AC2020: call for sessions, papers and posters

Our next Annual International Conference will be held at the Society in London from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 September 2020, and the call for sessions, papers and posters is now open.

Geography brings insight to financing net-zero

As part of our recently relaunched 'Environment and Society Forum' series, in early December we are hosting policymakers, professionals and geographers to explore investment solutions to the challenge of decarbonisation.

Geography brings insight to financing net-zero

As part of our recently relaunched 'Environment and Society Forum' series, in early December we are hosting policymakers, professionals and geographers to explore investment solutions to the challenge of decarbonisation.

GIS day 2019

To mark GIS day, we’re sharing the career profiles of geographers from a wide range of sectors who use GIS in their day-to-day role.

Young Geographers of the Year announced

The winners of the 2019 Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award were presented with their awards in a ceremony held at the Society on Tuesday 12 November.

Explore 2019 – weekend highlights

Last weekend, the Society welcomed over 350 enthusiastic and dedicated delegates, speakers and exhibitors to Explore 2019.

November’s issue of Geographical out now

This month’s issue of Geographical explores the divisive legacy of Captain James Cook.

Africa’s forgotten frontiers: the Sahel

Before his UK tour of our regional theatre venues gets underway, we caught up with filmmaker and author Reza Pakravan to discuss his love of travel, his visit to the Sahel and the issue of desertification.

Apply now for our Geography Teacher Training Scholarships

Applications for our Geography Teacher Training Scholarships for those planning to start their teacher training course in September 2020 are now open.

Peter Smith Memorial Award

From 2020, the Peter Smith Award of £1,000 will be awarded biannually as part of our Geographical Fieldwork Grants.

Doctoral students uncover migrant experiences

We caught up with Alikhan Mohideen and Selina Chipo Pasirayi to discuss their research as part of the Migrants on the margins project.

RGS-IBG and Financial Times Schools Essay Competition winners revealed

The Society and the Financial Times are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended students of their joint Schools Essay Competition that asked students to discuss whether it is better for the world to be wealthier or more equal.

Call for papers for the Postgraduate Forum Midterm Conference 2020

The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum’s 2020 Midterm Conference takes place between 30 April – 1 May and the call for papers is now open.

New journal editors appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of five new Editors for two of the Society’s academic journals and the RGS-IBG book series, alongside the appointment of a new Managing Editor for the Society’s academic publications.

What to expect at Explore

Each November the Society hosts Explore, a weekend for anyone aspiring to undertake original geographical field research, plan a conservation project or travel with a purpose.

International day for disaster reduction

Geography and geographers play an integral role in ensuring that communities reduce the risk of their exposure to natural disasters, from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to flooding and drought.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status last month.

Ada Lovelace Day 2019: Celebrating women in STEM careers

It’s Ada Lovelace Day and we’re sharing some profiles of women working across a wide range of roles – all of whom studied geography at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Migrants on the margins resources win award

We are delighted that our Migrants on the margins resources have been awarded the 4-star award, in the Curriculum Impact category, of the Teach Secondary 2019 Awards.

Society puzzle book available now

The Royal Geographical Society Puzzle Book is now available to buy from all good bookshops.

October’s issue of Geographical out now

This month’s issue of Geographical features a deep dive into ocean ‘jellification’.

Schools app now available

We are pleased to announce that our new app for schools is now available to download on iOS and Android devices.

Geography teaches the next generation about climate change

With the topic of climate change in the spotlight, the results of a recent online survey, commissioned by the Society and undertaken by YouGov, have revealed that geography GCSE is the most widely recognised subject to study in order to understand the effects of climate change.

Monday night lectures return

Our popular Monday night lecture series kicks off again next week with a diverse range of topics, mixing far-flung travels with scientific rigour, and exploring some of the most topical issues facing society today. 

Geopolitics and the event

The latest addition to the RGS-IBG book series, Geopolitics and the event: rethinking Britain’s Iraq war through art, is now available to order online.

