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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

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

Coming up:

An evening with Sir Bob Geldof - Sir Bob Geldof

  • Monday 18 May at 6.30pm
  • Balloted lecture – RGS-IBG members only

Bob Geldof will be taking the stage to speak about his extraordinary lifetime of humanitarian activities and adventure, from his work in Africa to training for his future travel into space.

Please note that this lecture is balloted.

The ballot is now closed for entries and we will be informing members if they have been successful in the ballot shortly.

Past events this term

Walking the Nile - Levison Wood

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

Explorer Levison Wood will be speaking about his nine month expedition walking the length of the Nile through six countries; encountering civil war, close calls with crocodiles and much more.

  Are you a Fellow or member? A recording of this lecture is available to watch online.


Flora of the Silk Road - Christopher Gardner

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

The Silk Road boasts some of the world’s most spectacular and legendary environments. Christopher Gardner will talk about its stunning flora, embracing areas such as Central Asia, Turkey and China.

  Are you a Fellow or member? A recording of this lecture is available to watch online.


Greater London: the story of the suburbs - Dr Nick Barratt

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

Researcher and television presenter Nick Barratt explores the 600 square miles of London’s suburbs, throwing new light on the forces that turned a scattering of villages into a global metropolis.

  Are you a Fellow or member? A recording of this lecture is available to watch online.


Flooding, climate change and the resilience of cities - Alex Nickson

  • Monday 11 May at 6.30pm
  • Lecture – RGS-IBG members + one guest

As we become an urban species, how can our cities grow and become more resilient to climate change? Alex looks at the lessons London can learn, and apply, from international cities.

  Are you a Fellow or member? A recording of this lecture is available to watch online.



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