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

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

EGR Taylor supper

Stay for supper at the Society after Professor Simon Schaffer's lecture.

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.

Summer drinks reception

Summer drinks reception with open garden visit at Hutton in the Forest.
 

Wilderness Festival

Join us for a day of talks, debates, and conversations exploring how and why we see planet Earth the way we do.

A walk through contrasting landscapes - Professor Kathryn Monk

A short walk from the marshy remnant of the Somerset Levels, up to Repton's 18th century landscaped Blaise Castle Estate, and its secret garden.

Mountain treasures from the RGS-IBG and Mountain Heritage archives - Eugene Rae

Archivist Eugene Rae will select some unique artefacts from the Society's Collections and will be joined by one of the Mountain Heritage Trust curators.

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?
 

Mining heritage project: Tamar Valley – John Page

Another opportunity to visit the sites which are the subject of the Mining Heritage Project, started in 2007.
 

Summer garden party

Annual garden party organised by the Younger Members' Committee.

Springwatch unwrapped – 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.

For the love of sharks – Steve Backshall and special guests

Steve Backshall and other special guests of the Shark Trust will share stories of discovery and connection and their love for this fascinating family of marine animals.

Dawn scything – demonstration event

Bring your scyth and join experienced mowers to help cut the wildflower meadow.

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

Climate change challenges: lessons from Bangladesh

Join our panel during London Climate Action Week as they share their insights into how Bangladesh is now on the path to becoming climate resilient, the lessons that can be learned from this and where things are headed. Image credit: Tasfiq Mahmood

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

The Society will collaborate with 19 neighbours across the Albertopolis, including some of the world’s most iconic museums and institutions, to create a unique festival fusing art, science, technology and curiosity. 

Mousehold Heath Earth Heritage Trail – Tim Holt-Wilson

Explore the fascinating geodiversity of this county wildlife site, the processes which have shaped it over time and its history of mineral extraction.

New insights to the British ice sheet – Professor Rich Chiverrell

This talk examines the pace of retreat of the whole ice sheet, focusing on past environments in northwest England in order to provide an understanding of ice sheet dynamics up to 28,000 years ago.
 

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?
 

Teignmouth: not just another tourist resort – Pat Wilson

An opportunity to follow another RGS-IBG Discovering Britain walk with its writer.

An encounter with nature at Hengistbury Head - Brian Heppenstall

In this guided walk you will learn about habitat and wildlife conservation and appreciate the contact with European protected species. 

Lessons from a dark winter in the High Arctic - Alex Hibbert

Alex Hibbert is a world record holding polar traveller who has skied further on an unsupported Arctic journey than anyone in history. 

Castles in the air: guided walk – Terry Fones

Terry Fones leads this 7.5 mile Discovering Britain walk around Alport Dale in the Dark Peak. See the tottering towers and eroded rock faces of Alport Castles, the largest landslip in Britain. 

Off site safety management - training the trainers

A one-day course for trainers with relevant previous experience in managing a wide range of visits in the UK and overseas who wish to deliver the Off-site safety management course to their own groups.
 

How river catchments respond to rainfall – Dr James Cooper

Dr James Cooper provides an overview of how we monitor and predict catchment response, and analyses why catchments respond in different ways to storm events.

On horseback round the Lake District - Clare Dyson

A long-held dream, a brave pony, a loyal dog, rolling fells, crystal clear rivers, lush woodlands, wild camping, lovely people, high mountain tops and rocky mountain passes... all in the UK Lake District.

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.

 

Trash talk: what a load of rubbish!

Themed presentation and networking evening taking a positive look at waste and recycling – what opportunities could reducing waste generate?
 

Antarctica and climate change – Professor Michael Hambrey

Professor Mike Hambrey will explore the evidence of climate change in Antarctica since its great ice sheet developed, drawing on geological evidence and ice core data.

Responsible travel

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the various approaches you can take and answer the question: what does it mean to travel well?

Veolia energy recovery facility - field visit

A walking tour of Veolia’s state-of-the-art recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF).

Soil erosion discussion day

This event will be a great opportunity to bring custodians of the land and researchers of soil together from across the South West to discuss soil erosion and soil damage.

