Mountains of the moon

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

A new Arctic in the making – Professor Klaus Dodds

The Arctic is changing. But how and where is it changing, and why does it matter to those who call it home and those who don't?

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.

Regional School Member lecture: The Sustainable Development Goals: ambition or fantasy?

Katy Davies considers whether the Sustainable Development Goals offer a realistic roadmap for the future of our planet. Are they a unifying call or a random wish list and what does it mean for each of us?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Geography at university workshops

These events provide sixth form students with the experience to bridge the gap between school and university and explore what studying geography at university level is like.

Brexit! The urban and regional implications workshop

A workshop bringing together academics, and the public and private sectors, to discuss potential urban and regional impacts across the UK, and possible urban and regional strategies for mediating the economic consequences of Brexit.

Beyond the Pole: The British Trans-Arctic Expedition – Kari Herbert

In 1969 four men successfully completed the first surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean, led by Sir Wally Herbert. On the 50th anniversary of this exceptional achievement, Kari tells their story.

Children of the snow land – Zara Balfour

Join director Zara Balfour for a special screening of this documentary, followed by a Q&A about the film's geographical themes.

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).

Mountains – Richard Matthews

Hear about Richard's trek along the Slovenia Mountain Trail, and how he discovers that, beyond the breathtaking scenery, this 600km trail is also a place of profound understanding.

The changing nature of conservation

Following the success of our joint RGS-IBG Yorkshire and North East and PLACE research student conference in 2017, we are pleased to team up with PLACE to offer a one day conference on the theme of ‘The changing nature of conservation’.

Our Planet – Alastair Fothergill

In an illustrated talk, Alastair describes the making of the new natural history series 'Our Planet'. The stunning films explore the environmental challenges the planet faces, and examine the world's most precious natural habitats.

Map, chart, slide and artefacts evening

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

Thinking long-term: flooding, future generations and uncertainty – Dr Jeremy Parr

Dr Jeremy Parr, Head of Flood and Incident Risk Management at Natural Resources Wales, will speak on the topic of flooding.

Cycling USA – Mark Pritchard

In May 2018 long distance cyclist Mark rode 3,400 miles from Los Angeles to Boston in 44 days to find out what makes America and Americans tick.

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?

British Everest expeditions 1921-1953 – Eugene Rae

An RGS-IBG Collections and artefacts talk by Eugene Rae, the Society’s Principal Librarian.

The geography behind digital world-building – Kate Edwards

After 25 years in the business, Kate explores how geographers are influencing the digital media industries - using their knowledge or cartography, cultural systems and environmental challenges, to build engaging digital worlds.

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

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

A Level Revision: Hazards - based on AQA specification

This two-hour revision session will offer a balance between reviewing content and looking at examination style questions.

A Level revision: Skills focus – based on AQA specification

This two-hour revision session will offer opportunities to look at examination style questions.

A Level revision: Glaciation – based on Edexcel specification

This two-hour revision session will offer a balance between reviewing content and looking at examination style questions.

Post-conflict restoration of historic Mosul – Andy Miller

Andy Miller, a heritage consultant specialising in post-conflict environments, gives an overview of ongoing restoration projects in the Old City of Mosul in the aftermath of its occupation by ISIS.

Heart of Brazil – Sue Cunningham

Sue will discuss the lives of 48 indigenous tribal communities who live along the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon in this beautiful area of Brazil.

A Level revision: Changing places – based on OCR specification

This two-hour revision session will offer a balance between reviewing content and looking at examination style questions.

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.

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.

Dawn chorus walk

Guided walk through Brantwood estate to listen and identify woodland and garden birds.

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.

Unlocking sustainable cities - Professor Paul Chatterton

Paul Chatterton will outline his new book Unlocking Sustainable Cities, and argue that this is a manifesto for real urban change.

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.

Physical geography fieldwork day – GCSE and A Level

Fieldwork day for teachers in partnership with ERM.

 

An evening with Alan Hinkes OBE

Alan Hinkes is the first and only Briton to climb all 14 of the world's highest mountains.

Food security: a global challenge – Professor Peter Jackson

Feeding a growing population from finite resources is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Peter explores how we can achieve more sustainable and healthy systems of food production and consumption.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.
 

From broken back to walking a desert - Janey McGill

Join us for this regional annual dinner and reception, and hear speaker Janey McGill talk about her 800km trek through Oman’s Empty Quarter.

