Conference - Fieldwork and Independent Investigation with ArcGIS Online

The 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.

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.

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.

The journey of the mask - Chris Rainier

Chris Rainier has spent thirty years exploring masks of the world. Chris will explain the meaning behind mask rituals and why humans have worn masks since the dawn of civilization.

Monday night supper- 30 March 2020

Stay for supper at the Society after Chris Rainer's lecture, The journey of the mask, and meet other members and their guests.

Living with Wildlife - Dr Krithi Karanth

Krithi will explore the collapse and recovery of wildlife across India over the last two centuries, and share her insights into the development of conservation interventions in addressing human-wildlife conflicts.

Be Inspired: Bloody ivory: artistic endeavour to endangered species - David Hogg

David demonstrates how the investigation of an ivory casket held at the V&A leads to fundamental questions
on the ivory trade and the future of African and Asian elephants.

Geographical lates: British landscapes

Every landscape has a story to tell, and Britain has many landscapes.

Going places with geography (year 9)

An exciting opportunity for pupils who are considering geography as a GCSE option to find out more about the subject and progression. Our Geography Ambassadors will run a day of informative, interactive and fun sessions at the Society in London.

Getting to net-zero: What can nature do? - Professor Gideon Henderson

The UK’s climate change targets commit the country to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Getting there will mean some big changes to agriculture and land-use. DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser explains how this can be done.

Geographical journeys: microlectures

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

EVC update workshop - March 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.

Leading together: a conference for Heads of Geography

Aimed at both new and established Heads of Geography, this conference provides a range of sessions to support and develop the key skills needed to successfully run a department.

Educational Visits Coordinator Training

A full day workshop that supports Educational Visits Coordinators (EVCs) in their roles by covering the legal and practical procedures required of their position.

What fate for the ice sheets? - Dr Tamsin Edwards

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?

Conference - Fieldwork and Independent Investigation with ArcGIS Online

The 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.

‘The lines, which are so very fine’ - Dr Katy Barrett

‘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.

Monday night supper - 2 March 2020

Stay for supper at the Society after Dr Katy Barrett's lecture, ‘The lines, which are so very fine’, and meet other members and their guests.

Be Inspired: Fighting the evils of the Nile slave trade in Victorian times - David Baker

A story of courage, compassion and endurance. In 1869 the explorer Sir Samuel Baker FRGS was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt, “To supress the slave trade”.

The Polar Ocean Challenge - Sir David Hempleman-Adams

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.

Subject Knowledge Update: Russia, climate and governance

An opportunity for teachers to explore topics such as climate change and global governance to aid with the teaching of Russia across KS3-5.

The future of food

Hungry to know how you can eat more sustainably? Curious about the future of the food on our plates?

Going places with geography (year 9)

An exciting opportunity for pupils who are considering geography as a GCSE option to find out more about the subject and progression. Our Geography Ambassadors will run a day of informative, interactive and fun sessions at the Society in London.

Monday night supper - 17 February 2020

Stay for supper at the Society after A look at Singapore's longer history​, a lecture given by Professor Peter Borschberg, and meet other members and their guests.

A look at Singapore's longer history, c. 1300 - 1950 - Professor Peter Borschberg

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.

On View: through a photographer’s lens

Join Alasdair MacLeod for an introduction to the Society’s photographic collection. 

Stop talking about migration and start discussing inequality - Professor Heaven Crawley

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.

School Member lecture: Natural justice - Professor Lorna Dawson

An opportunity for A Level students to attend one of the Society's prestigious lectures.

Life on the Mosquito Coast - Rozemin Keshvani and Guillaume Bonne

Join photographer Guillaume Bonn and curator Rozemin Keshvani as they discuss Bonn’s photo essay on forgotten colonialism “Mosquito Coast”.

Journey times for policy-making, delivery and evaluation

Join policymakers, researchers and professionals in exploring approaches to calculating journey time, and their implications for policy-making, delivery and evaluation.

Wilding: the return of the British farm - Isabella Tree

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.

Monday night supper - 27 January 2020

Stay for supper at the Society after Isabella Tree's lecture Wilding: the return of the British farm, and meet other members and their guests.

Book club: Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert

Join us at the Society’s inaugural book club. 

Travel writing evening

Hear our panel share their hints and tips on how to capture and record your journeys in writing, as well as their experiences on assignment.

Going places with geography (year 9)

An exciting opportunity for pupils who are considering geography as a GCSE option to find out more about the subject and progression. Our Geography Ambassadors will run a day of informative, interactive and fun sessions at the Society in London.

A planet of three billion- Dr Christopher Tucker

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.

Be Inspired: Between Indigenous mapping and colonial cartography - Joy Slappnig

This talk will introduce different examples of Indigenous maps in the Society’s collection and discuss the role these maps played in the production of geographical knowledge during the time of the British Empire.

Where physical and digital worlds collide - Paul Clarke CBE

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

Monday night supper - 13 January 2020

Stay for supper at the Society after Where physical and digital worlds collide, a lecture given by Paul Clarke CBE, and meet other members and their guests.

Expedition: voyages to undiscovered places - Steve Backshall

Steve recounts astonishing tales from a year of expeditions. From first ascents of Arctic peaks to first descents of Himalayan rivers - he talks of narrow escapes and lessons learned from his extraordinary year.

Lights and shadows: photographs from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1851-1962

From an early daguerreotype of Arctic explorer Joseph René Bellot to a remarkable aerial image of 1960s Abu Dhabi and iconic photographic ‘firsts’ from Antarctica to Zanzibar, this exhibition presents an introduction to the Society’s collection of over 500,000 historic images.