As the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, we champion and advance the discipline and work with many different audiences. We exist to enhance understanding of our world.
Geography has never been more important in helping us to understand our rapidly changing world.
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. 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
[In-person and online] An informal evening of short illustrated talks packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire.
10 March 2022
Alvaro Castilla-Beltrán takes us to Cape Verde to understand the impact of humans on biodiversity, exploring the soils beneath his feet.
12 March 2020
Val's solo through-hike of the Transcaucasian Trail turned into an unexpectedly emotional journey, featuring lone shepherds, hospitable families, and homemade vodka.
15 March 2018
In 2015 Fearghal climbed, hitched and paddled across the Bolivian Altiplano. Fearghal examines this journey making a passionate case for why experience is essential to understanding the world.
16 March 2016
Crossing deserts, mountain ranges and the Atlantic on a cargo ship, all in a 30 year-old Renault 4, Matthieu redistributed €25,000 to people actively excluded from the formal financial sector.
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