Off-site safety management - training the trainers

A one-day course for trainers with relevant previous experience in managing a wide range of visits in the UK and overseas who wish to deliver the off-site safety management course to their own groups.

EVC update workshop - November 2020

This course gives trained EVC’s at all schools the opportunity to look into current material in more depth and share good practice with EVCs.

Educational Visits Coordinator Training

Essential training for new EVCs responsible for the policies and practice around risk management for out-of-school visits.

Off-site safety management

A must for those involved in planned visits in the UK or overseas, this course looks at the safety management issues involved in planning, managing and evaluating local visits, fieldtrips, residentials and exchanges.

Spatial Data Science Conference

Now in its fourth year, the Spatial Data Science Conference is the leading event bringing together Data Scientists and Developers who specialize in working with spatial data.

Ofsted Deep Dives into Geography

Hear first hand from colleagues about their experiences of an Ofsted Deep Dive into Geography. You will have a chance to hear about what the Deep Dive can involve, and ask questions to colleagues who have been through the process.

Paving the way - Chris Speight

[Postponed] Topped with its weird and wonderful limestone pavement, Malham Cove is one of the most impressive natural features in Yorkshire, so let's delve a little deeper into this wondrous landscape.

Clough Head and Wainwright - Tim Foster

Join Tim Foster and the Wainwright Society for this ascent and circuit of Clough Head,

Wilderness festival

The Society has curated a programme of talks that take you to places across the world from Cornbury Park.

Kingsweston and Blaise Castle Estates - Professor Kathryn Monk

Walk around the estate of the Grade 1 listed Kingsweston House (currently being restored) opening up new vistas. Picnic or café lunch and then onward to the adjacent Blaise Castle Estate, a SSSI and Roman Road.

Reaching for the Poles: from Phipps to Fiennes - Eugene Rae

Archivist Eugene Rae selects unique polar artefacts from the RGS-IBG Collections. 

If at first you don’t succeed… Chris Speight

[Postponed] Join us in Kielder. With its lack of crowds, fresh countryside air, secluded waterside bays and huge tree-lined paths you really get the sense you’re the last person on Earth.

Sustainable urban transport

[Cancelled] The panel will discuss the twin imperatives to tackle urban air quality and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our urban areas.  

Industrial archaeology of Tavistock - Andrew Thompson

[Cancelled] Morning talk focuses on Tavistock's role as a gateway to a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, and development of Bedford Cottages and canal. Followed by an afternoon guided walk of the area.

Geography and History - together stronger, but separate…

[Cancelled] Run in conjunction with the Historical Association, this participatory day course will support you in planning primary History and Geography in ways that strengthen links between the subjects and amplify learning.

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

Year 12 going places with geography

[Cancelled] A day of informative sessions for Year 12 pupils who are considering geography as a career option to find out more about where studying geography can lead.

Discovering Dolgellau: the natural and cultural history of Snowdonia - Rhys Gwynn

Join Rhys Gwynn for a botanical stroll amongst the wildflower-rich meadows of south Dolgellau. 

Brantwood fluttery event - Martin Tordoff

Examine the light traps of Brantwood for an interesting array of summer moth species.
 

Guided butterfly walk

Guided butterfly walk covering a range of habitats in the Brantwood gardens.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

[Cancelled] The Great Exhibition Road Festival returns for a celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration.

Climate change and you

[Cancelled] Join our panel during London Climate Action Week to discuss the risks to the UK of a world that’s three degrees warmer.

'FT for schools' online talk and workshop for teachers

The Society and the Financial Times are offering geography teachers the opportunity to find out more about the FT for schools programme.

Expedition medicine training

[Cancelled] A two-day course for those departing on expeditions to remote parts of the world where medical help is not readily available.

Digimap for Schools for the primary geography curriculum

[Cancelled] Why is Digimap for Schools the perfect tool for delivering your primary geography curriculum? During our session we want to cover as many elements of the primary geography National Curriculum as possible.