September’s issue of Geographical magazine out now

This month's Geographical features a dossier on deforestation.

Back to school

After this summer’s successful exam season, the next generation of geographers are currently enrolling on their GCSE and A Level courses.

Geography’s value to data and data skills

The Society has recently responded to two consultations relating to data skills and data use.

Geographers at British Science Festival

The British Science Festival takes place in Coventry and Warwickshire from 10-13 September, and there will be plenty of sessions looking at topical issues through a geographical lens.

Take part in Lords sustainability debate

Every year the House of Lords opens up the chamber and invites people from across the UK to take part in a lively, topical debate. As a partner in this year’s debate, the Society has a limited number of places available for Fellows and members.

AC2019: Friday's research highlights

The final day of our Annual International Conference in London concluded on Friday.

AC2019: Thursday’s research highlights

Research on soil ecology, fertility apps and climate change influencers was presented at our conference yesterday.

AC2019: Wednesday’s research highlights

Yesterday we welcomed close to 2,000 delegates from across the world to the first day of this year's Annual International Conference.

Mobile Malaria project update

The 2018 Land Rover Bursary recipients travelled over 6,300 km across Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya to investigate the challenges facing those on the front line of malaria control in Africa.

New higher education resources

We have launched a new bank of online resources to support those engaged in geographical teaching and learning in higher education.

Congratulations: GCSE results day

Congratulations to everyone receiving their GCSE geography results today.

Championing the value of geographic information

The Society, working with the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), has published a new series of case studies championing and celebrating the critical role of geographical information, technologies and approaches.

Migrants on the margins team to present at AC2019

Members of the Migrants on the margins team will be presenting their research in a session at this year’s Annual International Conference.

Congratulations: A Level results day

Congratulations to everyone receiving their A Level geography results today.

Latest journal issues available

The latest issues of the Society’s journals are now available online.

Sustainability at AC2019

This year we are making a concerted effort to raise awareness around the sustainability of our Annual International Conference.

Geographers inspire at Wilderness Festival

The Society took over the Forum stage for a day at the Wilderness Festival entertaining and inspiring festival-goers with geography.

August’s issue of Geographical available now

This month's Geographical takes a look at different projects trying to secure the future of our food.

Members – join us for a tour of Earth Photo

If you’re a Fellow or member and haven’t yet had a chance to visit our Earth Photo exhibition, why not join us for a member-only introduction on Wednesday 7 August?

Migrants on the margins team present their research in Hargeisa

The Migrants on the margins team were at the Hargeisa International Book Fair last week to present their research to the local community.

Society supports the Gender Action Schools Award

We are delighted to be a supporter of the Gender Action Schools Award, an initiative which promotes and supports a whole-school approach to challenging stereotypes, and ensuring all young people can reach their full potential.

Migrants on the margins resources shortlisted for Teach Secondary Award

We are delighted that our Migrants on the margins educational resources have been shortlisted for a Teach Secondary Award for curriculum impact.

Congratulations to our Teacher Training Scholars

Congratulations to all our Teacher Training Scholars who have completed either their first year of teaching or their training as part of our Scholarship programme.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing

Fifty years ago today, Commander Neil Armstrong, Col. Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Lt. Col. Michael Collins successfully completed the first mission to land a person on the moon.

Geography excels in student survey

The results of the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS) paint a positive picture of geography student experiences across the UK.

New Chartered Geographers approved by Council

Congratulations to the Chartered Geographers who were approved by the Society’s Council in June.

Grant recipients head into the field

Our 2019 Geographical Fieldwork Grant recipients are heading out into the field to begin their summer fieldwork.

Earth Photo winner announced and exhibition open

Elisabetta Zavoli has won the 2019 Earth Photo competition for her work The Landfill Midwife.

Findings from Migrants on the margins presented to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Professor Laura Hammond presented findings of the Migrants on the margins research team to members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at a meeting at the Society last month.