Members' and supporters' evening

An evening of 10 minute presentations, comprising a maximum of 12 images, on various specialist subjects or places visited, near and far!
 

On View: Space at the Society

The Universe, as documented through the Society’s Collections, ranging from early depictions of the moon and stars in 16th century Cosmographia to images documenting NASA’s Apollo missions of the 1970s, and beyond.

The Real Heroes of Telemark - Martin Pailthorpe

The logistics behind filming the true story of Hitler’s atomic bomb programme, featuring interviews with survivors and re-enactment of key moments. How did the extraordinary truth differ from the Hollywood blockbuster account?

A tale of two woods - Martin Haslett

Martin leads a three-mile walk between two very different community woods, which both encourage wildlife and community cooperation. 


 

International migration: busting myths - Dr Francisco Rowe

Globally, 258 million people lived outside their country of birth in 2017. This talk discusses patterns of international migration and offers empirical evidence to bust common misconceptions about the impact of immigration on host countries.

Chartered Geographer networking evening

An opportunity to network with other professionals from across the full breadth of geographical employers from environmental consultancies, geospatial companies and insurance specialists, to higher education and central and local government.
 

Defining Europe: Eurovision in the era of Brexit

Beyond raising questions about identity, statehood, and national boundaries, can Eurovision offer us a new understanding of what it means to be ‘in Europe’?

From broken back to walking a desert - Janey McGill

Join us for this regional annual dinner and reception, and hear speaker Janey McGill talk about her 800km trek through Oman’s Empty Quarter.

 

John Ruskin, Japan and the craft tradition – Urasenke Foundation

A celebration of the arts and crafts traditions of Japan and Great Britain, inspired by the legacy of John Ruskin.

Expedition medicine training

A two-day course for those departing on expeditions to remote parts of the world where medical help is not readily available.
 

Asylum seeking, research and hope - Dr Paul Hodge

Dr. Paul Hodge will give this guest lecture followed by a Q&A discussion. Joint event with the Department of Natural and Built Environment, Sheffield Hallam University.

When the sea level rises: the UK villages lost to the sea – Dr Claire Earlie

Join Dr Claire Earlie, lecturer in coastal processes at Cardiff University, as she speaks about the UK villages lost to the sea.

To Eritrea and Ethiopia: retracing a Victorian expedition – John Pilkington

John will discuss how, in 1868, Queen Victoria’s government mounted a bid to rescue a small clutch of hostages in the Abyssinian highlands.

 

Be Inspired: Transcribing the Atkinson diaries - Nick Fielding

Thomas Atkinson’s five volumes of diaries, now held in the RGS Library, offer a tantalizing glimpse into the remarkable travelling arrangements of Thomas and his family.

An evening with Alan Hinkes OBE

Alan Hinkes is the first and only Briton to climb all 14 of the world's highest mountains.

Conserving Antarctica’s historic huts – Geoff Cooper

Join Geoff Cooper for an illustrated talk about the important conservation work on buildings used during early exploration of the Ross Sea and Antarctic peninsula.

Unlocking sustainable cities - Professor Paul Chatterton

Paul Chatterton will outline his new book Unlocking Sustainable Cities, and argue that this is a manifesto for real urban change.

Radar monitoring of coastal change: revealing new behaviours – Professor Andy Plater

Andy explores the use of marine radar and associated technologies for mapping shorelines and capturing data on coastal hydrodynamics, and how this can be used for planning for achieving coastal resilience.

Dawn chorus walk

Guided walk through Brantwood estate to listen and identify woodland and garden birds.

Pluto’s ‘desert’: ice dunes on a glacier on an airless world – Dr Matt Telfer

NASA images of Pluto showed apparent dune formations, which weren’t believed possible. A team, led by geographers, solved this puzzle.

Dealing with disease: evaluating global and local responses – Gill Miller

In this talk, Gill explores the challenges facing global and local stakeholders in dealing with disease in the developing world.

Heart of Brazil – Sue Cunningham

Sue will discuss the lives of 48 indigenous tribal communities who live along the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon in this beautiful area of Brazil.