Earth Photo

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the earth in all its diversity.

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018 (28-31 August 2018)

The perfect opportunity to find out about the latest geographical research while networking with over 1,500 delegates from around the world.

A day at Dolebury hill fort - Les Davies

Join Les Davis for this field visit to the heart of the Mendip Hills where lies the ancient bivallate, Iron Age fort of Dolebury (with its medieval rabbit warren) with views stretching all the way to Wales and Exmoor.

Illustrated lunchtime talks

A programme of lectures of geographical interest encompassing worldwide travel, European and global rural and urban geography.
 

Reflections from the Amazon: human impact on a remote region - Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart reflects on the impact of mining, ranching and deforestation. From building roads to buying gold, is it time we re-evaluated the impact we are having on the world?

Reflections from the Amazon: human impact on a remote region - Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart reflects on the impact of mining, ranching and deforestation. From building roads to buying gold, is it time we re-evaluated the impact we are having on the world?
 

Imagined Land: turning history into a celebration of place - Simon Floyd

Simon Floyd, the Project Manager of the ‘Imagined Land’ Project  will discuss how involving communities in research, archaeology and creative activity can help promote social cohesion, a better understanding of local heritage and a sense of place.
 

Dragons of Komodo - Michael Pitts

Michael Pitts will speak about hisexciting and dangerous challenge to film the world's largest lizards.

 

St Helena: the ultimate island - Professor Steve Royle

Small and incredibly remote, St Helena’s location has at times been its lifeline; but will a new airport bring fresh opportunities for tourism given the splendid mountain scenery, Georgian architecture and fascinating history?

Monasteries in the landscape: a Cadfael walk - David Snowden

Shrewsbury was moulded by the tension between the monastery and castle. This walk also reveals places referred to in Ellis Peters' Cadfael novels.

Over the horizon - Nigel Vardy

For over 20 years, Nigel has adventured and mountaineered across the globe- he has a thirst to experience whatever is 'over the horizon'.
 

What happens when the oil runs out? Professor Chris Rhodes

The world supply of crude oil isn't going to run out soon, however crude oil will not be produced at the present rate of 30 billion barrels per year.

Reflections from the Amazon: human impact on a remote region - Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart reflects on the impact of mining, ranching and deforestation. From building roads to buying gold, is it time we re-evaluated the impact we are having on the world?
 

Reflections from the Amazon: human impact on a remote region - Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart reflects on the impact of mining, ranching and deforestation. From building roads to buying gold, is it time we re-evaluated the impact we are having on the world?
 

Subject knowledge update: Geomorphology

Dr Annie Ockelford will present a workshop for A Level teachers.

Be Inspired: Measuring Africa with theodolite and tellurometer

Alastair Macdonald talks about his work with the Directorate of Overseas Surveys during the 1950s and 60s.  

Treading lightly: exploring the mountains of Europe - Darren Axe

Darren's talk critically assesses out place in upland landscapes with stunning photography throughout.

Brexit and the uplands: panel discussion

Panel discussion, chaired by Dr Julia Aglionby, examining impact of Brexit on uplands landscapes, industries and communities.

A walk with Joe Smith on Blencathra - Tim Foster and Joe Smith

Alfred Wainwright declared Blencathra ‘one of the grandest objects in Lakeland’. We will select one of his routes and have an opportunity to meet our new Director Joe Smith.

Reflections from the Amazon: human impact on a remote region - Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart reflects on the impact of mining, ranching and deforestation. From building roads to buying gold, is it time we re-evaluated the impact we are having on the world?

Geomatics techniques for monitoring geohazards - Dr Stuart Edwards

This talk introduces the world of Surveying, Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and highlights how they relate to geographical concepts and phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunamis, glaciers and landslides.

Walking the Zambezi - David Lemon

David Lemon will speak on becoming the the first man in recorded history to walk from source to mouth of the Zambezi.