The Rochdale Nine - Mike Redfern

[Cancelled] A 1.5 mile guided walk through Manchester along the Rochdale Canal from Piccadilly to Castlefield, discovering the history, the architecture and the personalities of the world’s first industrial city.

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

[Cancelled] A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

Summer garden party

[Cancelled] A reception and dinner will be followed by live music and dancing.

Why this, why now? Thoughtful curriculum development in KS3 Geography and History

[Cancelled] An in depth look at the Key Stage Three curriculum for History and Geography, thinking about what you’re teaching, when you’re teaching it and why.

Two woods on the summer solstice - Martin Haslett

Join Martin Haslett as he leads a three mile walk between two community woodlands, which both encourage wildlife and engage the local community.

Participatory geographies away weekend

[Postponed] We welcome anybody practicing or interested in collaborative research to attend. During the weekend we shall have time to share ideas and to work through challenges we’re facing; to think and write; and to walk, relax and cook together.

One man’s climb: a journey of trauma, tragedy and triumph on K2 - Adrian Hayes

Record-breaking adventurer, author and speaker, Adrian Hayes, presents the story of his attempts to climb the world’s notorious second highest mountain, and the book that arose from his journey.

Wilding the Nar Valley on the Westacre Estate - Fraser Bradbury

In this walk, guided by Fraser Bradbury, you will see the first stages of wood pasture restoration in this woodland and wetland site.

Kents Cavern and Babbacombe - Pat Wilson

[Cancelled] Based on the Discovering Britain "Coves and Cliffs" walk, starting with an underground visit to Kents Cavern.
 

Explore Loughborough

[Postponed to 2021] Explore is a one day event for anyone planning expeditions and field research overseas, with a focus on self-led student projects.

Earth photo

[Cancelled] A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and four films that document the Earth in all its diversity.

Somerset Rural Life Museum and Glastonbury Tor - Les Davies MBE

A guided visit to the Rural Life Museum followed by an ascent of Glastonbury Tor.

Day break on the Carneddau - Rob Collister

An unforgettable experience for adventurous types: join esteemed alpinist Rob Collister MBE for an overnight walk over the lesser-known Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia, to greet the morning sun. 

Why geography is crucial to understanding the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 - Dr Dominic Fontana

This talk explains how and why local geographical factors were crucial in influencing a battle which determined the fate of the English crown and the subsequent history of the nation.
 

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the 'attractively impish' (Guardian) environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

MOVE – Management of Visit Emergencies 2020

[Cancelled] This half-day, scenario-based course is for school EVCs and senior management. It is intended to meet the needs of staff who may have a role to play during a visit emergency.

Online conference - Fieldwork and Independent Investigation with ArcGIS Online

This online conference will focus on the use of ArcGIS for fieldwork and the A Level Independent Investigation. It is run in partnership with Esri UK and will be led by their education team.

Be Inspired: Always ready for an expedition - Natalie Cox

[Cancelled] This talk recounts the extraordinary life of explorer Richard Burton, 1821-1890, as we celebrate his bicentenary.

What makes a 'successful rural community'? - David Jackman

This is an interactive workshop, part of a BSI study into how communities can be strengthened or re-built.

Annual reception

[Cancelled] Join us to celebrate another sucessful year for the Society.

Rewilding - the debate continues

[Cancelled] A panel of experts and local specialists will look to move the debate forward from last year’s discussion of what rewilding meant to consider what could and perhaps should be done to facilitate rewilding in Nidderdale. 

Rock and roll - Chris Speight

[Postponed] The Tees was once a source of industry powering the people and fortunes of this area. Discover the hidden histories and find out how people have used and exploited it over time.

Nature writing book club: Dancing with bees

[Cancelled] Join us as we discuss Brigit Strawbridge Howard's passionate dive into the world of bees of all stripes.  

Members' and Fellows' show and tell

An evening of ten minute presentations, comprising maximum of 12 images, on specialist subjects or places visited near and far.

HMS Endurance in Antarctica - Rear Admiral Nick Lambert

[Cancelled] HMS Endurance in Antarctica: Nick takes a trip down memory lane with some reflections on the vitality of the marine environment.