Previous winners reflect on our Young Geographer of the Year competition

We caught up with some of the previous winners of the Young Geographer of the Year competition who explained the role the competition played in getting them to where they are now.

US military’s carbon footprint larger than most countries

New research published in our journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, has revealed that the US military is one of the largest climate polluters in history, producing more greenhouse gas emissions than most medium-sized countries.

London Climate Action Week

Our contribution to London Climate Action Week is a joint event with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) to share emerging knowledge on how to tackle climate change globally.

Read about Earth Photo in Outdoor Photography

Popular photography magazine Outdoor Photography features our Earth Photo competition and exhibition in their August issue, which is on newsstands now.

July’s issue of Geographical out now

This month's issue of Geographical features a dossier on earthquake prediction.

New funding for research on our Collections

We are delighted to have received funding for the third round of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme.

Mobile Malaria Project returns from the field

The 2018 Land Rover Bursary recipients have returned from the field after travelling over 6,300 km to investigate the challenges facing those on the front line of malaria control in Africa.

Society’s school resources praised in parliamentary debate

A parliamentary debate held earlier this week about teaching migration in the school curriculum highlighted the Society’s school resources about this issue.

Fieldwork Apprentices head out into the field

Our 2019 Fieldwork Apprentices are heading out into the field to begin their fieldwork.

Refugee Week

To mark Refugee Week, we’ve worked with Professor Heaven Crawley, to produce educational resources for geography teachers at GCSE and A Level.

Origins: how the Earth made us

Ahead of his regional theatre tour around the UK later this summer, we caught up with author, presenter and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster, Professor Lewis Dartnell to discuss his new book Origins: how the Earth made us.

Forest School activities develop skills valued by employers

New research, published today in our journal, The Geographical Journal, reveals that children enjoy Forest School activities but can struggle to frame the skills and knowledge they develop in these more informal settings as educational.

Homeless families housed in ‘temporary’ hotels for up to three years

New research, published today in our journal The Geographical Journal, reveals the daily disruption homeless families living in temporary hotel accommodation experience.

Meet the CGeog assessors

With over 750 Chartered Geographers now accredited, we caught up with two of our CGeog assessors, Angela Baker and Dr Stephanie Davidson.

Last chance to see ‘Observed on Paper’

Our current exhibition, Observed on Paper, is on display in the Pavilion until Friday 14 June.

Students awarded for excellence

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2018 Excellence Awards, and congratulate the pupils who achieved the highest marks nationally in last summer’s geography examinations.

Our journals have new compostable packaging

Our academic journals are now being delivered to subscribers in 100% compostable packaging.

New Council members elected

Congratulations to the newest members of our Council, who were elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday.

Earth Photo 2019 shortlisted images announced

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and four films that document the Earth in all its diversity, have been selected for the Society’s Earth Photo exhibition which opens on 6 July.

June’s issue of Geographical out now

This month's issue of Geographical features a look at the way in which the Earth's natural geography has shaped human societies throughout history.

AC2019: Early bird registration closes soon

The deadline for early bird registration for this year’s Annual International Conference is fast approaching.

Innovative Geography Teaching Grants recipients announced

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of our Innovative Geography Teaching Grants, Dr Lisa Ficklin and Grace Healy.

Could you be one of our new editors?

New co-editors are being sought for the Society’s book series and two of our academic journals, Area and The Geographical Journal.

Ron Cooke Award recipient announced

The first Ron Cooke Award has been awarded to Gregory Pearson for his A Level Independent Investigation An investigation into the form and nature of scree slopes on the North side of the Ogwen Valley.

Geography in Government award winners revealed

Congratulations to the Geography Spatial Analysts Team at the Office for National Statistics who have won the overall inaugural Geography in Government award.

AC2019: provisional programme live

The provisional programme for this year’s Annual International Conference is now live.

