Behind the line: two weeks in North Korea - Sir Michael Palin

[Online] Hear how Sir Michael and his team overcame the difficulties to make a documentary series in one of the least visited countries in the world.

Communities, conservation and sustainable travel in Africa - Sue Watt

[Online] 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.

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

[Online] 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. 

 

The argument for a wilder and more resilient planet - Kristine Tompkins

[Online] Kristine speaks of her personal experience working in Chile and Argentina to restore damaged ecosystems and bring back native species, and the moral imperative we all have to stand up for nature.

Hilltops and Highlands: exploring the Naga Tribal Territories and Holy Lalibela

[Online] RGS-IBG 2019 Award Recipients Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Redzi Bernard discuss their travels in India, Myanmar and Ethiopia.

Dragon’s blood and desert roses: the island of Socotra - Hilary Bradt and Janice Booth

[Online] Socotra, a Yemeni Island off the coasts of Arabia and Africa, is like a fantasy film set with its pink rocks, chubby desert roses and dragon’s blood trees like giant mushrooms. 

Around the world in 80 trains, a 45,000-mile adventure - Monisha Rajesh

[Online] In 2015 Monisha spent seven months circumnavigating the world on the most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. 

Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs - Lord Nigel Crisp

[Online] The NHS can’t deal with many of today’s major health problems such as loneliness, stress, obesity, poverty and addictions alone. It can only react, unable to target the underlying causes of these issues. All over the country people are tackling the causes to these conditions in their homes, workplaces and communities. Nigel challenges us to set aside our normal assumptions, see the world differently and take control of our health.

Rural development paths and development assistance - Professor Nina Laurie & Professor Jonathan Rigg

[Online] Two of our most recent medalists will discuss the progress of development in the Asian countryside and the threats to rural livelihoods in Peru post-Covid-19.

Rebuilding the post-conflict nation through dance - Dr Amanda Rogers

[Online] Culture and heritage are central to the reconstruction of post-conflict societies. This lecture focuses on these dynamics in Cambodia, examining how classical dance has been mobilised to rebuild the Cambodian nation after the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-1979). 

COVID-19 and the geography of disease dynamics - Professor Andy Tatem

[Online] Andy will highlight the importance of geography and integration of these new forms of dynamic spatial data in understanding disease spread, designing elimination strategies and planning for the next pandemic. 


 

Thin ice - Tim Jarvis

[Online] 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.