The long view - Rob and Harriet Fraser

Rob and Harriet will offer a journey through the Cumbrian landscape and an intimate portrayal of seven remarkably ordinary trees that open up deeper debate.

Field visit to Glenridding Common - Pete Barron

Join this field visit with the John Muir Trust to Glenridding Common for an opportunity to hear about the Trust's plans for the management of this iconic landscape, including Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain.

Be Inspired: Supposed-to-be-Land: Indigenous Tales of the Beaufort Sea – Peter Martin

Looking at Ejnar Mikkelsen's 1906-7 Alaska expedition, Peter describes the assistance given by the local Iñupiat community and considers the ways in which indigenous knowledge is often overlooked in histories of exploration. 

Annual dinner on Weston-super-Mare Pier

Join the regional committee and award-winning environmental campaigner, Natalie Fee, for this annual dinner on Western-super-Mare Pier. 

Clerical domesticity and the inner city: Vicarages and urban change in Britain 1960-1990

Professor Alastair Owens considers the changing role of Anglican vicarages in inner cities.

By the light of the heavens: how people and animals navigate by the sun and stars

Explore the many and marvellous ways in which humans and other animals make use of the sun, moon and stars to guide them.

Technological support to policing - Chief Constable Andy Marsh QPM

Chief Constable Andy Marsh QPM will talk about how modern technology provides new tools in the fight against crime and helps to protect the vulnerable from harm.
 

Fellows and members' presentation evening

An informal evening enabling members to give short (max 10 minute) talks on a topic of Geographical relevance. Speakers must book in advance- all welcome to speak.

Changing places: labour experiences in post-crisis societies - Dr Paul Griffin

Paul will draw upon developing work in economic geography relating to the perspective of labour and experiences of work. It will engage with his own research on forms of community unionism which have developed in post-crisis contexts.

How glaciers respond to climate change: past present and future - Professor Jane Hart

An insight into how technology is able to take us into and beneath glaciers to understand their behaviour and response to climate change. 

Ice: Jim McNeill

Polar explorer Jim McNeill will talk about the Ice Warrior Project, which trains people for the Last World First to be claimed in the polar regions. This is a journey of 800 miles across treacherous sea-ice, in one of the most inhospital environments on Earth. (Image: Jim McNeill)

The land beyond - Leon McCarron

Leon will take us on a 1,000 mile walk from Jerusalem to Mount Sinai, exploring the culture, history and faith of one of the most complex and compelling places on earth.

Cook's Tours: the achievement of Thomas Cook - Danny Wells

Danny Wells will speak on how both Thomas Cook and his son played key roles in opening the world to popular tourism and sightseeing.

Lost in Papua New Guinea - Benedict Allen

With his usual enthusiasm and humour, Benedict shares the true story of his recent expedition to the most remote forests of Papua New Guinea, a daring journey to locate people who befriended him 35 years ago.

People and Places on Film: Primulas, Poppies and Rhododendrons - the ‘Botanical Endeavours’ of Ludlow and Sherriff

A celebration of the plant-hunting partnership of Frank Ludlow and George Sherriff in Bhutan and South-East Tibet in the 1930s and 1940s.

Reflections from the Amazon: human impact on a remote region - Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart reflects on the impact of mining, ranching and deforestation. From building roads to buying gold, is it time we re-evaluated the impact we are having on the world?

Hunting for the Southern Continent

On his second voyage, Captain James Cook became the first recorded explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle and charted many Pacific islands for the first time.

Mountaineering challenges: climbing the world’s highest mountains - Vanessa O'Brien

Vanessa describes climbing the Seven Summits and contrasts climbing the Asian peaks of Everest, K2, Manaslu, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma. 

Be Inspired: Travelling for Amazement – Alex Maitland

An exploration of the life and journeys of Eric Newby through a selection of his books, including The Last Grain Race.

Reflections from the Amazon: human impact on a remote region - Pip Stewart

Pip Stewart reflects on the impact of mining, ranching and deforestation. From building roads to buying gold, is it time we re-evaluated the impact we are having on the world?