Environment and Sustainability Research Grants recipients announced

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of our Environment and Sustainability Research Grants, Dr Agatha Herman, Dr Thomas Smith and Dr Max Martin.

Physical geography fieldwork day strengthens teacher networks

We held a physical geography fieldwork day for teachers to support the better use of local sites for fieldwork and strengthen local teacher networks.

Latest journal issues available

The latest issues of the Society’s academic journals are now available online.

Career profiles showcase where geography can take you

The Society’s new series of online careers profiles showcase the diversity of jobs that studying geography can lead to.

Dissertation prizes open for submissions

This year's Research Group dissertation awards and prizes are now open.

Medal and award recipients announced

This year, our medals and awards recognise 21 different people for their extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, artwork, and public engagement.

Walking Ethiopia’s highlands on the Journey of a Lifetime

This year’s Journey of a Lifetime Award recipient, Redzi Bernard, has begun her two week journey travelling through northern Ethiopia to uncover the stories of everyday women.

New co-editor for Area appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Julian Leyland as a new co-editor for our academic journal Area.

Resources to help with your revision

We have plenty of freely available resources on our website to help you with your revision during exam season.

Society selected by Audible to feature in podcast series ‘How to outperform’

The Society is delighted to have been the focus of an episode of Audible’s new podcast series ‘How to outperform: what Britain’s best brands can teach the world’.

Earth Photo competition deadline fast approaching

The current issue of popular photography magazine Photography News features an interview with award-winning photographer and Earth Photo panel chair Marissa Roth, along with our Director, Professor Joe Smith.

World Malaria Day 2019

Today is World Malaria Day, an international day to raise awareness of malaria as a curable and preventable disease. The Mobile Malaria Project are currently investigating the front line of malaria control in Africa.

Share your teaching ideas

A new section of our website allows teachers to share their ideas on how to inspire students about geography.

May’s issue of Geographical out now

This month's issue of Geographical takes a closer look at child labour in the tobacco industry. 

Earth Photo captures our changing forests

To mark Earth Day this year, the Society, in partnership with Forestry England, are calling on aspiring and professional photographers alike to submit their images of what a changing forest means to them as part of our Earth Photo competition.

New Research Group Representatives elected

We are delighted to announce the recent election of two new Research Group Representatives to the Society’s Research and Higher Education (RHE) Committee.

Hong Kong Research Grant supports seismic hazard research in Taiwan

This year’s Hong Kong Research Grant has been awarded to Marine Roger to support her research assessing seismic hazards along the Chelungpu fault in Taiwan.

Migrants on the margins team present their findings in Dhaka

The Migrants on the margins team have presented their findings at a stakeholder meeting with local community groups in Dhaka.

Congratulations to Dr Peter Martin

Congratulations to Dr Peter Martin who has successfully completed his PhD research as part of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

Migrants on the margins resources now available

We have launched a new set of educational resources based on our Field Research Programme, Migrants on the margins.

One month to submit your entries to Earth Photo 2019

With the Earth Photo 2019 competition deadline only one month away, we caught up with competition judge and award-winning photographer Marissa Roth.

Where can geography take you?

This year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.

Ralph Brown Expedition Award supports subtropical coral reef research

Dr Maria Beger from the University of Leeds has received this year’s Ralph Brown Expedition Award to explore whether subtropical coral reef ecosystems could be a refuge for tropical coral communities.

New editorial board members appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new editorial board members for the Society’s book series.

Society responds to Ofsted consultation

The Society has responded to the Ofsted consultation on the Draft Education Inspection Framework, which sets out how Ofsted proposes to inspect schools, further education and skills provision, and registered early years’ settings.

Walters Kundert Fellowship supports research on Greenland’s tidewater glaciers

The 2019 Walters Kundert Fellowship has been awarded to Professor Alun Hubbard to investigate the processes of submarine melting and iceberg calving on four of Greenland’s tidewater glaciers.

