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Geographical journeys: microlectures

A night of inspirational tales of adventure and discovery from the next generation of travellers.

Image credit Ellie Mackay

 Wednesday 22 March at 7.00pm

An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire, hosted by anthropologist and broadcaster Mary-Ann Ochota FRGS. Discussion encouraged in the bar. Organised by the Younger Members’ Committee.

  • Exhibition Road doors open at 6.00pm
  • Microlectures will begin at 7.00pm
  • Interval: 8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Event will end at 10.00pm 
  • A pay bar will be available
  • Admittance is by ticket only
  • Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable

    Tickets in advance (book by 21 March): £12 | RGS-IBG members £9 | Group discount available to all: 10 tickets for £90.

    Tickets on the day: £15 | RGS-IBG members £12.

    (you will be taken to the sign in/registration page of the website)

    telephone+44 (0)20 7591 3100

     Hear Mary-Ann Ochota discuss why you should join us for an evening packed with inspirational tales of adventure at Geographical journeys: microlectures:

    Mary-Ann Ochota FRGS

    Mary-Ann Ochota FRGS is an anthropologist and broadcaster. She’s presented TV and radio documentaries and factual programmes for the BBC (Stonehenge Empire; From our own Correspondent), ITV (Britain’s Secret Treasures), Channel 4 (Unreported World; Time Team) and for Discovery Networks (Feral Children; Wild in the Danger Zone; Hunting Extinction). Her work has taken her across the world, including into the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the Algerian Sahara, across Australia’s Simpson Desert with seventeen camels, and to the slums of Dhaka and Delhi. She writes regularly for newspapers and magazines, including Geographical, The Great Outdoors and the Telegraph. Mary-Ann has recently published her new book Hidden histories: a spotter’s guide to the British landscape.

    2017 Microlectures speakers

    Ellie Mackay

    Heavy pack and heartfelt footsteps: rediscovering Southeast Asia

    A three-year quest across Southeast Asia to rediscover the treasures of Sir David Attenborough’s 1950s documentaries. The journey became Ellie’s homage to a land on the brink of ecological loss. 

    Brendan Rendall

    Running Malawi: a journey through the ‘warm heart of Africa’

    Over the course of 27 days and 708 miles, Brendan became the first person to run the full length of Malawi, giving him a renewed appreciation for life.

    Stephanie Hadik

    My life in Outer Mongolia: step by Steppe

    Galloping alongside nomadic herdsmen, sharing cups of salty tea and milking horses are some of Stephanie’s many Mongolian adventures. These have left her with a true love for the country.

    Oscar Scafidi

    Kayaking the Kwanza: source to sea along Angola’s longest river

    In a 40 year old foldable wooden kayak, Oscar’s two-man team completed the first ever source-to-mouth journey along the Kwanza River, in spite of being chased by hippos and sinking in rapids.

    Janey McGill

    Sunflowers for soldiers: one girl, two dogs and 616 sunflower seeds

    Along a 630-mile trek of the South West Coast Path, Janey planted sunflower seeds to honour the 616 soldiers severely wounded as a result of the war in Afghanistan.

    Sophie Hollingsworth

    Vanuatu: in search of female chiefs

    Sophie travelled to the South Pacific archipelago and lived with the Ngowtari (female leaders) to study their unique powers, jurisdiction and ceremonies. She reflects on what we can learn from a matrilineal society.

      Watch the 2016 Microlectures now.


    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 individuals to meet each other; most attendees fall into the 20-40 age group. Regular events include drinks in the bar following Monday night lectures, quizzes, and an annual evening of microlectures. Most events are open to the public with discounted tickets available for members.

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