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.
 

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.

A walk through contrasting landscapes - Professor Kathryn Monk

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

New insights to the British ice sheet – Professor Rich Chiverrell

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

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. 

Flooding today and tomorrow - Ceri Davies

Ceri Davies, from Natural Resources Wales, will speak on the topic of flooding. Joint event with Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

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.

 

Antarctica and climate change - Professor Michael Hambrey

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

Responsible travel

A panel of experts discuss how we can reduce the impact of travel on the planet.
 

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 Row

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.

In pursuit of the world's wildest places – Mike O'Shea

Join us for this regional Annual Dinner and reception. Our speaker will be Mike O'Shea, who will talk about his bid to become the first person in history to make it to all six of the world's most inaccessible places.

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.
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Be Inspired: Geopolitical enclaves of Western Europe and issues of European identity

Vitali Vitaliev takes us on fascinating journey through Europe’s forgotten enclaves. 

Climate change: science and politics – David Warrilow OBE

Any science with societal relevance soon finds it must engage with a different world, where opinion and conviction may count for more than evidence. How do scientists bring objectivity to debate?

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.

Map, chart, slide and artefacts evening

A chance to hear members' own stories, talking for 10 minutes about their travels, treasures and experiences.

Mountains - Richard Matthews

Hear about Richard's trek along the Slovenia Mountain Trail, as he speaks about how this 600km trail is more than just scenery, but also a place of understanding.
 

Building and deploying DIY web-connected field sensors and loggers for field research and teaching

Are you doing an expedition, dissertation research or GCSE/A level field teaching? You'll need to measure stuff!  Come and learn how to design and use low cost sensors (using the freestation.org approach).

Divided: why we're living in an age of walls - Tim Marshall

Best-selling author of Prisoners Of Geography, Tim Marshall delves into our past and our present to reveal the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come.

The making of the British landscape: an illustrated talk - Nicholas Crane

Nicholas Crane, RGS-IBG Immediate Past President will give the 55th Annual Tyneside Geographical Society Lecture.

Who governs Britain? Lessons from the nuclear industry – Dr Stephen Haraldsen

As nationalisation versus privatisation arguments re-emerge, Stephen will explore the rescaling of nuclear industry governance to draw wider lessons for contemporary Britain.

Tenochtitlan: the capital of the Aztecs - Dr Elizabeth Baquedano

A visitor to downtown Mexico City might not realise that this was once a lake where, in 1325, the wandering Aztecs found their promised land. Systematic excavations of this site have been ongoing since 1978.

British Standard 8848 workshop

British Standard BS 8848 specifies operational requirements for providers of overseas ventures. The workshop will assist those using the standard to benchmark exising safety management systems within their own organisations.

 

Divided: why we're living in an age of walls - Tim Marshall

Best-selling author of Prisoners Of Geography, Tim Marshall delves into our past and our present to reveal the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come.

Be Inspired: William Speirs Bruce – forgotten polar hero

John Dudeney and Isobel Williams examine Bruce’s legacy from his Scotia Antarctic expedition of 1902 to his later expeditions in the Arctic.

The wake of the whale - Professor Russell Fielding

Russell will describe the cultural traditions in Faroese and Vincentian whaling and how they impact on current sustainability practices.

Geographical smörgåsbord

A buffet-style showcase of some of the most exciting and original new work examining environmental issues.

A night of geopolitics - Professor Danny Dorling and Professor Klaus Dodds

Danny will be talking about inequality and what Brexit teaches us about the British, while Klaus will be asking "who owns the Arctic?"

International organisations: creators of our world - Dr Kirsten Haack

Kirsten will define international organisations and their various functions before considering how the UN has shaped our understanding of development and poverty, and how this has impacted on development policy.

Have camera, will travel - Sarah Canton

Join Sarah on her travels from South India to The Hebrides, a photographic journey spanning two decades of adventure.

Hidden histories of women and exploration - Dr Sarah Evans

Dr Sarah Evans will speak about women’s participation in RGS-supported expeditions between 1913 and 1970.

Geographical journeys: microlectures

An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire, hosted by Mary-Ann Ochota. 

Sail Britain: learning on the seas, connecting with the ocean - Oliver Beardon

See the blue planet from an entirely new perspective: where scientists, sailors, artists and researchers meet on the seas of the UK's coastline.

The forgotten forests of Latin America - Professor Toby Pennington

Toby will describe the beautiful tropical dry forests and woody savannas of Latin America, the threats they face and what we can do to ensure they have a safe future.

Cape Town to Norfolk in a 1959 Riley - Robert Chalmers

Robert recounts key aspects of travelling overland through sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, Iran and back to the UK.

Neanderthal landscapes of the channel river valley - Rebecca Scott

Rebecca Scott, from the British Museum, discusses the Neanderthal landscapes of the channel river valley.

Be Inspired: The expeditions and legacy of Sir Frederick Lugard

Rory O'Grady tells the extraordinary story of Sir Frederick Lugard, the soldier, anti-slavery activist, adventurer and explorer who became the first Governor-General of Nigeria and a Governor of Hong Kong.

Divided: why we're living in an age of walls - Tim Marshall

Best-selling author of Prisoners Of Geography, Tim Marshall delves into our past and our present to reveal the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come.

Impacts of 1.5ºC of warming on coastal and marine system - Dr Sally Brown

One of the lead authors of the IPCC October 2018 report chapter on ‘Impacts on Natural and Human Systems’, Sally will speak on the impacts of 1.5°C of warming on coastal and marine areas, particularly in the South of England.

Less is more: community conservation in the rainforest - Matthew Owen

With the majority of tropical deforestation taking place in small plots, rainforest protection depends on local communities. Cool Earth has pioneered a light touch model that puts local people in control.
 

Divided: why we're living in an age of walls - Tim Marshall

Best-selling author of Prisoners Of Geography, Tim Marshall delves into our past and our present to reveal the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come.

The rise (and fall) of studentification - Professor Tony Champion

This talk considers the colonisation of residential neighbourhoods by university students and some recent changes in student and developer behaviours which may help to curb the further expansion of studentified residential areas.

Fur seals, whales, candles and soap - Brian Anderson

Stunning images show what a difference the last 50 years of international protection has had on species in the South Atlantic.

Focus on travel photography

Join our panel of experts as they share some of their favourite shots and explain how to get the best results from your camera.

 

Geography and technology: field reconnaissance from your desktop - Dr Leanne Wake

An interactive demonstration of open source software to search remotely sensed imagery for suitable field sites to reduce time and expense in the field.

 

Divided: why we're living in an age of walls - Tim Marshall

Best-selling author of Prisoners Of Geography, Tim Marshall delves into our past and our present to reveal the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come.

Be Inspired: Crusoe's Island

Marking the 300th anniversary of Defoe's classic, Alexander Maitland sketches the life and adventures of the original Robinson Crusoe.

James Aldred and Jonathan Drori in conversation

Join us for an in-tree-guing evening as James and Jonathan share their passion and enthusiasm for all things trees.

Are we wearing out the planet?

Join us to discuss the societal impacts and environmental damage caused by our fashion choices.

Mountains of the moon

Experience the spectacular landscapes and endemic flora and fauna of the Rwenzori Mountains as captured by travel photographer Steve Russell.

Enduring Eye: the Antarctic legacy of Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

Honouring the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917, newly digitised images reveal previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival both before and after their ship was destroyed.