Migrants on the margins team present at Parliament

Two members of the Society’s field research programme, Migrants on the margins, presented at the Mobilising Global Voices 2019 conference held at the Houses of Parliament earlier this month.

On Shifting Foundations

On Shifting Foundations: state rescaling, policy experimentation and path-dependency in post-1949 China, by Dr Kean Fan Lim, is the newest addition to the RGS-IBG book series.

Beyond the Pole: celebrating 50 years since the British Trans-Arctic Expedition

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the successful completion of the British Trans-Arctic Expedition led by Sir Wally Herbert, his daughter will tell the story of the four men who were the first to reach the North Pole on foot at the Monday night lecture on 1 April.

Land Rover Bursary recipients arrive in the field

The current Land Rover Bursary recipients have begun their eight week journey.

April’s issue of Geographical available now

In the wake of recent strikes by young people across the UK to protest climate change inaction, this month’s issue of Geographical takes a closer look at the growing global youth protestor movement.

Geographers appointed as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Society congratulates the nine geographers elected this week as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The making of the British landscape with Nicholas Crane

The Society’s Immediate Past President, Nicholas Crane, is giving the 55th Annual Tyneside Geographical Society Lecture in Newcastle at the end of the month.

Build your own field sensors and data loggers

Scientific sensors are typically very expensive, but you can learn how to design and build your own for much less at our workshop on 1 April.

Climate change is a key part of geography

With another nationwide climate change strike planned for tomorrow, our Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Steve Brace has highlighted that climate change is a key part of geography.

Drone technology helps map malaria in Zanzibar

Drone technology is helping to identify potential malaria hotspots by mapping aquatic mosquito breeding habitats in Zanzibar, thanks to a pilot project funded by our grants programme in 2015.

A night of geopolitics

Later this month, the Society’s South Committee are welcoming Professors Danny Dorling and Klaus Dodds to Bournemouth for an evening of geopolitics.

Earth Photo judges announced

The panel of expert judges for this year’s Earth Photo competition has been announced.

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion we’re acknowledging the work of female geographers in developing the discipline.

Geographers in government update

It's been just over a year since geography was established as a sub-discipline within the Government Science and Engineering Profession - here's an update 12 months on.

Careers week: the statistics say choose geography

It is National Careers Week, so what better time to remember that if you want to understand our world, help to shape the future, and have a rewarding career that pays well, geography is the subject for you.

Speakers announced for this year’s microlectures

Join us for an evening of inspiration and entertainment as six new generation speakers have just 10 minutes each to share their geographical journeys in an illustrated talk.

Workshop explores implications of Brexit

Brexit! The Urban and Regional Implications is a free workshop which will discuss the potential economic consequences of Brexit for both regions and cities across the UK.

Weddell Sea resources shortlisted for The Education Resources Awards

We are delighted to announce that our Weddell Sea Expedition resources have been selected as a finalist for The Education Resources Awards.

Antarctic Witness exhibition visits Clydebank

An incredible photographic exhibition illustrating Shackleton’s exploration of Antarctica and his crew’s epic struggle for survival is now on display at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery.

Resources to help students choose geography

It’s the time of year when pupils are choosing which subjects to continue studying at both GCSE and A Level and we have a range of resources to encourage them to choose geography.

March’s issue of Geographical out now

Out now, March’s issue of Geographical magazine includes a look at the need for decommissioning the thousands of ageing platforms and equipment used by the offshore oil and gas industry.

Apply now for the Alexander Awards Summer School

Our Alexander Awards Summer School 2019 is now open for applications.

Apply now for Fieldwork Apprenticeships

The deadline for this year’s Fieldwork Apprenticeships is fast approaching.

Latest research published in the Society’s journals: March 2019

The latest issues of the Society’s scholarly journals are now available online.

Book a Geography Ambassador visit

Our Geography Ambassadors are a great way to introduce pupils to the many benefits of studying geography, and where it can lead them in the future.