Ernest Shackleton: the man and the myth - Stephen Scott-Fawcett

[Cancelled] Polar historian, Stephen Scott-Fawcett, talks about the myth and the reality of Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

Forbidden travel

[Cancelled] Join us for an evening of armchair travel as we transport ourselves to unusual destinations that are now off limits to tourists.
 

Year 12 geography at university

[Cancelled] These events provide sixth form students with the experience to bridge the gap between school and university and explore what studying geography at university level is like.

Finding gold - Vincent Thurkettle

Vincent Thurkettle became fascinated with searching for natural gold after studying geology. Then he met a gold prospector and never looked back.

Chartered Geographer networking event

[Cancelled] A networking evening for all Chartered Geographers, and other professionals using geography in the workplace.

Digital transformation through geography and GIS - Adrian Friend CGeog (GIS)

[Cancelled] An exploration of the transformative power of geography to unlock huge potential in public and private organisations across the UK, realising the potential of geospatial data for the UK economy.

On View: The antipodes unveiled - Eugene Rae

[Cancelled] A lavish display of material from the RGS-IBG library depicting Australia and New Zealand supported by maps, photographs, archives and artefacts.

Romantic ruins, poisonous past - Vivienne Crow

[Postponed] Whilst Gunnerside Gill looks idyllic, it hasn't always been so peaceful! Explore the lead mining history, the poisonous processes, and look at the legacy left behind by this once-deadly industry.

Mountain rescues from history

Revisit dramatic mountain rescues from the UK and abroad from the historic collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust. 

Geographical lates: 200 years of Antarctic exploration

[Cancelled] Join us for the evening to learn more about Antarctica’s unique geopolitical situation.

Sitopia: the hidden power of food - Carolyn Steel

[Cancelled] Food shapes our lives and the hidden costs of cheap industrial food are destroying us and our planet; yet by valuing food again, we can harness its power to create a better world.

Next generation utilities - Adrian Hale and Richard Woodling

The evening will comprise presentations from Adrian Hale (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council) and Richard Woodling (Ordnance Survey) on mapping developments in support of infrastructure planning for 5G connectivity.

Spatial Data Science Conference

[Postponed until 23 September] Now in its fourth year, the Spatial Data Science Conference is the leading event bringing together Data Scientists and Developers who specialize in working with spatial data.

Where the animals go - Dr James Cheshire

[Cancelled] James Cheshire talks through the fascinating stories of animal behaviour, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.

Volcanoes and human history - Caroline Williams and Cathy Cashman

[Cancelled] Part of the Cardiff University School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Off-site safety management

[Cancelled] A must for those involved in planned visits in the UK or overseas, this course looks at the safety management issues involved in planning, managing and evaluating local visits, fieldtrips, residentials and exchanges.

No place like home - Professor Joe Smith

[Cancelled] Humanity’s tenure on Earth has had very far-reaching consequences. Joe charts the past, present and future of environmental ideas and actions to help find a way through these difficult times.

Revolutionary ride - Lois Pryce

[Cancelled] Annual dinner and talk. Author and travel writer, Lois Pryce tells how she embarked upon a 3000 mile motorcycle ride around the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Navigating our way towards a plastic free ocean - Emily Penn

[Cancelled] Emily Penn is an ocean advocate and skipper. Having spent a decade at sea, she will share her adventures from her latest expedition 'Round the world' and her insights in developing upstream solutions.

Desert exploration for the busy professional - Dr Alan Crofts

[Cancelled] Dr Alan Crofts, an accomplished organiser of independent exploratory expeditions in desert regions, will present an entertaining summary of conducting global expeditions to desert lands.

Thin Ice - Tim Jarvis

[Cancelled] Having retraced Shackleton’s 1916 survival journey, Tim explains how South Georgia’s glacial melt over the past 100 years has confirmed the importance of Shackletonian leadership in tackling climate change and given rise to his VR project ‘Thin Ice’.

