12 books to read this festive season

This festive season, we asked Society Director, Professor Joe Smith, about what books he’ll be reading over the winter break.

Society closing times over Christmas

We are closed completely between Thursday 24 December 2020 and Friday 1 January 2021, inclusive.

Earth Photo Exhibition: Grizedale

[Temporarily closed] An exhibition of a selection of the captivating photographs which were shortlisted for Earth Photo 2020.

First Master’s degrees accredited by the Society

The Society has awarded accreditation to Master’s degree programmes for the first time.

Geography key to unlocking value in National Data Strategy

The Society has responded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s consultation on the UK’s National Data Strategy.

Douglas Scott CBE (1941 - 2020)

Doug Scott was a world-renowned mountaineer. He was the first Englishman to stand on the summit of Everest and received the Society’s Patron’s medal in 1999.

Ken Gregory CBE (1938 - 2020)

Ken Gregory was a world-leading physical geographer, geomorphologist, and Honorary Fellow of the Society.

Celebrating the work of the Society’s Research Groups

Our Research Groups have done a great job of creatively adapting to a very challenging year. In celebration of their work, here are just a few highlights from 2020.

Geography and Core Maths resources

During 2020 we have produced a range of useful information and resources from our Geography and Core Maths Initiative.

Kate explores the RGS-IBG’s digital library to identify the African women in the expeditions of David Livingstone.

Society launches new careers sessions for students

The Society has launched a new webinar series to help geography students explore future career options.

Changes to online journals and Geographical magazine

From January 2021, all Fellows will automatically be able to access our full range of scholarly journals online.

Nominate now for our new President and Council members

We are inviting nominations from Fellows for a number of Council positions to be elected in June 2021, including the next President of the Society.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status by our Council earlier this week.

Earth Photo 2020 winners announced

Jonk has won the 2020 Earth Photo competition for his stunning series Coffee Shop, Abkhazia; Hotel, Portugal; Swimming Pool, Italy and Theater, Abkhazia, which depict abandoned spaces reclaimed by nature.

Earth Photo winners announced

Earth Photo, the international competition and exhibition created by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), is delighted to reveal the winners of its 2020 competition, chosen from a shortlist of 50 photographs and four films.

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

Give the gift of membership this Christmas

To satisfy the curiosity of your loved one this Christmas, look no further than the gift of Society membership.

Get your snorkel gear at the ready and come on an adventure into the North Atlantic Ocean!

Learn about what we can all do to help save the sea no matter where we live.

The focus is Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova expedition which relied so heavily on the support of the Society.

Kate is passionate about outreach and engagement and is an advocate of zero-emission living - even at the poles. 

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021

We are delighted to announce our plans for our 2021 Annual International Conference which will take place from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021.

Schools Essay Competition winners announced

The Society and the Financial Times are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended students of their joint Schools Essay Competition.

Earth Photo Exhibition: Dalby Forest

[Temporarily closed] An exhibition of a selection of the captivating photographs which were shortlisted for Earth Photo 2020.

Geographers in Government Conference 2020

The Government Geography Profession is hosting its third annual conference next week, with a series of plenary panel discussions and workshops taking place online.

A message from the Director

Watch an end of year message for our Fellows and members from Society Director, Professor Joe Smith.

Discovering the Weddell Sea digital album

To coincide with Antarctica Day, the Society is delighted to launch our new online Antarctic Album designed for pupils, teachers and parents to learn more about Antarctica and its adjacent ocean, the Weddell Sea.