Weddell Sea Expedition ends search for Shackleton’s Endurance

The Weddell Sea Expedition has been forced to conclude its search for the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance. 

Sidetracked magazine features foreword from Society Director

This month’s issue of Sidetracked magazine features a foreword from Society Director Professor Joe Smith.

Earth Photo 2019 competition launched

We’re excited to announce this year’s Earth Photo competition is now open for entries.

Are we wearing out the planet?

With London Fashion Week fast approaching, join us for a discussion about the impact of the fashion industry on our planet and what we can all do about it.

Extreme weather learning resources

Based on a research project looking at extreme weather events in the past, present and future, we have put together a series of resources to help students learn about extreme weather.

Society joins Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme

We are pleased to announce that the Society is now a partner of the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) programme.

The importance of trees – in conversation with James Aldred and Johnathan Drori

For James Aldred and Johnathan Drori, trees are an integral part of their lives. Join us for an evening where they share their passion and enthusiasm for all things trees. 

Dr John Shears awarded Polar Medal

Congratulations to Dr John Shears FRGS, who has been awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty the Queen for outstanding achievement and service in the field of polar research.

BBC ICONS final tonight

The final of the BBC’s ICONS: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century will be broadcast live at 9.00pm tonight.

Data Skills in Geography project continuing into 2019

The Society is delighted to be continuing our Data Skills in Geography project in 2019, thanks to additional funding from the Nuffield Foundation.

Society Director interviewed by Japanese broadcaster NHK World

Our Director Professor Joe Smith discusses his plans to take the Society forward over the coming years in an episode of ‘Direct Talk’, aired by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK World.

Geography in the news: air pollution mapping

This month has seen the issue of air pollution consistently hitting the headlines.

School Member lecture: the carbon cycle

Our next lecture exclusively for School Members is on the carbon cycle and takes place on 6 February at 5.00pm.

New journal editors appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of four new co-editors for two of the Society’s academic journals.

Book now for Explore South West

Explore South West on 9 February is your chance to learn directly from a range of scientists and explorers carrying out field research and scientific expeditions.

February’s issue of Geographical out now

The February issue of Geographical is available now both online and in print.

Tim Marshall on why we’re living in an age of walls

Prior to his regional theatres tour, we caught up with journalist, author and broadcaster, Tim Marshall, to discuss his new book.  

Apply now for Innovative Geography Teaching Grants

The deadline for this year’s Innovative Geography Teaching Grants is fast approaching.

Ron Cooke Award for the A Level Independent Investigation

Sir Ron Cooke, an eminent physical geographer and former President of the Society, has kindly supported a new award for A Level students.

Tourists putting themselves at risk to witness volcanic eruptions

New research published in our journal Geo: Geography and Environment, reveals the dangers and lengths that thrill-seeking tourists are willing to go to in order to witness live volcanic eruptions.

Enduring Eye exhibition visits Cheltenham

Honouring the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance expedition of 1914-1917, our Enduring Eye exhibition is on display in Cheltenham until 24 February 2019.

Geographical has new compostable packaging

From February’s issue, Geographical magazine will be delivered to subscribers in 100% compostable packaging.

Society events with Ordnance Survey coming up

As part of the Society’s work with Ordnance Survey (OS), two events later this month will help raise awareness of the uses of geospatial data.

Frederick Soddy Schools Award

The Society is delighted to announce a new grant scheme to support school fieldwork and expeditions.

Accessing our journals online

Our Fellows can now opt for digital access to all our academic journals as part of their Fellowship subscription.

New membership card for 2019 revealed

Our membership card for 2019 is now available.

Society closing times over Christmas

We are closed completely between Monday 24 December 2018 and Tuesday 1 January 2019, inclusive.

Weddell Sea Expedition poster going to all UK schools

The Society has launched a new set of educational resources to help UK schools engage with the Weddell Sea Expedition.

