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.

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

Taking the audience on a breathtaking journey across the continent, filmmaker Reza Pakravan will share stories of the tense frontiers, enduring traditions and ordinary people living where climate change has hit the hardest: the Sahel.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.
 

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole. 

Smart and sustainable cities in the era of big data - Dr Philip James

Spatial big data, generated from in-situ sensors, connected autonomous vehicles, phones and people has the potential to revolutionise the way we understand and make decisions in our cities. 

Marine biodiversity - factoring in resilience to climate change - David Johnson

A decade of identifying significant areas for marine biodiversity and the urgency of factoring in resilience to climate change.

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.

Caring for our common home

This conference looks at why and how we should respond to envionmental change, with reference to science and society as well as the moral dimensions of climate change.

Geographical lates: British landscapes

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

Scrambles amongst the Alps - Andrew Thompson

Why did people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries become fascinated by high mountains which had previously been regarded as desolate wastelands?

Planning, localism and institutional change in the UK since 2010 -Dr Alex Nurse

The talk explores how the governance framework for and of cities has changed in recent years, and what effects this has had on the distribution of power and resources within cities.

Why geographers should join the rebellion - Zion Lights

The 55th Annual Tyneside Geographical Society Lecture will be presented by Zion Lights from Extinction Rebellion. 

The science of climate change communication - Asher Minns

Asher is the Executive Director of the Tyndall Centre at UEA and is a science communicator who specialises in knowledge transfer of climate change research to audiences outside of academia. 

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East skied across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole. 

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East skied across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole. 
 

Geographical journeys: microlectures

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

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East skied across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.
 

Listed buildings in conservation areas - John Moriarty (chair)

Debate on the topic 'This house believes the Planning (listed building and conservation areas) Act 1990 preserves our past but denies our future'.

Microplastics in aquatic ecosystems: how can we mitigate them? Serena Cunsolo

From land to oceans – how do microplastics make their way to the aquatic ecosystems and how can we mitigate them?
 

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East skied across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.

Radical sustainability in cities: thinking outside the box - Dr Richard Armitage and Dr Mike Hardman

This talk will explore some radical solutions to enhancing urban sustainability through the creation of more greenspace and the development of urban agriculture. 

The precious diamondiferous cargo of volcanoes - Wolfgang Maier

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences' series on Volcanoes - all you need to know! 

Rapid deglaciation in west Antarctica: drivers and impacts - Professor James Scourse

A talk illustrated by stunning photographs and video footage of the ongoing ICEBERGS project led by Professor James Scourse in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey and UK and Chilean university groups.

Water security in Ethiopia - Dr Katrina Charles

This talk brings together Katrina's research on water security, sanitation and poverty, particularly in developing countries.
 

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”.

Mountain biking the Continental Divide - Davy Patterson

Davy will talk about his experiences on the Tour Divide, a cycle event along the Rockies from Canada to the Mexican border in which no outside assistance is allowed.

The "Life Cycle": a biodiversity bike ride - Dr Kate Rawles

From Colombia to Cape Horn, Kate undertook this epic journey to inspire action on this hugely important but relatively neglected environmental challenge.

Playing War: The popular geopolitics of military-themed videogames - Dr Daniel Bos

 With videogames becoming a hugely popular form of entertainment, this lecture explores why videogames matter to geography and how they can both shape and challenge popular understandings of geopolitics.
 

Conserving wild coffee in Ethiopia’s Montare Forest - Professor Adrian Wood

This talk explores how Huddersfield researchers have helped communities come to manage their forests sustainably and maintain resources unique to Ethiopia. 

Women’s resistance to large scale gold-mining in Latin America - Dr Katy Jenkins

Drawing on qualitative feminist research with women anti-mining activists in Latin America, this presentation explores the concept of ‘development’ through the lens of large-scale resource extraction.

Oil spills: major environmental disaster or local inconvenience? Dr Simon Boxall

An opportunity to hear the accomplished Dr Simon Boxall talking about oil spills in the sea and their consequences.

