Geographical journeys: microlectures

An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire.

The Lower Mekong: water, Watts and war - Jim Holmes

Jim has spent 30 years documenting humanitarian work worldwide with a focus on the individuals and communities affected. His lecture follows one of the world’s mightiest rivers as it flows through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and out to sea.

The two Sudans - Christopher Peskett

Chris will describe the important work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in both Sudan and South Sudan and the link between landscape, climate, tribal politics, religion and health.

Dealing with disease: evaluating responses in the developing world - Dr Gill Miller

This talk explores the challenges facing global and local stakeholders in dealing with disease in the developing world. 

The secrets of Vulcan: the hidden world of underwater volcanoes - Chris Macleod

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes—all you need to know! More details to be announced here nearer the event. 

Our Planet children's lecture

Join us for the Society’s annual Children’s lecture!

Tall oaks from little acorns grow… - Dr Andrew Hacket-Pain

This talk focuses on recent work on the dynamics of “masting”. This is a fascinating reproductive strategy found in many perennial plants, in which plants switch between years of bumper and lean seed crops, rather than producing seeds and fruits regularly every year.

70 years of National Parks in Britain - John King

The lecture will investigate some of the UK's 15 National Parks, concentrating on the geological background and processes which moulded the landscapes along with the role tourism plays.

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

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 hardest: the Sahel.

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

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 hardest: the Sahel. 

One day as a tiger - John Porter

John Porter discusses his revelatory and poignant award-winning memoir of his friend and mountaineer Alex MacIntyre.

Rivers - Chaz Powell

Chaz discusses the beginning of his wildest journey and the mission to walk Africa's rivers in the battle against wildlife crime.

Photo credit: Charles Powell

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

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 hardest: the Sahel. 

Ponds and carbon: is small beautiful or dangerous? Dr Mike Jeffries

This talk will explore the possibilities and perils of how ponds fit in the carbon cycle.

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

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 hardest: the Sahel.

On the road with 'the Watches' - Gillian Burke

Gillian takes us behind-the-scenes on one of the nation's favourite wildlife shows, to discover Britain's natural spectacles, hidden gems, and surprising oases of hope.

On the road with 'the Watches' - Gillian Burke

Gillian takes us behind-the-scenes on one of the nation's favourite wildlife shows, to discover Britain's natural spectacles, hidden gems, and surprising oases of hope. 

The historical background to Boko Haram - John Hare OBE

John's talk will place the current conflict in northern Nigeria in its historical context.  

The Start Bay problem - Dr Richard Porter

A case study of coastal erosion and deposition and its impact on the human environment in and around Start Bay.

Guerilla geographies - Daniel Raven-Ellison

Giving examples of radical, alternative and creative public geographies, Daniel will explain what guerrilla geography is, why it's important and how it's at the heart of the movement he started to make London the world's first National Park City.
 

Building a volcano - Jon Blundy

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences' series on Volcanoes—all you need to know! More details to be announced here nearer the event. 

Pre-Explore evening lecture

The pre-Explore lecture is held annually in memory of Peter Smith, a long-standing supporter and former trustee of the Society.

The moral geography of the Arctic - Dr Anthony Speca

This talk will uncover the moral dimensions of the Arctic and challenge us to think afresh about this fascinating part of the world.

Carbon doesn’t cause climate change, you do - Dr Josh Dean

From the Arctic to the tropics, this lecture will cover research frontiers in carbon cycling and climate change in the natural environment.

The future of the Mendip Hills AONB - Jim Hardcastle

The talk will be an insight into the good, the bad and the alarming future of this very special protected landscape. 

MapAction: geographic support for humanitarian decision making - Roy Wood

This talk describes how MapAction deploys rapid response geographic support to natural disasters and other humanitarian situations.

50,000 years of land use change and human impact in South East Asia - Professor Chris Hunt

Most people think that tropical forests were virtually unaffected by human activity until recent times, but they were actually the first humanly impacted environments on Earth.

Galapagos Day: threats to endangered birds and reptiles

Join Galapagos Conservation Trust for an evening exploring the threats affecting some of the Galapagos Islands’ most endangered and iconic birds and reptiles. Hosted by renowned wildlife expert Mark Carwardine.

 

Mandalas and Sacred Geography in Tibet - Ian Baker

An exploration into the close relationship between the land of Tibet and the sacred realms of Buddhist mandalas. Searching for an environmental paradise where geography, imagination and spirituality are intertwined.

Geographic information and sustainability - Professor Andy Tatem

With basic geographic data lacking in many low income countries, Andy explores how cell phone and satellite technologies offer new ways to help achieve and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals.

Geographic information and sustainability - Professor Andy Tatem

With basic geographic data lacking in many low income countries, Andy explores how cell phone and satellite technologies offer new ways to help achieve and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals.

Travels in Africa and Asia - Eric Woods

Eric’s illustrated talk will draw on his considerable experience of travel for work and pleasure in some of the most intriguing and interesting countries.
 

Mapping escapes during World War II - Barbara Bond

Barbara investigates MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme, including how maps were smuggled to prisoners and how they helped orchestrate some of the most famous escapes in history.
 