January’s issue of Geographical out now

The January issue of Geographical is available now both online and in print.

Explore South West: plan your next adventure

Explore South West is the perfect opportunity to learn from scientists and explorers who are undertaking field research and scientific expeditions that make a real difference to the world.

Society responds to consultations

Over the last few months the Society has responded to calls for evidence for a range of consultations, including from the Geospatial Commission and the UK’s four higher education funding bodies.

Society links with Frederick Soddy Trust

We are delighted to announce that the Frederick Soddy Trust has become a linked charity of RGS-IBG.

Mountains matter

To celebrate the International Mountain Day, we have put together a selection of Discovering Britain’s favourite mountain walks, trails and viewpoints, for you to discover why our mountains matter even in the UK.

Order your gift membership in time for Christmas

Struggling for a gift for that difficult-to-buy-for person in your life? Why not give the gift of Society membership?

Society animations ‘Highly Commended’

A series of animations produced by the Society were Highly Commended at the 2018 Scottish Association of Geography Teachers Annual Conference Publishers’ Awards.

Open house afternoon

To celebrate the support provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable our work, we’re holding a free celebratory open house afternoon on 7 December 2018.

Death of a Translator

Before his ‘In conversation’ event in Belfast later this week, we caught up with former journalist Ed Gorman to discuss his book Death of a Translator, his experiences in Afghanistan and the impact of conflict.

Society partners with Wiley to digitise Collections

We are delighted to be the latest partner of the Wiley Digital Archives, and to be enabling several million items from our Collections to be digitised.

National Tree Week

This weekend marks the end of National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. To join in the celebrations, the Discovering Britain team has put together a collection of their favourite walks, trails and viewpoints in forests and woodlands throughout the country.

Young Geographers of the Year announced

The winners of the 2018 Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award were announced on Wednesday 28 November, after answering the question ‘What makes the Arctic unique?’.

AC2019: call for sessions, papers and posters

The call for sessions, papers and posters at the Society's 2019 annual conference is now open.

Give the gift of membership

Give them the perfect gift this year: Society membership.

Society grant supports research into role of Arctic rivers in climate change

This year’s Gilchrist Fieldwork Award recipient is Dr Melissa Murphy from University College London who, in partnership with Dr Emily Stevenson from the University of Cambridge, is researching whether high Arctic rivers are a source of a sink for carbon dioxide.

Explore weekend – advice, inspiration and insight

Over 350 people gathered at Lowther Lodge earlier this month for the Society’s 42nd annual Explore weekend.

Geography Ambassadors start training

Our newest cohort of Geography Ambassadors begin their training over the coming weeks in preparation for their first school visits.

Dr Arwyn Edwards reveals the highlights of his fieldwork in Svalbard

Our £10,000 Walters Kundert Fellowship enabled Dr Arwyn Edwards to make multiple trips to Svalbard to ask the question: are microbes active in Arctic winters?

GIS Day 2018

Today is GIS Day and users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology are highlighting its benefits and the difference it makes to our everyday lives.

Working together to #ChooseGeography

The Society recently held a workshop with representatives from 35 universities, to explore how geography can be better promoted within schools, and how applications at degree level can be encouraged.

Area celebrates 50 years

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Society’s academic journal Area.

School resources win Teach Primary award

The Society’s primary school geography resources have been awarded 3 stars as part of the Teach Primary Resource Awards 2018.

GeoCom tackles the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’

This Thursday, 8 November, the Society is hosting GeoCom, the AGI’s annual conference.

Weddell Sea Expedition: schools resources

The Society is joining the Weddell Sea Expedition as educational partner and will be sharing the expedition’s scientific findings with schools across the UK and internationally through specially written schools resources.

Travelling for Amazement

To mark the donation of Eric Newby’s archive to the Society, Alexander Maitland will be giving a Be Inspired talk on Monday 5 November. In advance of the talk, we asked Alexander to tell us more about Eric Newby and the items that have been donated.

