The Younger Members’ Committee organise a programme of geographical events with a strong social element, aimed at both members and the wider public. The events provide an invaluable contribution to the Society’s London activities, providing an opportunity for like-minded individuals to meet each other and to engage with geographical topics in an informal atmosphere.
Attendees, and committee members, mostly fall into the 20-45 age group. Events are open to all, except wine tasting evenings and the Summer Garden Party, which are for over 18s.
Other regular events include informal drinks in the Map Room following the first Monday night lecture of each month, a Christmas quiz, an opportunity to experience the Society's Collections, and the annual Microlectures evening – a series of talks by members about recent journeys, every March.
The committee is currently chaired by Annabel Illingworth and reports to Council every June.
If you would like to find out more, or get involved in the Younger Members’ Committee, please contact us.
We welcome applications from interested Fellows, members and prospective new members who wish to speak.
The next application deadline is 31 October 2021 for 10 March 2022 event. Please apply in accordance with the guidelines and read the full document as it contains detailed information on the process. Auditions will take place online in November.
Following the submission deadline a shortlist of applicants is drawn up and invited to attend an audition, following which the successful applicants will be asked to give a 10 minute ‘microlecture’ in front of an audience in the Society’s Ondaatje Theatre. The Map Room bar will be open for drinks before and after the talks, as well as during the interval. The event will be livestreamed too.
The event is informal and aims to inspire, entertain and engage the audience about our world. Talks must have a geographical focus, sharing aspects of what was learnt on the journey. However, this is not an evening for experienced speakers and academic presentations. Rather, it is a chance to see a diverse selection of the ‘next generation’ of speakers. Those who have spoken at the microlectures event in the previous two years are not eligible to apply.
Each talk will be unique and the event will give both audience and speakers the chance to learn something about the world in which we live, and to meet other attendees. The audience will be a mixture of Society members and the interested public and will be encouraged to participate by asking questions and discussing with other attendees.
Although the event is organised by the Younger Members’ Committee, there is no expectation that either the speakers or the audience will necessarily be ‘young’. Speakers have ranged from under 20 to over 60, and the audience will be wider still.
Featured image: Rupert Sagar-Musgrave
Join us for a guided walk to enjoy the Earth Photo 2022 exhibition followed by refreshments, outdoors in the iconic Moors Valley Country Park in Dorset.
31 August 2022
[In-person] The Society’s new exhibition marking the centenary of the Everest expeditions in the 1920s.
5 October 2022
[In-person] Global energy price rises and the associated shock to the international political order of the Russian invasion of Ukraine - what now for UN climate negotiations?
8 November 2022
[Online] In this session, we will explore what we really mean by 'stretch and challenge' and how to implement and plan for a successful stretch and challenge.
16 November 2022
From January 2021, all Fellows will automatically be able to access our full range of scholarly journals online.
11 December 2020
At a moment when global cooperation is under threat, this lecture examines the history of internationalism, with particular reference to the international role of RGS-IBG.
10 December 2018
A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the earth in all its diversity has been chosen for the Society’s inaugural Earth Photo exhibition.
10 July 2018
Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), visits the Olympic Refugee Team to see how a unique set of athletes are making history on the global stage.
18 July 2016
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