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Monday night lectures

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, please make every effort to arrive together as we are unable to admit unaccompanied non-members. 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
  • The programme runs between late September and late May

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

Coming up:

Overland journeys - Levison Wood

 Monday 12 February
 Members only

Levison talks about his latest expeditions, his early travels and his motivation. In considering the age old question of why people explore, he explains what draws him to the wilderness.

Cyberspace: utopia or wild west? - Robert Hannigan

 Monday 19 February
 Members + one guest

Technology is transforming our world at an ever increasing rate and accelerating human progress. Robert examines some of the downsides and what can be done to protect our society.

17 years in the polar regions - Ben Saunders

 Monday 26 February
 Members only

In 2014 Ben led the longest ever polar journey on foot, completing the South Pole return that defeated Scott and Shackleton. In 2017 he attempted the first solo, unsupported, and unassisted crossing of Antarctica.

700 million and counting: the growth of urban China - Professor Chris Hamnett

 Monday 5 March
 Members + one guest
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture

The remarkable growth of Chinese cities in the last 30 years is the biggest, and possibly the most rapid, process of urbanisation the world has ever seen. It has transformed China, its environment, and people.

North Korea: Common myths explained - Dr Markus Bell

 Monday 12 March
 Members + one guest
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture

Markus tackles the challenges posed by one of the world’s most written about and most misunderstood countries – from nuclear threat, to refugees, and the media frenzy.

Icons on ice - Rod Downie

 Monday 19 March
 Members + one guest
 Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture

Rod shares his experience in developing innovative solutions to better understand and conserve polar bears in the rapidly changing Arctic.

Geography in a changing world - Dr Rita Gardner

 Monday 26 March
 Members only

In her last lecture as Director, Rita draws on her physical geography background and experience of leading the Society to explore the place of the discipline in a rapidly changing world at home and abroad.


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