Be Inspired: Woman with the Iceberg Eyes - Katherine Macinnes

[Cancelled] Woman with the iceberg eyes traces the fascinating story of an Edwardian lady for whom Oriana Ridge, Antarctica, is named.

Sitopia: the hidden power of food - Carolyn Steel

[Cancelled] Food shapes our lives and the hidden costs of cheap industrial food are destroying us and our planet; yet by valuing food again, we can harness its power to create a better world.

 

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2020

[Cancelled] A supportive and friendly event for PhD students to present their work and meet others working in related fields. This interdisciplinary event is an excellent place to get feedback on your work, network, and practice your presentation skills.

Sun, sand and survival - Kit Maxwell

[Cancelled] Join veteran desert explorer Kit Constable Maxwell for an adventure across the Algerian desert, meeting the fascinating Touareg people in their home region.

USA coast to coast to coast by Harley Davidson - Norman Harris

[Cancelled] A travelogue of Norman's solo 9000 mile ride from Philadelphia to San Francisco. 

Measuring correlation in A Level geography (repeat of 23 April session)

In this online session we will take a look at the ideas around correlation, why it is a vital tool in geography and show how using technology can help students visualise these concepts easily.

Communities, conservation and sustainable travel in Africa - Sue Watt

[Cancelled] An award winning travel writer specialising in Africa,  takes us on a journey across the continent’s sub-Saharan regions to show how vital sustainable tourism can be for the people and wildlife of these countries.

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

[Cancelled] Taking the audience on a breathtaking journey across the continent, filmmaker Reza Pakravan will share stories of the tense frontiers, enduring traditions and ordinary people living where climate change has hit the hardest: the Sahel.

Measuring correlation in A level geography

In this online session, we will take a look at the ideas around correlation, why it is a vital tool in geography and show how using technology can help students visualise these concepts easily.

Unearthing hidden secrets from the ocean mud - Dr Fabienne Marret-Davies

[Cancelled] Looking into the past helps us understand our current and future situation. The talk will focus on how well-preserved palaeoceanographic indicators have helped to refine understanding of past climates, including resolving the Noah’s flood debate.

Negative emissions: removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - Professor Rachael James

[Cancelled] Paris Agreement goals cannot be achieved without active removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This talk presents some of the new technologies that are emerging for carbon dioxide removal.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.

Talking about geography with geographers

[Cancelled] Come along and enjoy an informal evening of networking and short presentations for everyone interested in geography. Additional presenters welcome.

Dangerous neighbours: living alongside erupting volcanoes - Jenni Barclay

[Cancelled] Part of the Cardiff University School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Using Earth Observation data in your teaching

[Cancelled] This session is aimed at teachers who are interested in using Earth Observation data in the classroom.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.
 

Out of thin air

[Postponed until April 2021] Exhibition of new mountainscapes of Nepal and India with archival exhibition of photographs from the Society’s Collections.

Tackling the climate and housing crises through community-led living - Professor Paul Chatterton

[Cancelled] The co-founder of Low Impact Living Affordable Community (Lilac) reflects on life with over fifty neighbours over six years, where residents experiment with living in an affordable, co-operative home ownership community made from straw and wood.

Be Inspired: Building climate resilience from past experiences - Neil MacDonald

[Cancelled] Historical records provide valuable information detailing how past communities have responded and adapted to extreme weather events, which can inform future responses.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston, and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East skied across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole. 

The killer question

[Cancelled] Join a panel of experts to discuss our understanding of outbreaks such as influenza, Ebola, Zika and Covid-19, and the role geographers play in preparing for pandemics.

The native daffodils of Snowdonia - Rob Collister

[Cancelled] Discover the native daffodils of Snowdonia National Park in full bloom in this easy stroll.

Map, chart, slide and artefacts evening

[Cancelled] A chance to hear members' own stories, talking for ten minutes about their travels, treasurers and experiences.

Catch up with our educational podcast

The latest episode of our Ask the geographer podcast, features East Londoner Victoria Ayodeji and her remarkable journey from Hackney to the University of Cambridge.

