 Monday 21 November at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

In January 2016 the Coxless Crew completed their double world record-setting Pacific Ocean row. The crew will talk about the challenges they faced and share their experiences of this epic journey. This is a repeat of the 15 November City lecture at The Clothworkers' Hall.


About Africa - Harry Hook

 Monday 28 November at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Film director Harry explores Africa's human migration from countryside to the city - an epic journey of cultural change as seen and told from a lifetime photographing Africa.


Adventures in paradise - Frank Gardner OBE and Benedict Allen

 Monday 5 December at 6.30pm
 RGS-IBG members only

 Please note: this lecture was originally scheduled to take place on Monday 24 October.

BBC Security Correspondent Frank and explorer Benedict tell the story of their arduous trek in search of Papua New Guinea's elusive birds of paradise for a BBC2 documentary.

Opportunity to meet other members

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


Spirals in time - Dr Helen Scales

 Monday 12 December at 6.30pm
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

From shadowy mangroves to the deep oceans, Helen will chart the course of seashells through history. She will explore their use as currency to their impact on modern-day technologies.

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