NHS@70: Exploring geographies of health and healthcare

As the NHS celebrates its 70th Birthday, a series of speakers from academia and NHS Digital consider the use of geographical data and spatial analysis to monitor neighbourhood inequalities in health, access to health services and health outcomes.

North West region annual dinner

Join us to celebrate another successful year for the North West regional committee with our guest: diver, explorer and presenter Paul Rose.

Have theodolite, will travel - Nick Krebs

Mapping Africa's magnificent landscape in the nineteenth century, Nick Krebs explores East Africa through former War Office maps.

Aviation in the Manchester sky - Ian Revell

Ian Revell is a NATS Air Traffic Control Watch Manager at Manchester Airport having previously worked for 14 years at Aberdeen. He will talk about Manchester and the surrounding areas' air space and how he controls the skies.

The search for the Northwest Passage - Eugene Rae

The Society's Principal Librarian will explain and illustrate the historic search for this key trading route with a range of artifacts from the archives.

Urban farming futures - Dr Laura Vickers

Dr Laura Vickers discusses the sustainability of food cultivation and distribution in space-constrained towns and cities.
 

The hazardous effects of tectonic plate movements - Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson speaks about how global hazards can be explained by understanding the recent movements of tectonic plates in places such as New Zealand and Hawaii. 

The Abyssinian difficulty: a Victorian expedition - John Pilkington

In 1868 the British government mounted an expedition to rescue European hostages. John looks at the changes in Eritrea and Ethiopia in the intervening 150 years.

 

From Greenland to high-mountain Asia – Arminel Lovell and Emily Hill

Arminel Lovell and Emily Hill from Newcastle University compare their research on glaciers in two contrasting cold environments, which are changing rapidly due to 21st century climate change and are expected to have major impacts on people, wildlife and infrastructure globally.

Spanish and Portuguese wine tasting

Join us for an evening of tutored wine tasting; sampling six wines from Spain and Portugal.

GIS day in partnership with Esri UK

Join us for GIS Day 2018, in partnership with Esri UK. Open to A Level students and their teachers.

Around Africa by public transport - Ian Packham

Ian Packham completed his first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport – a 25,000 mile journey through 31 countries over 13 months.

Subject knowledge update: Changing places

Dr Simon Oakes will present a workshop for A Level teachers.

Christmas quiz

Come one and all to test your general and geographical knowledge at a festive quiz. 

You are here: Geospatial technologies in the public domain - Dr Gary Priestnall

This talk will begin by summarising the capabilities and applications of GIS before considering the key technological developments that have allowed more widespread use of digital geographic information by the general public.

Off-site safety management

This two-day course, on 4 and 5 December, looks at the safety management issues involved in planning, managing and evaluating local visits, fieldtrips, residentials and exchanges.

Educational Visits Coordinator Training

A full day workshop that supports Educational Visits Coordinators (EVCs) in their roles by covering the legal and practical procedures required of their position.
 

Map and photo evening

A chance to share stories about travels, adventures and experiences in a series of 10-minute talks. Mulled wine and mince pies at interval.
 

Breaking new ground: Portsmouth Harbour and QE carriers - Captain Iain Greenlees

To prepare Portsmouth Harbour for the Queen Elizabeth carriers, new technologies were developed to dredge three million tons of sediment from the seabed. In excavating previously undisturbed sediments, the task revealed a fascinating range of geological and archaeological artefacts.

Educational Visits Coordinator Update Training

This course gives EVCs at all schools the opportunity to look into current material in more depth and share good practice with other EVCs.

Death of a translator - Ed Gorman

Former journalist Ed Gorman covered Afghanistan during the Russian invasion and Belfast during the 1980s. Image: Ed Gornan. 

Children's lecture - Breaking the norm

Join us for the Society’s annual Children’s lecture. 

Prized possessions from amazing locations

Christmas Social including a three course meal.