Catch up with our educational podcast

The latest episode of our Ask the geographer podcast, features East Londoner Victoria Ayodeji and her remarkable journey from Hackney to the University of Cambridge.

Open access deal for UK researchers in the Society’s journals

Last month, Jisc, the UK’s research and education not-for-profit organisation, and publisher Wiley signed a four year ‘read and publish’ agreement that extends to many UK universities and research institutions.

Editorial appointments for our journals

We are pleased to announce some new editorial appointments for our journals.

Geographers elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations to the six geographers who were elected as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences last week.

Geography graduate earnings remain strong

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has concluded that university study is a good investment for most students, with those pursuing higher education better off after taxes, student loan repayments and foregone earnings are accounted for.

New school resources for Antarctic conservation

We are very pleased to have received funding from the Flotilla Foundation to build on our work as educational partner for the Weddell Sea Expedition.

Supporting professionals towards Chartered Geographer

Geography Professional is a new programme of support for professionals who are committed to making an application for Chartered Geographer (CGeog) accreditation.

John Ruskin and the geology of the hills

[Cancelled] Exhibition about John Ruskin and the geology of the hills, displayed in the Blue Gallery.

Core Maths supports young geographers

The Society is delighted to be working with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (managed by MEI) to launch our new Geography and Core Maths initiative, funded by the Department for Education.

A hard day's light: racing the sun across Hadrian's Wall - Jamie Rutherford

Can Jamie Rutherford follow the wall and run the width of England before the sun sets?

In search of a 'lost' house in Bangladesh - Shreyashi Dasgupta

70 years after Partition, Shreyashi Dasgupta goes in search of her grandfather's old home.

Buried treasure: unearthing an archipelago's lost ecosystem - Alvaro Castilla-Beltrán

Alvaro Castilla-Beltrán takes us to Cape Verde to understand the impact of humans on biodiversity, exploring the soils beneath his feet.

Project Armenia: climbing above the clouds - Peter Rosso

On an expedition to scout new routes, Peter Rosso is challenged to address long-term mental health issues while high on the cliff walls.

Rhythm revolution: exploring Iran through its rich musical heritage - Ruairi Glasheen

Ruairi Glasheen meets the young musicians drumming new life into ancient Persian traditions.

Last stop in the remote Pacific - Liv Grant

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.

Around the world on nothing but optimism - Becca Marsh, Maximillian White and Joel Chevallier

Becca Marsh, Maximillian White and Joel Chevallier take adventures to misrepresented places, beginning with a trip around the globe in a £75 car.

Discovering Antarctica stamp competition

This year marks 200 years since the discovery of Antarctica, and to celebrate the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) is running a competition for children aged 4-17 to design an official postage stamp for the territory.

Greenland and Antarctica are distant, unfamiliar places. We hear of giant icebergs breaking away, glaciers crumbling: but how much we do know about the fate of these great ice sheets?

International Women’s Day 2020

Today is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion we’re acknowledging the diversity of field research that some of our inspirational female grant recipients have undertaken in a range of countries over the past year.

Geographical lates: British landscapes

Join us for our next Geographical lates event on Britain’s stunning landscapes on Friday 20 March.

Geographers unique insights showcased in our Geovisualisation series

Geovisualisations is a new series of images and articles that explore the power of maps and geographical data visualisations for telling stories about our world.

‘The lines, which are so very fine’: John Harrison, William Hogarth and the trouble with drawing a line of Longitude. Katy considers how a clockmaker and an engraver played their parts in how the longitude problem was solved on paper, in London, before it could ever be resolved at sea.

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 for Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent’s Naga tales

Recipient of the 2019 Neville Shulman Challenge Award, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, will be sharing tales from her travels to the remote Nagalands of India and Myanmar in an episode of Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4.

Explore the latest research with our journals

The Society’s four leading international journals, Area, Geo: Geography and Environment, The Geographical Journal and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, cover the full spectrum of geographical research. And as the latest issues go to print, here is a preview of some of their content.

