All applicants must be over 16 (there is no upper age limit). Applications may be from Fellows or Members of the Society, as well as non-members. If selected to speak, a non-member is required to join the Society before the speaker line-up is published in late January. The organising committee can assist in facilitating a joining application. Those who have spoken at a microlectures event in the previous two years are not eligible to apply to speak.
Please complete the application form by midnight on 30 October 2022. Your details will be passed on to the Younger Members’ Committee who are organising this event, to be held on Thursday 9 March 2023 at 7.00pm.
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Speakers have a maximum of 10 minutes to give their talk accompanied by a visual presentation. After each talk there will be five minutes of questions from the audience before moving on to the next speaker. The evening needs to keep to a tight schedule so timing is important.
Remember, the title of the overall event is Geographical journeys so your talk should reflect this, focusing on a journey with a geographical purpose or theme, and displaying an ‘interest and enthusiasm for the world's peoples, places and environments’.
Think of a captivating title for your talk.
First-hand accounts of recent journeys are favoured over academic or historical content.
Talks should not be a commercial pitch or an obvious endorsement. References to charity projects etc. as well as personal projects related to the subject are acceptable.
Avoid a round-up of loosely related experiences. Focus on one story.
Choose a strong title image. Aim for around 10-20 images, dependent on your pace. Your closing image may contain contact details, social media handles, and sponsor thanks if appropriate.
Showing a map of your journey early on may be useful.
Make sure your images tie in with your story, and edit them carefully.
Avoid reading from notes word-for-word or from the slides (use your images as prompts if necessary or use cards with keywords).
On the evening you and your talk title will be will be introduced by the host, so there is no need to say your name or explain what you will talk about – just start your talk straight away.
Think about the structure of your talk. Identify the key points of your story and focus on these, rather than a range of smaller topics.
Use the opportunity to engage with the audience. If there are any props which will help bring the story to life, feel free to bring them along (although please notify us in advance).
Time and practice your lecture to make sure it doesn’t run over the allotted 10 minutes.
Video material may be used to illustrate a section of your story. We strongly discourage the showing of film trailers, full story video summaries, and longer clips. We want you to recount your story. Video is best placed earlier on to avoid timing problems.
Is there a conclusion to your story? Consider how you are going to round off your lecture.
Keep it snappy and enjoy yourself – when you do, the audience will enjoy it too!
One of the Committee will reply to your application by email to arrange an audition for those who are shortlisted. Exact dates will be confirmed individually, and auditions will take place remotely online in November and early December 2022 (there may be an opportunity for some in-person auditions in London).
It would be to the applicant’s advantage to have their talk and slides in as good a shape as possible, but we do not expect the audition to be necessarily a final version of the applicant’s microlecture. We will be looking for an engaging talk which includes a strong degree of personal experience as well as insight into a particular area or aspect of geography. After your ‘run through’ you will be asked questions, as will happen on the night, and be given feedback on content and presentation.
Following auditions the Committee organisers will meet to select the final line-up. No further feedback on unsuccessful applicant auditions can be given at this time. In selecting speakers, the organisers will aim to put together a varied programme that will inform, inspire and entertain the audience with fresh stories about experiences of interesting places.
By agreeing to participate, successful speakers give permission for their name, the title of their presentation and their image illustrating the microlecture to be used in promotional material for the event. Publicity will be organised directly by the Society but speakers will be encouraged to publicise the event through their own social media channels as well.
This is not a formal members’ Monday night lecture. Despite taking place in the Ondaatje Theatre it is an informal event and provides an opportunity for the audience to hear ‘snapshots’ of experiences from around the world from our members. The audience will comprise a range of age groups, interests and expertise, from school pupils to experienced professionals. Some will be members of the Society, others will be the general public with enthusiasm and an interest in your topic.
For the event the presentations should be either a PowerPoint or Keynote file (PowerPoint preferred). For the audition we use Zoom and Google Hangouts.
Content should be provided in 16:9 format; this fits our screens in the best ratio, however other formats such as 4:3 can be provided. The best resolution for our projector is 1080 pix (1920 x 1080).
For videos please supply MP4/MOV/AVI formats.You should bring the source for any video footage/internet links/audio (i.e. do not rely on shortcuts on your home PC). If embedded into the presentation, these should be saved in a separate folder on the memory stick as a backup.
NB for both auditions and the microlectures event, it is essential that you save your presentation as a PDF backup as well - bring this with you as it is the safest multi-platform format.
5.30pm Speakers’ briefing and sound check
6.00pm Doors open to ticket holders and Map Room bar opens
7.00pm Introduction and three or four presentations
8.00pm Interval (Map Room bar/networking)
8.30pm Three presentations
9.30pm End of presentations, informal networking in the Map Room bar
10.30pm Event ends
It is recommended that you watch the previous microlectures.
Watch last year's microlectures
Featured image: Rupert Sagar-Musgrave
After a spine injury ends her prospects of a sports career, Laura Scott packs up her life and cycles 5500 miles from the Arctic Circle to the Black Sea. Solo.
11 March 2021
Ruairi Glasheen meets the young musicians drumming new life into ancient Persian traditions.
12 March 2020
Leading an expedition to the Marquesas Islands to study a rare parrot, Liv Grant treks uninhabited islands, swims shark-filled waters and joins a festival of feathers.
Sophie travelled to the South Pacific archipelago and lived with the Ngowtari (female leaders) to study their unique powers, jurisdiction and ceremonies. She reflects on what we can learn from a matrilineal society.
22 March 2017
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