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London Climate Action Week at the Society

Join us this London Climate Action Week for our panel discussion and Earth Photo exhibition.

Geographical societies meet in run up to COP15

The Society met with geographical societies from across the world ahead of COP15 – the next major meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Society partners with AuthorAid

The Society are partnering with AuthorAid to provide writing support to researchers based in low- and middle-income countries. 

AC2022 – registration now open

Registration for our annual conference is open for both in-person and virtual-only attendance.

See what’s coming up this summer

We are delighted to share our summer events programme, full of interesting topics, ideas, and insight.

Reflecting on CARICUK

Over the last year the Society has had the privilege of collaborating on the AHRC funded project, Creative Approaches to Race and In/security in the Caribbean (CARICUK) led by Dr Patricia Noxolo (University of Birmingham).

Society partners with research projects to examine human impact on river systems

The Society is delighted to be working with geographers leading UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded projects, to further our understanding of human influence on river basin functioning.

International Geomorphology Week 2022

This week marks International Geomorphology Week, which aims to promote geomorphology in all its forms and mobilise the international community of geomorphologists to share their work and expertise.

External examining in geography

The Society has published a series of key resources for current and prospective external examiners in geography.

AC2022: Geographies beyond recovery

Submissions for sessions, papers and posters for this year’s Annual International Conference are now open.

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2022

We are delighted to announce our plans for our 2022 Annual International Conference which will take place at Newcastle University from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 2 September 2022.

Stay Home Stories: mapping home

As part of the Stay Home Stories research project, children and young people have been creating maps which record their experiences of home during COVID-19.

New guidance published for Chartered Geographer

The Society has published new guidance documents for Chartered Geographer, following a review with input and guidance from the Chartered Geographer Committee.

Updates from our grant recipients: Dr Linley Hastewell

We caught up with Dr Linley Hastewell, Principal Water Specialist/Geomorphologist at Binnies, RSK Group, to hear how a Society grant helped during his PhD and beyond.

Pride in the Field: Learning lessons from LGBTQ+ researchers

Geography Directions is delighted to have partnered with the ESRC LSSI-funded Pride in the Field (PIF): Promoting Inclusive Fieldwork for LGBTQ+ Researchers project to curate a blog series which aims to spotlight LGBTQ+ inclusive fieldwork practices and experiences.

Meet our new President, Nigel Clifford

Nigel Clifford was recently elected unopposed as the Society’s next President. We caught up with him before he takes office on Monday 7 June to find out more about him and his life in geography.

Updates from the field

Despite the significant challenges and obstacles to fieldwork during the past 12 months, a small number of researchers funded by our grants programme have been able to go into the field, with adaptations to allow their work to continue in a safe and responsible manner.

Celebrating World Land Rover Day

Each year, 30 April marks 'World Land Rover Day' - a celebration of the day in 1948 that the first Land Rover was revealed to the world.

Society supports responsible practice when using location data

The Society has become a member of the Locus Charter, a proposed set of common international principles that can guide responsible practice when using location data.

Vital role of graduate geographers highlighted in new report

A new report exploring the career destinations of graduates highlights the increasingly vital need for geographers in the graduate job market.

New radio show showcases 39 ways to save the planet

We are delighted to be working in partnership with BBC Radio 4 on a new radio series, 39 Ways to Save the Planet, which showcases 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is placing on the Earth.

Changes to online journals and Geographical magazine

From January 2021, all Fellows will automatically be able to access our full range of scholarly journals online.

Hire our venue for your events in 2021

Are you planning events for 2021 and looking for a venue? The Society is an iconic venue that offers event organisers state-of-the-art audiovisual broadcast and recording facilities to deliver their events online.

Five lectures you must watch during London Climate Action Week

To mark London Climate Action Week, we’ve collated a list of five lectures and talks that you must watch this week.

Webinar about the Society’s map collection

This week Alasdair Macleod, Head of Resources and Enterprises, and Sarah Evans, Research and Collections Engagement Manager at the Society, are taking part in a webinar about the Society’s map collection.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status by our Council in September.

Professional Practice Group on Disaster Risk Management proposed

The Society is pleased to be considering a proposal for its first Professional Practice Group: a network for professionals and others interested in the field of Disaster Risk Management. 

Get involved with our Urban Geography Research Group

The Society is looking to revive our Urban Geography Research Group this summer and we are seeking enthusiastic urban geographers to join the new committee to take the group forward.