Having successfully crewed the first British sailing boat to sail around the North East/North West passages in one season, David gives us his personal account of this exciting journey and the consequences of this venture.

Apply now for the 2020 Fieldwork Apprenticeships

The deadline for this year’s Fieldwork Apprenticeships is fast approaching.

Our expert panel look at food security and the potential role of new technology, as well as how we can be more mindful of seasonality, production processes, consumption and waste.

Apply now for new PhD on our Collections

Applications are now open for a PhD studentship on the Society’s Collections, as part of our Collaborative Doctoral Awards programme.

Statement on industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU)

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) statement on industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU).

Peter explores how the strategic location of Singapore has historically made it a contested space and what role the island and its settlements have played across the centuries.

Get involved with your regional committee

Regional committees are an excellent way to get involved with the Society. At their events across the country you can meet like-minded people, encounter the unexpected on field trips, and engage in lively discussions.

What the traveller saw

To mark the centenary of Eric Newby’s birth, an exhibition of stunning photographs from his lifetime of travels is now on display in our Pavilion.

New Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has published a new edition of the Subject Benchmark Statement for Geography.

Migration resources shortlisted for the 2020 Bett Awards

We are delighted that our Migrants on the margins educational resources were finalists in the Free Digital Content or Open Educational Resources category of the 2020 Bett Awards.

What the traveller saw: the photographs of Eric Newby

[Closed] This exhibition displays a selection of stunning photographs from Newby’s travels. Extended until 14 April 2020.

The Director of the world’s largest migration research project argues that inequality should be central to our thinking about migration and how inequality is an important analytical tool for understanding migration processes and outcomes.

Earth Photo 2020 competition launched

We’re excited to announce this year’s Earth Photo competition is now open for entries.

Apply now for Environment and Sustainability Research Grants

The deadline for this year’s Environment and Sustainability Research Grants is fast approaching.

Framework of Competencies refreshed

The Framework of Competencies, which sets out the range of professional expertise and other characteristics required for achieving and maintaining Chartered Geographer status, has been refreshed.

Photographer Guillaume Bonn and curator Rozemin Keshvani discuss Bonn's photo essay on East Africa's disappearing past, barely recognisable but through the echoes of architectural ruins and fragile landscapes.

The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition

Before she sets off on her regional theatres tour, we caught up with polar explorer, author and former climate scientist, Felicity Aston, to discuss her experiences of the Polar Regions, the Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition and challenging stereotypes.

Antarctica in sight celebrations

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first sightings of Antarctica, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) has launched Antarctica in sight, a year-long cultural programme to explore the first two centuries of human endeavour in this fascinating continent, and reflect on what the future might be.

February’s issue of Geographical out now

The February issue of Geographical is available now both online and in print.

Isabella tells the story of a daring rewilding experiment at Knepp Estate in West Sussex, showing how a wilder countryside can benefit farming, nature and us.

Book series celebrates 20 years

The RGS-IBG book series turns 20 this year, and to date it has published 57 titles spanning the full range of geographical research topics.

Deadline for Frederick Soddy Schools Award extended

The deadline for applications to the Frederick Soddy Schools Award has been extended to Monday 3 February.

Hear a panel of some of the UK's most highly respected travel journalists share their hints and tips on how to capture and record your journeys in writing, as well as their experiences on assignment.

How many people can the Earth support? Christopher encourages us to think geographically about the Earth’s carrying capacity whilst considering the perils faced by our planet and our species, and how to survive them.

House of Lords sustainability debate

On 29 November 2019, Fellows and members of the Society took part in a special debate in the House of Lords. 

The age of the smart mobile machine is upon us. Paul explores the intersection between artificial intelligence, robots and their environments, and implications for our country and our planet.

New membership card for 2020 revealed

Our new membership card for 2020 is now available, with some interesting changes. 

Geographers recognised

Congratulations to all the geographers who were recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours list.

