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We are always pleased to hear of ideas for potential lectures and speakers for the Monday night lecture programme and London City branch series which is organised by the Director’s Office.

To propose a lecture please email lectures@rgs.org and include the following:

  • One page summary of the lecture, including the 'punch line'
  • Short biography of the proposed speaker or speakers (bullet points please)
  • Availability and any specific dates or preferred lecture terms
  • Contact details
  • A few samples of any images or maps that will be included in the lecture
  • Links to any relevant clips on YouTube or similar


As you may imagine, we receive many suggestions, in fact for every lecture evening, we receive about 20-30 offers which means it is not possible to include all the good ideas we receive and so we ask for understanding if the proposal is not taken up.

Once a proposal has been received it will be acknowledged by a short email or letter. At this stage, we will not be able to make any firm commitment, but will certainly consider the suggestion for the next lecture term (or specific date / term mentioned in the proposal).

Unfortunately because of the high volume of suggestions that we receive, we are unable to correspond at any length until the proposals are reviewed.

The lecture programme is divided into three terms and proposals are reviewed three times per year for each term as follows:

  • Autumn term: from the end of September until the end of December
    As a guide proposals are normally reviewed during June
  • Spring term: January to the end of March
    As a guide proposals are normally reviewed during October
  • Summer term: April to the end of May
    As a guide proposals are normally reviewed during January

If a proposal is accepted, we will contact the speaker to discuss the content of the lecture and to find a suitable date. We may ask for more information before finally confirming the talk. Sometimes proposals are carried over for consideration for the next lecture term. If a proposal is held over, the speaker will be notified and asked to confirm whether or not they still wish their lecture to be considered in the future.

Speakers will be notified in writing or via email if the lecture proposal has been declined. Unfortunately we are not able to give detailed reasons as to why proposals have not been accepted. However we do appreciate all the proposals that are sent in and all given our thorough attention.

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