Geography students recognised for excellence

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2019 Excellence Awards and congratulate the students who achieved the highest marks nationally in last year’s summer examinations.

Michael Jones: Patron’s Medal recipient 2020

We caught up with Michael Jones, recipient of the Patron’s Medal for his contribution to the development of geospatial information, to discuss his career, his greatest achievement and his love of maps.

Personalised feedback for Chartered Geographers

Since late 2019, Chartered Geographers have been able to request that their CPD log is reviewed and certified by the accreditation scheme’s assessors.

Watch our summer programme of Monday night lectures online

With the Society currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our summer programme of Monday night lectures is being streamed online for Fellows and members.

February’s issue of Geographical out now

The February issue of Geographical is available now both online and in print.

Book series celebrates 20 years

The RGS-IBG book series turns 20 this year, and to date it has published 57 titles spanning the full range of geographical research topics.

Geography and Education Research Group launches

To celebrate the Higher Education Research Group becoming the Geography and Education Research Group (GeogEd), a conference is being held at the University of the West of England in mid-December.

School resources in partnership with ERM commended

We are delighted to announce that our river and coastal fieldwork resources were commended at the 2019 Scottish Association of Geography Teachers Annual Conference Publishers’ Awards.

RGS-IBG and Financial Times Schools Essay Competition winners revealed

The Society and the Financial Times are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended students of their joint Schools Essay Competition that asked students to discuss whether it is better for the world to be wealthier or more equal.

Call for papers for the Postgraduate Forum Midterm Conference 2020

The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum’s 2020 Midterm Conference takes place between 30 April – 1 May and the call for papers is now open.

October’s issue of Geographical out now

This month’s issue of Geographical features a deep dive into ocean ‘jellification’.

Schools app now available

We are pleased to announce that our new app for schools is now available to download on iOS and Android devices.

Read about Earth Photo in Outdoor Photography

Popular photography magazine Outdoor Photography features our Earth Photo competition and exhibition in their August issue, which is on newsstands now.

Refugee Week

To mark Refugee Week, we’ve worked with Professor Heaven Crawley, to produce educational resources for geography teachers at GCSE and A Level.

Innovative Geography Teaching Grants recipients announced

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of our Innovative Geography Teaching Grants, Dr Lisa Ficklin and Grace Healy.

Physical geography fieldwork day strengthens teacher networks

We held a physical geography fieldwork day for teachers to support the better use of local sites for fieldwork and strengthen local teacher networks.

Resources to help with your revision

We have plenty of freely available resources on our website to help you with your revision during exam season.

May’s issue of Geographical out now

This month's issue of Geographical takes a closer look at child labour in the tobacco industry. 

Hong Kong Research Grant supports seismic hazard research in Taiwan

This year’s Hong Kong Research Grant has been awarded to Marine Roger to support her research assessing seismic hazards along the Chelungpu fault in Taiwan.

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day, an annual observance day that highlights the importance of fresh water. 

Geographers in government update

It's been just over a year since geography was established as a sub-discipline within the Government Science and Engineering Profession - here's an update 12 months on.

Dr John Shears awarded Polar Medal

Congratulations to Dr John Shears FRGS, who has been awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty the Queen for outstanding achievement and service in the field of polar research.

Data Skills in Geography project continuing into 2019

The Society is delighted to be continuing our Data Skills in Geography project in 2019, thanks to additional funding from the Nuffield Foundation.

Society Director interviewed by Japanese broadcaster NHK World

Our Director Professor Joe Smith discusses his plans to take the Society forward over the coming years in an episode of ‘Direct Talk’, aired by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK World.

Geography in the news: air pollution mapping

This month has seen the issue of air pollution consistently hitting the headlines.

February’s issue of Geographical out now

The February issue of Geographical is available now both online and in print.

Geography in the news: COP24 and climate change

December has seen climate change frequently hitting the headlines as 23,000 delegates from 197 states participated in the 24th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24).

Open house afternoon

To celebrate the support provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable our work, we’re holding a free celebratory open house afternoon on 7 December 2018.

Society marks Refugee Week with a series of maps illustrating global refugee movements

Worldmapper have put together a series of maps highlighting the global distribution of refugees and internally displaced persons.

What makes the Arctic unique?

This year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.

2018 medal and award recipients announced

This year, our medals and awards recognise 21 different people for their extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, photography, and public engagement.

Submit your images to the Earth Photo competition

We are excited to announce a new photography competition, Earth Photo, in partnership with the Forestry Commission England.