 

John Ruskin, Japan and the craft tradition – Urasenke Foundation

A celebration of the arts and crafts traditions of Japan and Great Britain, inspired by the legacy of John Ruskin.

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.

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. 


 

A tale of two rivers – Karen Darke and Katie Arnold

RGS-IBG grant recipients, Katie and Karen recount their seperate journeys along two rivers; the Murray and the Naryn. Whilst challenging themselves, they discovered the difficulties faced by the people who rely on rivers for their livelihoods.

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?

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!
 

Geography at university workshops

These events provide sixth form students with the experience to bridge the gap between school and university and explore what studying geography at university level is like.

Rewilding in Nidderdale and the uplands – Paul Howard

Join us for a Question Time-style panel discussion involving academics, local landowners and farmers, as well as representatives from the RSPB and the Yorkshire Peat Partnership to discuss rewilding in Nidderdale and beyond.

Microplastics in the rivers of Manchester and their global significance – Professor Jamie Woodward

Professor Jamie Woodward, from the University of Manchester, will explore our changing relationship with the rivers of Manchester from the Industrial Revolution to the menace of microplastics. 

Soil erosion discussion day

This event will be a great opportunity to bring custodians of the land and researchers of soil together from across the South West to discuss soil erosion and soil damage.

Veolia energy recovery facility - field visit

A walking tour of Veolia’s state-of-the-art recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF).

Responsible travel

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the various approaches you can take and answer the question: what does it mean to travel well?

Antarctica and climate change – Professor Michael Hambrey

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

Annual reception

Join us to celebrate another sucessful year for the Society.

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.

 

Trash talk: what a load of rubbish!

Themed presentation and networking evening taking a positive look at waste and recycling – what opportunities could reducing waste generate?
 

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.

ArcGIS CPD at Penwortham Girls' High School

A full day of ArcGIS training for teachers. 

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. 

Teignmouth: not just another tourist resort – Pat Wilson

An opportunity to follow another RGS-IBG Discovering Britain walk with its writer.

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?
 

New insights to the British ice sheet – Professor Rich Chiverrell

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

Raising achievement in GCSE History and Geography

Now into the second year of examinations for the new GCSE specifications, we’ve learned some lessons from the first cohort. Results have shown that some less able students are finding the exams inaccessible, and teachers have expressed concerns about covering the content in two years.

Mousehold Heath Earth Heritage Trail – Tim Holt-Wilson

Explore the fascinating geodiversity of this county wildlife site, the processes which have shaped it over time and its history of mineral extraction.

ArcGIS CPD at Bilborough College

A full day of ArcGIS Online training for teachers. 

School Member Lecture: The Sustainable Development Goals: ambition or fantasy? – Linden Edgell

Linden considers whether the Sustainable Development Goals offer a realistic roadmap for the future of our planet. Are they a unifying call or a random wish list and what does it mean for each of us?

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

Going Places with Geography Year 12 Conference

A day of informative sessions for Year 12 pupils who are considering geography as a career option to find out more about where studying geography can lead.

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.

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

Dawn scything – demonstration event

Bring your scyth and join experienced mowers to help cut the wildflower meadow.

For the love of sharks – Steve Backshall and special guests

Steve Backshall and other special guests of the Shark Trust will share stories of discovery and connection and their love for this fascinating family of marine animals.

Springwatch unwrapped – Gillian Burke

Gillian takes us behind-the-scenes on one of the nation's favourite wildlife shows, to discover Britain's natural spectacles, hidden gems, and surprising oases of hope.

Summer garden party

Annual garden party organised by the Younger Members' Committee.

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.
 

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?
 

Origins: how the Earth made us – Professor Lewis Dartnell

When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

Mountain treasures from the RGS-IBG and Mountain Heritage archives - Eugene Rae

Archivist Eugene Rae will select some unique artefacts from the Society's Collections and will be joined by one of the Mountain Heritage Trust curators.

Wilderness Festival

Join us for a day of talks, debates, and conversations exploring how and why we see planet Earth the way we do.

Treasure from dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new permanent display about Ruskin's geology, with a talk by the exhibition curator.

Summer drinks reception

Summer drinks reception with open garden visit at Hutton in the Forest.
 

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.

The British Society for Geomorphology Annual Meeting 2019

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) will be held at the University of Sheffield.