Be Inspired: Always ready for an expedition - Natalie Cox

[Online] From expeditions in Africa, through the debating halls of the Royal Geographical Society, to a study in Trieste, this talk recounts the extraordinary life of explorer Richard Burton whilst embracing the wider history of 19th century science.
 

Geographical journeys: microlectures

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

Desert exploration for the busy professional - Dr Alan Crofts

[Online] 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.

Be Inspired: Genealogy, geography and archives - Chandan Mahal

[Online] This talk recounts how people of Punjabi descent worked with the Society's archive to explore the places associated with their ancestral heritage using maps and photographs alongside their own family archives.

Be Inspired: Woman with the iceberg eyes - Katherine Macinnes

[Online] Oriana F. Wilson CBE was married to Dr Edward Wilson, Captain Scott's best friend. From housewife to CBE and NHM collector, Woman with the Iceberg Eyes traces the fascinating story of an Edwardian lady after whom Oriana Ridge, Antarctica, is named.

Be Inspired: Travellers in the Great Steppe: uncovering a hidden history - Nick Fielding

[Online] In his new history of the exploration of the steppes, Nick Fielding shows that there is a hidden and far more diverse history for this vast region that is commonly known in the West, and that Western travellers and adventurers have been visiting this area since the days of the Mongols.

Searching for giant bananas in the Ethiopian Highlands - Dr James Borrell

[Online] Ethiopia, a historical recipient of targeted food aid, is exceptionally botanically rich. Dr Borrell will discuss recent research efforts to map the diversity and distribution of enset, a giant banana relative providing staple food for 20 million people. 

 

Be Inspired: Unarticulated narratives of women on David Livingstone’s Expeditions - Kate Simpson

[Online] In assessing and engaging with digitised manuscripts, journals, diaries, letters, and notebooks, Kate looks to uncover the muted narratives of women in the record of exploration.

Children's lecture

[Online] Our annual children’s lecture will take place entirely online with a host of experts sharing their stories to enthuse and inform our young audience about our precious and extraordinary planet we call home.

Where the animals go - James Cheshire

[Online] For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. James Cheshire talks through the fascinating stories of animal behaviour, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.

Globalisation and the environment: is anyone listening? - Gill Miller

[Online] Globalisation is most often discussed in the context of the economy, but what is its impact on the environment? Is it inevitably bad news or is there hope for the future?