The Sargasso Sea: a suitable case for conservation? - Professor Howard Roe

The ecology and threats faced by the Sargasso Sea are discussed in this talk, together with ongoing conservation efforts.

Digital geographies - Professor Mark Graham

Far from being a space de-tethered from the material world, the Internet has a real-world geography. Mark explores why digital geographies matter, and how we can build more equitable digital futures.

Mapping escapes during World War II - Barbara Bond

Barbara investigates MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme, including how maps were smuggled to prisoners and how they helped orchestrate some of the most famous escapes in history.

Evolution and mass extinction - Professor Mike Bowman

Mike will discuss the history of life, exploring fossils and what they can tell us about geological time and ancient environments.

Darkness on the edge of town: the story of Liverpool’s Albert Dock - John Flamson OBE

It is 35 years since the first phase of the refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed Albert Dock complex was completed and this once private, derelict dockland was opened to the public.

Slovenia: a connection with the outdoors - Richard Matthews

Hear about Richard's trek along the Slovenia Mountain Trail. A 600km trail capturing more than just mountains and scenery, but a place of understanding.

Slovenia: a connection with the outdoors - Richard Matthews

Hear about Richard's trek along the Slovenia Mountain Trail. A 600km trail capturing more than just mountains and scenery, but a place of understanding.
 

Inseparable Ireland? Peter Villiers

Why is the Irish border still a major issue for us all, British and Irish alike? 

Marine-ice-sheet instability and the future of the Antarctic ice sheet - Professor Hilmar Gudmundsson

Professor Hilmar Gudmundsson will review the marine-ice-sheet instability hypothesis and discuss the impact of ice shelves. 

Slovenia: a connection with the outdoors - Richard Matthews

Hear about Richard's trek along the Slovenia Mountain Trail. A 600km trail capturing more than just mountains and scenery, but a place of understanding.

 

In search of the grey ghost: a Himalayan adventure - Mike Edgecombe

Mike will give an account of his quest to see one of these beautiful creatures deep within the high mountains of northern India.

Isaac Newton and The Haven-Finding Art - Professor Simon Schaffer

Join us for the annual E.G.R. Taylor lecture by Professor Simon Schaffer. 

Power geometries and prioritizing place in climate change migration - Dr Helen Adams

Emotional bonds to place are an important explanation of why people remain in situ under negative climate change impacts. 

How we damage nature and what we might do about it - Professor Andrew Church

This lecture will consider what we all might do to limit the damaging impacts of human society on nature. 

Campi Flegrei: Italy’s restless giant - Wim Degruyter

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences' series on Volcanoes—all you need to know! More details to be announced here nearer the event. 
 

The Flipflopi expedition and the plastic revolution - Ben Morrison

A talk about a boat, brightly coloured and made entirely out of plastic, collected from Kenyan beaches, taking the message of a plastic revolution from Africa to the rest of the world.
 

Palm oil: the controversy and the complexity - Katie Major

The world's most widely used vegetable oil has profound environmental and social impacts. It has provoked heated debate and emotive campaigns. We will explore the complexities of the industry, along with some possible solutions.
 

Jan Baalsrud: we die alone - Ivar Hellberg OBE

The extraordinary survival story of Jan Baalsrud who fought for the Norwegian Resistance during WW2. He was wounded then buried alive in the snow and survived.

Super-volcano eruptions and the future volcanic threat - Professor Bill McGuire

The 1815 Tambora eruption was the largest of modern times, but pales into insignificance in comparison with the biggest of all volcanic blasts. These so-called super-eruptions have the potential to have a catastrophic impact on our civilisation. 

Plate tectonics update - Pat Wilson

Global hazards can be explained by understanding the recent movements of tectonic plates in places such as New Zealand and Hawaii.

Citizen input into geography - Judit Varga

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

Belfast Harbour Estate: past, present and future - Graeme Johnston

Graeme is the Property and Place Director of the Belfast Harbour Estate, and his talk will cover many different aspects of its day-to-day operations.

The geopolitics of the energy transition - Professor Mike Bradshaw

Join Michael Bradshaw and a panel of experts as they discuss current and possible future trends in energy consumption and the issues associated with the UK’s low-carbon energy transition.

Eye in the sky - Matthew Blackett

From the safety of space, the most dangerous natural events in the world can be monitored using satellites which orbit the Earth. Come and hear from Matthew Blackett as he discusses how such monitoring can prevent major disasters and help save lives.

Enormous eruptions - Steve Sparks

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences' series on Volcanoes—all you need to know! More details to be announced here nearer the event. 

Voices for the Wild: A celebration of nature’s value to the human spirit

An evening in aid of the Wilderness Foundation UK, sharing the power of nature through stories of adventure and the wild, and transformation through wilderness, from well-known explorers, young people, and nature lovers.

An East African 'Little and Large' - Lance Gregory and Steve Oliver

Two talks, one on trawling for copepods on Lake Tanganyika and the other on teaching adventure on the shores of Lake Victoria. Optional supper. 

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

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 hardest: the Sahel. 
 

Annual International Conference 2019

The perfect opportunity to find out about the latest geographical research while networking with over 1,800 delegates from around the world.