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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 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 a selection of Monday night lectures online, by signing in to the members' only area.

Coming up:

What’s going on in Greenland? - Professor Alun Hubbard

In a richly illustrated talk, Alun reveals his blend of exploratory adventure and innovative geoscience that, over the last decade, has furthered understanding of the dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet.

Opportunity to meet other members

Join the Younger Members' Committee for an informal get-together after the lecture and opportunity to meet other members in the bar.

Migrants on the margins - Professor Richard Black

Migrants and refugees are generally seen as fleeing from vulnerable and disaster-prone areas. This lecture considers the millions who move into major cities and become trapped in zones that are similarly fragile.

The flood risks we face: myths and reality - Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell

Britain has taken quite a battering from floods in the last few years. This lecture explores some of the myths that have grown up about the nature of this risk and how we might respond.

On the trail of Genghis Khan - Tim Cope

Adventurer and author Tim shares his epic three-year journey through the land of the nomads, from Mongolia to the Danube, across the great Eurasian steppe with three horses and his dog, Tigon.

This lecture will be repeated at The Clothworkers’ Hall on Tuesday 25 November.

Walking home from Mongolia - Rob Lilwall

Hong Kong-based writer, traveller and teacher Rob describes the highs and lows of his mammoth 3,000-mile walk through the heart of China, from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong.

Opportunity to meet other members

Join the Younger Members' Committee for an informal get-together after the lecture and opportunity to meet other members in the bar.

China’s future? - Timothy Beardson

Having lived in, worked in, and advised China for many years, Timothy examines some of the key national and international challenges facing China and to what extent these may affect the present rapid pace of development.

This lecture will be repeated at The Clothworkers’ Hall on Tuesday 16 December.

Penguins from space - Peter Fretwell

How the British Antarctic Survey is using satellite images to find, count and monitor emperor penguins from space; discovering new colonies and behaviours and inspiring similar studies on other species, including the Southern right whale.

Lecture-related Collections display: Antarctica

  • 5.30pm–8.30pm

Visit the Foyle Reading Room pre- or post-lecture for a display of maps, artefacts, archive material, photographs, watercolours and other highlights from the Society’s Collections relating to the history of Antarctic exploration.

Past events this term

The arts of Tai magic: dealing with the spirits - Dr Susan Conway

  • Monday 29 September at 6.30pm
  • Lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

Susan explores magic in the Shan States, Burma (Myanmar) and in northern Thailand. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in this remote area, she focuses on spirits and the power they wield in everyday life.

In deep water - Dr Mark de Rond

  • Monday 6 October at 6.30pm
  • Lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

Mark reflects on the challenges – animal, mineral and social – of the journey he and Anton Wright took as they became the first known people to row the 2,077 miles of the Amazon.

This is a repeat of the 25 March City lecture at The Clothworkers’ Hall.

Monsoon: capturing the drama - Paul Bradshaw

  • Monday 13 October at 6.30pm
  • Lecture – RGS-IBG members only

The producer of the BBC’s new monsoon series, talks about the challenges of telling an epic story which captures the impact of the Asian monsoon on both human culture and wildlife.

Maplines - Nicholas Crane

  • Monday 20 October at 6.30pm
  • Lecture - RGS-IBG members only

Drawing on journeys and film-shoots ranging from the Hindu Kush to Tibet and from the Pyrenees to the Pennines, writer and broadcaster Nicholas Crane explores the way maps open the door to geographical enlightenment. 

Baghdad: city of peace, city of blood - Justin Marozzi

  • Monday 27 October at 6.30pm
  • Lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

The extraordinary story of one of the most turbulent cities on earth, from the glories of Abbasid cultural, scientific and intellectual triumphs to devastating hardships including epidemics, famines, floods and bloody foreign invasions.

This lecture will be repeated at The Clothworkers’ Hall on Tuesday 28 October.

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