In addition to the evening lecture series and public events, there are number of members' events organised at the Society throughout the year.
Open afternoon, Annual General Meeting (AGM), medals and awards, annual reception
Join us for our open afternoon from 1.30-4.00pm to discover more about the Society, meet staff and tour the building. The AGM business meeting starts at 4.30pm, followed by the medals and awards celebration hosted by the President in the Ondaatje Theatre from 6.15-7.30pm. Entry to all three events is free to Fellows and members, please bring your membership card along on the day.
Tickets are required for the annual reception from 7.30pm-9.15pm, priced £17.50 and should be booked in advance (a maximum of two tickets per RGS-IBG member). Book online.
+44 (0)20 7591 3100
‘Orient Express’-style summer party
- Friday 28 June 2013 at 7.30pm (carriages at midnight)
It's 1920’s Paris and your train awaits! Dress up, bring your ticket, and climb aboard! Come and celebrate in style at our 'vintage travel' themed summer party. The legendary Orient-Express train offers a journey unlike any other. Enter a more gracious age of travel, where romance, adventure and style are all intimately bound. Drinks, Dinner & Dancing.
Once aboard, enjoy a glass of complimentary fizz from our ‘bubbly bar’ on the terrace and get to know your fellow passengers.
Head to the buffet car and enjoy a sit down buffet dinner in the themed surrounds of some far off kingdom, or take in the air and enjoy the gardens while you dine.
Dance class begins. Grab your partners or come solo and learn how to dance some Charleston, Slow Rhythm and Lindy Hop. We have highly acclaimed dance instructor Edita Doncakova to show us how it was done!
Embrace the roaring twenties with sublime swing band 'The Jazzberries'. Back by popular demand, the band described as 'fabulous' by Elton John will entertain you in an oasis of class, style and sheer fun.
Dress code: 1920s/black tie/smart.
Tickets: Get together a party of travellers, pack your bags, don your best attire and don’t miss the train! Early bird prices are only available until Friday 7 June. The party is open to over 18s only
Early bird rate (book by 7 June 2013) RGS-IBG members £38, non-members £43. Late bookings (from 8 June 2013) RGS-IBG members £42, non-members £47. Book online.
+44 (0)20 7591 3100
- Younger Members' event (all welcome)
An evening for members to present illustrated 10-minute talks with a geographical theme. Discussion in the bar afterwards. Enjoy the 2012 event online (RGS-IBG members only).
Please read our Speaker guidelines (PDF).
Tickets: RGS-IBG members £7, non-members £10.
Book online: Geographical journeys: microlectures until 1.00pm and then tickets are available on the door.
+44 (0)20 7591 3100
Doors and bar open 6.30pm, talks start 7.00pm (order of speakers to be confirmed)
A home away from home: A volunteer’s journey in Sierra Leone by Emma Baker
Travelling to any developing country will leave lifelong memories, but spending three months volunteering in Sierra Leone has left me with lifelong friends and family too. Experiencing first-hand the hardships and triumphs of life on the poverty line, it became a personal journey, full of challenges, questioning, learning and, ultimately, meaning
The Ghost of Arabia by James Borrell
Conservation biologist James Borrell shares his experiences of fieldwork in the remote and beautiful Dhofar Mountains. Here the team collected valuable data on the surprisingly diverse wildlife and set off in search of the elusive and enigmatic Arabian leopard, a subspecies thought to number less than 250 individuals scattered across Arabia
Cloudburst in Ladakh - a journey through a recovery by Keith MacIntosh
Impressions and involvement in the early stages of physical, economic and spiritual recovery, after a magical land was hit by devastating rains in August 2010.
Land of jungle beauty: Rural northern Laos by Faraz Shibli
Last year, Faraz and Bryony planned to spend a month bicycling through the remote mountain villages of Laos, a communist country closed to tourists until the early 1990s. As plans changed and the journey assumed an altogether different shape, they discovered the bombs, boats and bicycling of rural northern Laos.
My Unconventional Playground: Mountaineering in Afghanistan by Malgosia Skowronska
Young mountaineer from ‘Afghanistan’s Secret Peaks’ project takes us on a journey through mountain regions of Afghanistan and cultures of Wakhi and Kirgiz people. The talk will include reflections on fragility of the mountain ecosystem and the vulnerability of local communities who are living in this harsh and unpredictable environment.
The first ever foot crossing of Madagascar by Helen Spencer
In May 2012 I was part of the first team to walk right across Madagascar. We also climbed its highest mountain (and its 2nd highest due to a slight misjudgement in calculations.) Following maps made in 1962, we navigated through unexplored jungle, contended with rotting kit, a scarcity of lemurs, trench foot, and leeches but…we made it!
Perch Fishing in South Sudan by Levison Wood
In February 2012 Lev was asked by Channel 4 to lead an expedition into the heart of Africa in search of the mysterious Nile Perch. What he discovered was the world's newest country; a place emerging out of the ruins of over 50 years of civil war, desperately hoping for peace but still struggling to shake off centuries old tribal violence and poverty.
10.00pm close. Bar open all evening.
Synonymous with 500 years of travel and exploration, there is simply no better place to discover more about the world in which we live than the 'home of geography'; and the same platform where iconic figures have first reported their heroic endeavours and scientific discoveries.
About the Younger Members’ events
A lively programme of social events is organised by the Younger Members’ Committee throughout the year and forms one of the ways in which the Society engages with its younger members. Events are for like-minded members and Fellows to meet each other; most attendees fall into the 20-40 age group, but anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend. Regular events include drinks in the bar following Monday night lectures, wine tasting, quizzes, and an annual evening of microlectures.