Furniture of Snowdonia

Explore Snowdonia in this unusual way - by looking at the styles of furniture found within the National Park, which show links to the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Mallory and Irvine - Eugene Rae

Birkenhead and Mobberley born and bred mountaineers on Everest, supported by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Alpine Club, London. Find out things you never knew about the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition and learn more about their journeys through the Society’s Collections.

The future of food

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

In the footsteps of Marco Polo - Andrew Hayden

A rare chance to see an amazing piece of cinematography documenting the famous 1931 expedition, sponsored by Citroen, through central Asia from Beirut to Beijing. Supported by a short archive film about Fiji from 1919. 

On View: through a photographer’s lens

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

'Christmas Island' and 'Motivations for travel' - Matthew Marriott and Chris Chambers

Matthew Marriott and Chris Chambers, in these two talks, find out how Christmas Island is the location of one of the world’s great natural wonders, and explore our urge to travel just about anywhere. 

Connecting climate models to vector borne diseases - Professor Andy Morse

Professor Andy Morse and his team have developed a number of vector and vector borne disease (VBD) models of varying complexity, including those for malaria, Rift Valley fever, dengue, Zika and bluetongue and a mosquito model for Aedes albopictus.

Did the Earth move? Dr Stuart Edwards

This presentation looks at how geospatial scientists and engineers employ modern technologies in an attempt to monitor earth processes with a view to developing effective early warning systems.

Prediction of eruptions - Paul Cole

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences' series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Can humanity meet the challenge of climate change? James Dyke

The Earth's climate has always changed, but humans have, in the context of geological timescales, produced near instantaneous planetary-scale disruption.

Image credit: James Dyke

Running South America with my husband and other animals - Katharine Lowrie

Running marathons day after day, sleeping by the side of the road and presenting to remote schools. Ecologist and Ex-Exonian, Katharine will recount this world-first expedition and the people and wildlife she met along the way. 

The changing Arctic and our extreme weather - Professor Tom Rippeth

In this presentation, Professor Tom Rippeth will look whether and how the increased frequency of UK weather events are linked to the reduction in Arctic Ocean sea ice. 

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.

The four Standedge Tunnels - Trevor Ellis

Trevor is a boat chaperone in the Standedge Canal Tunnel and will consider the history of the canal railway tunnels together with the impact of their construction.

Three sides of the same coin - Gavin Aarvold

Between 1992 and 2009 Gavin worked as an International Election Observer at over thirty elections. He will outline the background to international observation missions and then outline his role in three countries.

Floreana: rebirth of an island in the Galapagos - Dr Mark Collins

Dr Mark Collins will describe the ambitious five-year programme to save Floreana by eradicating invasive species and working alongside the human inhabitants towards sustainable livelihoods.

Book club: Ghost Trees by Bob Gilbert

Join us at the Society’s inaugural book club. 

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Dr Merav Amir

Merav will talk us through one of the most intractable conflicts of our time, looking at what makes its resolution so difficult and how we can think about what the future may hold.

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.

Nature-based approaches to managing flood risk - Professor Colin Brown

Colin will discuss some of the prospects and pitfalls in using nature-based approaches to manage flood risk. 

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.

Why has UK life expectancy stopped improving? Dr Mark Green

Over the last 120 years the UK has witnessed improvements in health. However, since 2015 life expectancy is showing signs of decline. The talk examines potential explanations for these trends.

Volcanoes: fuming vents to extinction events - Tamsin Mather

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences' series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Earth Photo

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the Earth in all its diversity. Developed jointly by Forestry England and the Society. 

The Lower Mekong: water, Watts and war - Jim Holmes

Jim has spent 30 years documenting humanitarian work worldwide with a focus on the individuals and communities affected. His lecture follows one of the world’s mightiest rivers as it flows through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and out to sea.

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.

Earth Photo

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the Earth in all its diversity. Developed jointly by Forestry England and the Society.