The Society's popular Monday night lecture series features renowned speakers discussing informative, educational and enlightening subjects.
The lectures are open to members and Fellows. On some occasions, members and Fellows 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
RGS-IBG members can watch recent Monday night lectures online at their convenience, by signing in to the members' only area.
London versus the rest, by Evan Davis
- Monday 10 March at 6.30pm - Please note, this date has changed from the original scheduled date
- Lecture – RGS-IBG members only
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of this lecture has changed to 10 March, one week earlier than originally advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
One of the world's great cities is in Britain but it doesn’t always feel an advantage for non-Londoners. Why is London so dominant in Britain and what should the rest of the country do in response?
Ethiopia-related Collections display
- Monday 10 March 5.30pm–8.30pm
Visit the Foyle Reading Room for an Ethiopia-themed display of archive material, original watercolours, photographs and other highlights from the Society’s Ethiopian Collection
Ethiopia revisited, by Michael Palin
- Monday 17 March at 6.30pm - Please note, this date has changed from the original advertised date
- Balloted lecture – RGS-IBG members only
In 1991, Michael travelled through Ethiopia when the country was in the throes of a revolution. He returned to the country last year. Michael talks about his impressions of Ethiopia then and now.
Please note that this lecture is balloted (application deadline 10 February) and that only those successful in the ballot will be sent a ticket to attend. Notification of the result of the ballot will be by email where possible and tickets will be sent to those who have been successful in the ballot in late-February.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of this lecture has changed to 17 March, one week later than originally advertised. All applicants to the ballot for the original date will be contacted and entered into the ballot for the rescheduled lecture, unless they advise us otherwise. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
One ticket application per member. The closing date for ballot applications was extended to Monday 10 February due to the date change.
Lecture-related Collections display
- Monday 17 March 5.30pm–8.30pm
Visit the Foyle Reading Room for a lecture-themed display of archive material, original watercolours, photographs and other highlights from the Society’s Ethiopian Collection
Notes from the Egyptian revolution, by Ahdaf Soueif
Renowned author, commentator and Egyptian activist Ahdaf Soueif gives a short presentation and answers questions from the audience on the recent events, the underlying challenges and what the future might hold for Egypt and its people.
Spirits in the sky, by Andy Keen
Aurora hunter and photographer Andy Keen shares his passion and the story of his journey deep into the Arctic wilderness to find and photograph the elusive and awe-inspiring aurora borealis.
Climate change and human futures, by Professor Neil Adger
A changing climate poses risks for people, ecosystems and economies. The latest understanding of the choices and dilemmas we face are considered by an author of the 2014 IPCC report on climate change Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability
The Nile, by Dr Toby Wilkinson
The Nile is the constant thread that runs through Egyptian history. Toby takes us downriver through the past and present of a conservative yet rapidly changing land.
Lecture-related Collections display: The Nile
Visit the Foyle Reading Room for a lecture-themed display of maps, artefacts, archive material, photographs, watercolours and other highlights from the Society’s collections relating to the history of Nile exploration.
An explorer’s tale, by Jason Lewis
- Monday 28 April at 6.30pm
- Lecture - RGS-IBG members only
Jason shares his extraordinary circumnavigation of the Earth using only human power; and the insights that 12 adventurous months at sea in a tiny boat offered to understanding global sustainability.
Saving the last cheetahs of Iran, by Dr Luke Hunter
Luke explorers the plight of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah; from its ecology and life history, to its precarious existence in the face of widespread threats, to optimism arising from successful conservation efforts.
Pole of cold: a journey to chase winter, by Felicity Aston
Land Rover Bursary winner Felicity traces her 30,000km journey across northern Europe and Siberia as far as the Pole of Cold, the coldest inhabited place in the world, to look at differing perspectives on winter.
Gentle giants of the Galapagos, by Jonathan Green
In a beautifully illustrated talk, Jonathan tells how the Galapagos Whale Shark Project is starting to unravel some of the mysteries of the world’s largest shark, but just how do you investigate a 17m long, 20 ton fish?
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