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 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.
Geographical Journeys: microlectures is an informal annual evening of short, illustrated talks that aim to inspire, entertain and engage the audience with the world’s people, places and environments.
The 2020 event takes place on Thursday 12 March. The application process to speak is open until midnight on 25 October 2019. Please download this guideline document for full details of the speaker application process.
The committee is looking for engaging, personal accounts of recent journeys with a purpose made by the speaker. The event is an opportunity for the next generation of speakers to gain experience. Many of the previous participants have increased their public speaking engagements and even gone on to television presenting.
After the submission deadline a shortlist of applicants is invited to attend an audition in London (or via Skype). Six successful applicants are then offered the opportunity to give a ‘microlecture’ in front of an audience in the Society’s Ondaatje Theatre.
A first opportunity to see original archive material, photographs and artefacts from the Society’s newly accessioned Eric Newby Collection.
21 November 2019
Come one and all to test your general and geographical knowledge at a festive quiz!
3 December 2019
An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire.
12 March 2020
Living with the tribes of the Sinai, EmmaLucy experiences the Dahiyya – a largely forbidden dance where genders freely interact.
14 March 2019
The steppe is changing and rural nomads are moving to the cities. Hattie spent two months finding out why.
15 March 2018
The experiences of a two-month crossing of Southern India: heat stroke, leopards, mountains, mosquitos, sleeping rough, and why it was all completely brilliant.
16 March 2016
Having never kayaked before, Ian set off to hike and paddle Sri Lanka’s longest river from source to sea. From the country’s third highest peak – Totapola Kanda – Ian travelled through tea plantations, ancient city-states, and modern tourist destinations. This journey challenged his ideas of river travel and demonstrated the difficulties of water security for developing nations.
18 March 2015
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