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 at the 2021 microlectures evening. Please apply in accordance with the guidelines and read the full document as it contains detailed information on the process.
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 (Covid-19 regulations allowing). The 2021 event date will be on Thursday 11 March. The Map Room bar will be open for drinks before and after the talks, as well as during the interval. Six applicants will be selected to speak.
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 (typically 300-400 people attending) 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 a 40 year old foldable wooden kayak, Oscar Scafidi’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.
22 March 2017
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
James travelled to the Horn of Africa in search of a lighthouse that might not even exist. This is a journey that goes to the heart of why we wish to explore.
Last year Rwandans commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. Fergus was in Kigali over this period and attended genocide memorial ceremonies, massacre sites and interviewed a number of survivors. He reflects on Genocide Memorial Week and where Rwanda now finds itself in the modern world.
18 March 2015
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