Society closing times over Christmas

We are closed completely between Tuesday 24 December 2019 and Wednesday 1 January 2020, inclusive.

Give the gift of inspiration

With Christmas just around the corner, Society membership is the ideal gift for the geographer in your life.

Geographies of anticolonialism out now

The latest addition to the RGS-IBG book series, Geographies of anticolonialism: political networks across and beyond south India, c.1900-1930, is now available to order online.

Geographers reflect on financing net-zero

The Society hosted policymakers, researchers and professionals earlier this month, to explore investment solutions to the challenge of financing net-zero.

Research on microplastics has largely focused on the oceans, but what is the contribution from our rivers? Jamie will explore microplastic contamination in UK river basins and the role of floods in microplastic transport.

Developing our work with professional geographers

Earlier this year, the Society’s Council approved the formation of a Professional Advisory Group.

Apply now for the Frederick Soddy Schools Award

Every year, the Frederick Soddy Schools Award offers grants of between £200 and £600 to teachers leading groups of pupils, from UK and Ireland schools.

Between 2015 - 2019, award winning photographer Marissa Roth made seven transatlantic crossings on the Queen Mary II, resulting in a poetic photographic study of what it means to cross an ocean.

Geography and Education Research Group launches

To celebrate the Higher Education Research Group becoming the Geography and Education Research Group (GeogEd), a conference is being held at the University of the West of England in mid-December.

Geographical lates: climate talks

Hear from a range of experts as they discuss evolving climate science, the current policy stance, what the COP25 climate talks hope to achieve, and what you can do.

Spotlight on geography in government

Welcome to everyone who is attending the second annual geographers in government conference being held at the Society today.

Society responds to recent media coverage of geography

The Society responds to recent comments in the media about the discipline of geography.

Geography teachers share ideas

Last week over 50 secondary geography teachers visited the Society to share their ideas and good practice for teaching geography in the classroom, as part of our annual TeachMeet event.

Response to Danny Dorling's comments on geography degrees

In response to Professor Danny Dorling’s comments about geography degrees, the Society has released the following statement.

Society events to enjoy this spring

Our spring events programme is full of topical issues and themes - book now to avoid missing out.

Research Group grants awarded

Every year we support the Society’s 31 Research and Working Groups through the Research Groups grants scheme, and we are delighted to be supporting a range of activities over the coming year.

School resources in partnership with ERM commended

We are delighted to announce that our river and coastal fieldwork resources were commended at the 2019 Scottish Association of Geography Teachers Annual Conference Publishers’ Awards.

Our Planet: in the hands of young people

Prior to his lecture at the University of Cumbria later this month, we caught up with Education Manager for Our Planet and a member of the Education Leadership Group for the WWF Global Network, Matt Larsen-Daw, to discuss his highlights of working on the series and the challenges for reaching a sustainable future.

Marking 200 years since the discovery of land in Antarctica Professor David Vaughan, Jane Rumble OBE, Camilla Nichol and Professor Klaus Dodds will consider Antarctica’s history and its unique status as a continent reserved for peace and science.

AC2020: call for sessions, papers and posters

Our next Annual International Conference will be held at the Society in London from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September 2020, and the call for sessions, papers and posters is now open.

Geography brings insight to financing net-zero

As part of our recently relaunched 'Environment and Society Forum' series, in early December we are hosting policymakers, professionals and geographers to explore investment solutions to the challenge of decarbonisation.

GIS day 2019

To mark GIS day, we’re sharing the career profiles of geographers from a wide range of sectors who use GIS in their day-to-day role.

Young Geographers of the Year announced

The winners of the 2019 Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award were presented with their awards in a ceremony held at the Society on Tuesday 12 November.

Explore 2019 – weekend highlights

Last weekend, the Society welcomed over 350 enthusiastic and dedicated delegates, speakers and exhibitors to Explore 2019.

Young Geographers of the Year announced

‘Young Geographer of the Year’ is a national competition run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to encourage pupils to engage with geographical issues. Each year, the competition receives entries from thousands of pupils from hundreds of schools. This year’s ‘Young Geographer of the Year’ competition was an opportunity for geography pupils to answer the question: ‘Where can geography take you?’