Read our journals online from January

From 1 January 2019, Fellows will be able to opt for digital access to all of our academic journals.

Is the Arctic getting greener?

We caught up with this year’s Walters Kundert Fellowship recipient, Dr Isla Myers-Smith of the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, who is investigating whether the Arctic is getting greener. She told us about how new technologies are enhancing her research and making analysis not only more accurate, but easier.

Today marks the 80th anniversary of travel writer Eric Newby’s Last Grain Race voyage to Australia

A collection newly acquired by the Society includes photographs and diary entries by one of the world’s first travel writers, Eric Newby, who set sail, aged just 18, from Belfast 80 years ago today for one of the last grain races to Australia.

Need help with your university application?

UCAS is now open for applications for courses starting in 2019, but with over 80 UK universities offering more than 1,400 geography-related courses it can seem a little daunting knowing where to start and how to choose.

Explore weekend - don't miss out

The Society’s annual Explore weekend - an unmissable opportunity to gain advice, inspiration and contacts for your own research project or expedition - is fast approaching . Early Bird discounts end on 15 October.

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 Journey of a Lifetime with Karen Darke MBE tomorrow

Paralympian Karen Darke MBE will be sharing tales from her ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ tomorrow morning on BBC Radio 4 at 11.00am.

Everest: a reconnaissance

This autumn the Society is holding a new exhibition of platinum prints of photographs of the 1921 expedition to Everest.

Migrants on the margins: a week of comics and workshops

Last week the Society held the first of two exhibitions taking place this autumn that present initial findings from our field research programme, Migrants on the margins.

Discover the Arctic with our new website

The Discovering the Arctic website has been refreshed and updated and is now fully responsive – so you can easily access all of its inspiring resources on any device.

New book The Map Tour released today

The Map Tour, a unique book that follows the narrative of the history of tourism, including some of the finest examples of cartography, has been released today.

Medics prepare for the wilderness

Last month we held an introductory workshop for early career medical professionals about expedition and wilderness medicine.

Supporting your studies: Postgraduate Fellowship

Postgraduate Fellowship is the perfect opportunity to help postgraduate students connect with the wider geographical research community.

Plastic pollution solutions

We caught up with author, presenter and environmental campaigner Natalie Fee to discuss why she decided to make eliminating plastic pollution her full time job.

Further funding for Geography Teacher Training Scholarships

The Society is delighted to announce that our Geography Teacher Training Scholarships programme has received additional funding from the Department of Education.

Students get hands-on with geography

A Level students from across the UK took part in the Society’s annual Alexander Awards Summer School at the Field Studies Council Juniper Hall field centre in late August.

Call for new journal editors

New co-editors are being sought for three of the Society’s journals: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Area, and Geo: Geography and Environment.

Enter now for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition

The deadline for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition is fast approaching.

Migrants on the margins: SOAS scholarship awarded

As part of the Migrants on the margins field research project, SOAS University of London in collaboration with the Society have awarded a scholarship to Masters student Nouradin Nour.

Migrants on the margins: autumn events

A series of events showcasing the work of the Society’s field research programme, Migrants on the margins, is coming up this autumn.

The perfect gift for a new student

With the new university term about to begin, our Young Geographer membership is the perfect gift to support undergraduate studies.

See what’s coming up this autumn

Our events programme for autumn is bursting with topical issues and themes. Here's a taste of what's coming up.

Earth Photo winners announced

Ruben Salgado Escudero has won the inaugural Earth Photo competition for his work Solar Portraits, which depicts the inhabitants of some of the world’s remotest areas experiencing electricity for the first time. 

Reflections from the Amazon

Before her regional tour of the UK gets underway, we caught up with adventurer, journalist and presenter Pip Stewart to discuss her love of travel, her visits to the Amazon and the stories she can’t wait to share.

Society supports Esri in promoting GIS to schools

The Society, in collaboration with Esri UK and the