Geographical journeys: microlectures

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

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.

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.

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.

From city to sea: microplastics in UK rivers - Professor Jamie Woodward

Research on microplastics has largely focused on the oceans, but what is the contribution from our rivers? 

Monday night supper - 9 December 2019

Stay for supper at the Society after Professor Jamie Woodward's lecture, 'From city to sea: microplastics in UK rivers', and meet other members and their guests.

Our Planet children's lecture

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

On View: an introduction to the Eric Newby Collection

This display reflects the extraordinary kaleidoscope of Newby’s life and times: seaman, soldier (prisoner of war), fashion buyer, travel writer, photographer and first travel editor of a national newspaper.

EVC update workshop- December

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

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.

'How your mind can heal your body'

YouCanFreeUs is honoured to present Dr. David Hamilton, speaking about 'How your mind can heal your body', as part of 'Talks For Freedom'.

Christmas quiz

Come one and all to test your general and geographical knowledge at a festive quiz!

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 Crossing: a photographic meditation on the Atlantic Ocean - Marissa Roth

© Marissa Roth. 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. 

Monday night supper - 2 December 2019

Stay for supper at the Society after Marissa Roth's lecture, 'The Crossing: a photographic meditation on the Atlantic Ocean', and meet other members and their guests.

A Level Study Day

Our study day gives A Level students the opportunity to improve their subject knowledge, receive useful examination technique guidance and learn more about 'thinking like a geographer'.

Evaluating like a geographer

A session focused on the evaluative demands posed by geography assessment objectives, and strategies for developing students' evaluative capabilities. Please note that this event is for teachers.

Geographical lates: COP25 climate talks

Get face-to-face with experts through our talks, debates, panel discussions and roundtables, and embrace some Chilean culture.

Monks, Hermits and the Natural World: 300 – 650AD - Robin Lane Fox

This lecture explores the relations of early Christian holy men and hermits, often linked to monasteries including St Catherine’s of Sinai, with the natural world of animals, birds, landscapes and plants.

Fourth annual geography teaching forum

This forum will provide a timely opportunity for those involved in geography teaching and development to come together to discuss the latest challenges facing the sector and the opportunities available to support the learning and development of young people interested in geography.

The Better Timber Buildings conference

The Better Timber Buildings conference empowers architects, engineers, suppliers and clients to design and build better timber buildings.

ArcGIS Online for KS3

This workshop for teachers, led by Esri UK's education team, will focus on how to use ArcGIS Online with Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils.

Space and the Society

To celebrate the support that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given to enable our work, we are pleased to invite you to a celebratory afternoon.

Digital geographies - Professor Mark Graham

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

School Member Lecture: Gentrification: London and beyond - Professor Loretta Lees

Loretta's research focuses on the challenges of gentrification, including the displacement of people as a result of council estate renewal and the impact that gentrification can have on people. Is regeneration urban renewal or social cleansing?

A Traveller’s Life: Eric Newby

A first opportunity to see original archive material, photographs and artefacts from the Society’s newly accessioned Eric Newby Collection.

GIS Day in partnership with Esri UK

Join us for GIS Day 2019, in partnership with Esri UK. School groups will be shown how they can use ArcGIS in the classroom. 

Secondary Geography Teachmeet

An informal opportunity for geography teachers to share experiences and resources, and hear exciting and usable ideas from colleagues from a variety of schools.

Mammoth Endeavours

Four tales of travel, adventure and discovery hosted by Ranulph Fiennes

GIS Day in partnership with Esri UK

Join us for GIS Day 2019, in partnership with Esri UK. School groups will be shown how they can use ArcGIS in the classroom. 

The discovery of Antarctica and Antarctica today - David Vaughan, Jane Rumble and Camilla Nichol

Marking 200 years since the discovery of land in Antarctica four speakers will consider Antarctica’s history and its unique status as a continent reserved for peace and science.

Monday night supper - 18 November 2019

Stay for supper at the Society after Professor David Vaughan's, Jane Rumble's and Camilla Nichol's lecture, 'The discovery of Antarctica and Antarctica today', and meet other members and their guests.

The Source 2: inspiration, creativity and the big idea

A variety of speakers will share their approaches to creativity, offering a rare insight into how they nurture and culture imagination, how they recognise a potentially successful idea and convert it into reality.

Financial Times for schools: workshop for teachers

Workshop in partnership with the Financial Times. This workshop will include ideas for using data-rich FT content available through the Free FT for schools scheme. There will also be an opportunity for teachers to consider, discuss and share how different content might be used in the geography classroom.

Birdwood lecture: an evening with Cressida Dick

Fundraiser for Royal Humane Society, an evening with Cressida Dick - lecture with Q&A.

Chartered Geographer networking evening

Chartered Geographer networking evening followed by our Monday night lecture, Portraits of No Man’s Land.

Portraits of No Man’s Land - Dr Alasdair Pinkerton, Dr Noam Leshem and Elliot Graves

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.

Explore 2019: the expedition and fieldwork seminar

Explore is the starting point for many innovative field research projects and expeditions. Over 100 contributors will give lectures, run workshops and showcase exhibits, providing inspiration, contacts and practical advice.

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.

Everest on film

Join us for an evening which celebrates the films and film-makers who brought us the first dramatic moving images of Mount Everest.

A journey through Ethiopia

Hear our experts discuss the country’s history, culture and landscapes. 

Afghanaid’s 35 year journey: in search of peace and prosperity

For 35 years Afghanaid has been working for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Geography in action: the charities using geography to change lives on the ground

"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. 

Be Inspired: The Royal Geographical Society explorer’s watches

From the Arctic to the Antarctic via the Sahara and the Central Lakes of Africa, these watches were used by almost all the well-known explorers of the period including Joseph Thomson, Ernest Shackleton and Col. P Fawcett.

An Evening of Adventure with Will Millard, Benedict Allen & Ruby Wax

Joining us for our 4th annual ‘Evening of Adventure’ are jungle explorer and presenter Will Millard, adventurer Benedict Allen and actress and comedian Ruby Wax.

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.

African realities - Zeinab Badawi and Dr Nick Wescott

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.

Be Inspired: Africa at the crossroads: from Maputo to Mogadishu

Our speakers consider how reframing and re-contextualising post-colonial histories through photography and archival activation may promote remembering, dialogue and reconciliation in East Africa.

The city of tomorrow

Join our panel to examine and discuss alternative visions of urban futures. 

TIBET: Sacred landscapes

Meander through images of this sacred landscape to arrive at the heart of the exhibition where Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery create a Sand Mandala throughout the week. Exhibition curated by Tashi Lhunpo Monks, David Spicer, Sarah Sturdy, Georgina Cranston and Kelkhang Rinpoche. 

The Flora of the Sultanate of Oman

Oman Botanic Garden scientists describe their fieldwork to explore the country's diverse habitats to complete the flora of the Sultanate of Oman, using pioneering horticultural methods to establish the new Garden. Chaired by Nigel Winser.

KCWC Meetings at RGS-IBG

KCWC is a leading international Women's Club. Further meetings take place on 3 October and 6 November.