No man’s lands are proliferating in today's turbulent world. Using digital archives and immersive technology, Alasdair, Noam and Elliot explore the stories of places that remain locked behind barbed wire and minefields.

November’s issue of Geographical out now

This month’s issue of Geographical explores the divisive legacy of Captain James Cook.

"Everything happens somewhere" will be brought to life in this illustrated conversation demonstrating the power of geography to save and transform lives, working through such charities as MapAction and Addressing the Unaddressed.

Africa’s forgotten frontiers: the Sahel

Before his UK tour of our regional theatre venues gets underway, we caught up with filmmaker and author Reza Pakravan to discuss his love of travel, his visit to the Sahel and the issue of desertification.

Apply now for our Geography Teacher Training Scholarships

Applications for our Geography Teacher Training Scholarships for those planning to start their teacher training course in September 2020 are now open.

International broadcaster Zeinab Badawi and Nick Westcott of the Royal African Society explore how we need to look in unexpected places to discover Africa's contemporary reality.

Peter Smith Memorial Award

From 2020, the Peter Smith Award of £1,000 will be awarded biannually as part of our Geographical Fieldwork Grants.

Doctoral students uncover migrant experiences

We caught up with Alikhan Mohideen and Selina Chipo Pasirayi to discuss their research as part of the Migrants on the margins project.

Our panel examines alternative visions of urban futures, covering planning, sustainability, governance and new technology, they give a sense of how everyday city life is being reimagined by geographers.

RGS-IBG and Financial Times Schools Essay Competition winners revealed

The Society and the Financial Times are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended students of their joint Schools Essay Competition that asked students to discuss whether it is better for the world to be wealthier or more equal.

The Nekton team reveal the discoveries from ‘First Descent: Seychelles’ in their bid to help conserve 30% of the Seychelles' vast ocean territory.

Call for papers for the Postgraduate Forum Midterm Conference 2020

The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum’s 2020 Midterm Conference takes place between 30 April – 1 May and the call for papers is now open.

New journal editors appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of five new Editors for two of the Society’s academic journals and the RGS-IBG book series, alongside the appointment of a new Managing Editor for the Society’s academic publications.

What to expect at Explore

Each November the Society hosts Explore, a weekend for anyone aspiring to undertake original geographical field research, plan a conservation project or travel with a purpose.

International day for disaster reduction

Geography and geographers play an integral role in ensuring that communities reduce the risk of their exposure to natural disasters, from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to flooding and drought.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status last month.

Ada Lovelace Day 2019: Celebrating women in STEM careers

It’s Ada Lovelace Day and we’re sharing some profiles of women working across a wide range of roles – all of whom studied geography at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Adam Weymouth tells the story of canoeing 2,000 miles down the Yukon River, investigating how the king salmon's decline is impacting on the many communities and ecosystems that depend on it for survival.

Migrants on the margins resources win award

We are delighted that our Migrants on the margins resources have been awarded the 4-star award, in the Curriculum Impact category, of the Teach Secondary 2019 Awards.

New PhD student begins project on Halley Bay

We are delighted to welcome our newest Collaborative Doctoral Award student, Alice Oates, who has started her PhD project exploring the governance of Antarctica.

Society puzzle book available now

The Royal Geographical Society Puzzle Book is now available to buy from all good bookshops.

The ubiquitous use of mobile devices means that citizens can gather information like never before. But can what they contribute be geographically valuable? 

Hanifa and Marina share Hanifa's journey to become the first Afghan woman to summit Mt Noshaq (24,580').

October’s issue of Geographical out now

This month’s issue of Geographical features a deep dive into ocean ‘jellification’.

Schools app now available

We are pleased to announce that our new app for schools is now available to download on iOS and Android devices.

The Brazilian Villas Boas brothers, RGS gold-medallists for remarkable explorations, used their fame to champion indigenous peoples, change attitudes to them, and protect their rainforests.