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.

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.

EVC update workshop- December

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

Tall oaks from little acorns grow… - Dr Andrew Hacket-Pain

This talk focuses on recent work on the dynamics of “masting”. This is a fascinating reproductive strategy found in many perennial plants, in which plants switch between years of bumper and lean seed crops, rather than producing seeds and fruits regularly every year.

On View: an introduction to the Eric Newby Collection

This display reflects the extraordinary kaleidoscope of Newby’s life and times: seaman, soldier (prisoner of war), fashion buyer, travel writer, photographer and first travel editor of a national newspaper.

Our Planet children's lecture

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

What’s your data doing? Developing data-led fieldwork, in partnership with WJEC / Eduqas

Join us at our Data Skills in Geography training event, led by RGS-IBG Data Skills Champions Chloe Searl and Dawn Thomas, which will help you to plan your NEA fieldwork.

From city to sea: microplastics in UK rivers - Professor Jamie Woodward

Research on microplastics has largely focused on the oceans, but what is the contribution from our rivers? 

Dealing with disease: evaluating responses in the developing world - Dr Gill Miller

This talk explores the challenges facing global and local stakeholders in dealing with disease in the developing world. 

The secrets of Vulcan: the hidden world of underwater volcanoes - Chris Macleod

Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes—all you need to know! More details to be announced here nearer the event. 

The two Sudans - Christopher Peskett

Chris will describe the important work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in both Sudan and South Sudan and the link between landscape, climate and health.

Launching the ‘Geography and Education Research Group’ of the RGS-IBG

To celebrate the Higher Education Research Group becoming the Geography and Education Research Group (GeogEd) we are hosting a two-day conference and workshop event at University of the West of England.

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.

Expedition: voyages to undiscovered places - Steve Backshall

Steve recounts astonishing tales from a year of expeditions. From first ascents of Arctic peaks to first descents of Himalayan rivers - he talks of narrow escapes and lessons learned from his extraordinary year.

Where physical and digital worlds collide - Paul Clarke CBE

The age of the smart mobile machine is upon us. Paul will explore the intersection between artificial intelligence, robots and their environments, and implications for our country and our planet.

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!

Primary teacher CPD - strengthening geography in the primary phase

This CPD day for primary teachers, led by Dr Paula Owens, will look at developing and teaching a worthwhile geography curriculum and building progression in geography. An additional session will be led on primary fieldwork, with some practical work outside.

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.

A planet of three billion- Dr Christopher Tucker

How many people can the Earth support? Christopher encourages us to think geographically about the Earth’s carrying capacity whilst considering the perils faced by our planet and our species, and how to survive them.

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.

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. 

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.

Going places with geography (year 9)

An exciting opportunity for pupils who are considering geography as a GCSE option to find out more about the subject and progression. Our Geography Ambassadors will run a day of informative, interactive and fun sessions at the Society in London.

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.

Wilding: the return of the British farm - Isabella Tree

Isabella tells the story of a daring rewilding experiment at Knepp Estate in West Sussex, showing how a wilder countryside can benefit farming, nature and us.

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.

Economic Geography Research Group - Diversity and inclusion event

Join the EGRG to discuss how economic geographers can better identify and reduce barriers for equality, diversity and inclusion in their work.

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. 

Life on the Mosquito Coast - Rozemin Keshvani and Guillaume Bonne

Join photographer Guillaume Bonn and curator Rozemin Keshvani as they discuss Bonn’s photo essay on forgotten colonialism “Mosquito Coast”.

Portraits of No Man’s Land - Dr Alasdair Pinkerton and Dr Noam Leshem

No man’s lands are proliferating in today's turbulent world. Using digital archives and immersive technology, Alasdair and Noam explore the stories of places that remain locked behind barbed wire and minefields.

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

School Member lecture: Natural justice - Professor Lorna Dawson

An opportunity for A Level students to attend one of the Society's prestigious lectures.

Stop talking about migration and start discussing inequality - Professor Heaven Crawley

The Director of the world’s largest migration research project argues that inequality should be central to our thinking about migration and how inequality is an important analytical tool for understanding migration processes and outcomes.

Prediction of eruptions - Paul Cole

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

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.

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! 

'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.

A look at Singapore's longer history, c. 1300 - 1950 - Professor Peter Borschberg

Peter explores how the strategic location of Singapore has historically made it a contested space and what role the island and its settlements have played across the centuries.

On View: through a photographer’s lens

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

Going places with geography (year 9)

An exciting opportunity for pupils who are considering geography as a GCSE option to find out more about the subject and progression. Our Geography Ambassadors will run a day of informative, interactive and fun sessions at the Society in London.

The future of food

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

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.

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.

The Polar Ocean Challenge - Sir David Hempleman-Adams

Having successfully crewed the first British sailing boat to sail around the North East/North West passages in one season, David gives us his personal account of this exciting journey and the consequences of this venture.

Subject Knowledge Update: Russia, climate and governance

An opportunity for teachers to explore topics such as climate change and global governance to aid with the teaching of Russia across KS3-5.

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.

Portraits of No Man’s Land - Dr Alasdair Pinkerton and Dr Noam Leshem

No man’s lands are proliferating in today's turbulent world. Using digital archives and immersive technology, Alasdair and Noam explore the stories of places that remain locked behind barbed wire and minefields.

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.
 

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.

‘The lines, which are so very fine’ - Dr Katy Barrett

‘The lines, which are so very fine’: John Harrison, William Hogarth and the trouble with drawing a line of Longitude. Katy considers how a clockmaker and an engraver played their parts in how the longitude problem was solved on paper, in London, before it could ever be resolved at sea.

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.

Conference - Fieldwork and Independent Investigation with ArcGIS Online

The conference will focus on the use of ArcGIS for fieldwork and the A Level Independent Investigation. It is run in partnership with Esri UK and will be led by their education team.

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.
 

What fate for the ice sheets? - Dr Tamsin Edwards

Greenland and Antarctica are distant, unfamiliar places. We hear of giant icebergs breaking away, glaciers crumbling: but how much we do know about the fate of these great ice sheets?

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. 

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.

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?
 

EVC update workshop - March 2020

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

Leading together: a conference for Heads of Geography

Aimed at both new and established Heads of Geography, this conference provides a range of sessions to support and develop the key skills needed to successfully run a department.

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. 

Members' social

Enjoy a buffet meal with other Fellows and members and, if you wish, bring some pictures, maps or other memories of your travels.

Getting to net-zero: What can nature do? - Professor Gideon Henderson

The UK’s climate change targets commit the country to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Getting there will mean some big changes to agriculture and land-use. DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser explains how this can be done.

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. 

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.

Going places with geography (year 9)

An exciting opportunity for pupils who are considering geography as a GCSE option to find out more about the subject and progression. Our Geography Ambassadors will run a day of informative, interactive and fun sessions at the Society in London.

Geographical lates: British landscapes

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

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.

Living with Wildlife - Dr Krithi Karanth

Krithi will explore the collapse and recovery of wildlife across India over the last two centuries, and share her insights into the development of conservation interventions in addressing human-wildlife conflicts.

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.

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.

The journey of the mask - Chris Rainer

Chris Rainier has spent thirty years exploring masks of the world. Chris will explain the meaning behind mask rituals and why humans have worn masks since the dawn of civilization.

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.
 

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.

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.

Conference - Fieldwork and Independent Investigation with ArcGIS Online

The conference will focus on the use of ArcGIS for fieldwork and the A Level Independent Investigation. It is run in partnership with Esri UK and will be led by their education team.