Enduring Eye: the Antarctic legacy of Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

Honouring the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917, newly digitised images reveal previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival both before and after their ship was destroyed.

Spaces of Internationalism

At a moment when global cooperation is under threat, this exhibition examines the history of internationalism, with particular reference to RGS-IBG’s international role.

Chasing fire - Dr Thomas Smith

Through sharing his experiences of chasing wildfires accross four continents, Thomas will explore the science of 'pyrogeography' and what it can tell us about the drivers and impacts of environmental change. 

On View: Mapping the peace

David McNeill illustrates how maps reflected and were affected by the Versailles Peace Conference.

Using GIS to solve humanitarian crises in un-mapped areas - Dr Jonny Huck

Please note new date. Join Jonny as he discusses his work in un-mapped environments to support humanitarian crisis relief.

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.

Building bridges from the Foyle to Ojague: Philip Donald

Philip will describe his experiences and the challenges involved in building the Foyle bridge and bridges for villages in West Africa.

Natural justice – Professor Lorna Dawson

This lecture explores the many ways that the natural environment can deliver to the criminal justice system. 

Southampton: gateway to the world - Andy Skinner

For well over 2,000 years, Southampton has played host to soldiers, travellers, merchants and emigrants. Join Andy from SeaCity Museum for a whistle-stop discovery of this remarkable history and the stories of people who called it home.

Sand and the sandbank

Event held by the Geological Society in association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

A discussion aiming to consider sand as a commodity, exploring its supply and markets, and sharing knowledge on best practices for resource management.

A Level study day - Year 12

This study day gives Year 12 students the opportunity to improve their subject knowledge, receive useful examination technique guidance and learn more about 'thinking like a geographer'.

Iditarod trail: The last great race on Earth - Max Hall

The Iditarod Trail sled dog race is a legendary journey of epic proportions across the frozen wastelands of the Alaskan wilderness. It includes 1,160 miles of snowy wilderness, crossing mountain ranges and sea ice. In this talk, Max Hall will show slides of the epic journey and discuss his unforgettable experiences on the trail. 

The immeasurable world: journeys in desert places – William Atkins

William recounts his experiences of some of the world's driest places, from the borderlands of the USA to the sacred deserts of Egypt's Desert Fathers.

Exploring market-based fixes for climate change - Dr Peter Howson

POSTPONED: Peter considers the ups and downs of market-based conservation as an alternative to oil palm in Indonesia.

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

In advance of his Monday night lecture in London, Klaus discusses how and where the Arctic is changing and why it matters to those who call it home and those who don’t.

School Member lecture: Carbon cycle

Professor Jeremy Pritchard from the University of Birmingham will discuss the Carbon cycle.

Endangered or vulnerable: lessons from snow leopard research: Ian Convery and Volker Deeke

Combining camera trap data and environmental modelling a team of University of Cumbria researchers set out to investigate the state of a snow leopard population in Kazakhstan's Ile Alatau mountains.

Explore South West: Friday night lecture

Explore South West launches with this public panel discussion on the topic "Is there anything left to explore in the 21st century?".

Explore South West 2019

A one day seminar for anyone planning expeditions and field research overseas, with a focus on self-led student projects.

Erebus, The Story of a Ship - Sir Michael Palin

Balloted Monday night lecture. Sir Michael Palin will retrace the history of HMS Erebus and her crew; from the part it played in Ross' Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition.

The last radioactive woodpecker - Charles Barder

Charles Barder will be speaking about motoring from the splendour of Goodwood to the steppes of Mongolia with no route, no backup... and one mid-life crisis. 

Of Darwin and dwarfs: sea levels, ice ages and evolution - Professor Adrian Lister

Join Professor Adrian Lister from the Natural History Museum for a talk on sea levels, ice ages and evolution.

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.

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.

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.

Globalisation and the future of the city - Dr Robert Cowley

Rob describes the processes of globalisation and outlines some changes in the way cities have become imagined relating to these processes.  He identifies four internationally influential sets of ideas which offer urban solutions and illustrates how these ideas have been put into practice on the ground.

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.

Are we wearing out the planet?

Join us to discuss the environmental damage caused by the fashion industry and possible solutions.

James Aldred and Jonathan Drori in conversation

Join us for an in-tree-guing evening as James and Jonathan share their passion and enthusiasm for all things trees.
 

The map tour – Hugh Thomson

Maps can be beautiful, iconic and influential. Hugh draws on the Society's unparalleled collection to show how they have lured travellers to places from the 1600s to the present day.

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.

Be Inspired: Crusoe's Island

Marking the 300th anniversary of Defoe's classic, Alexander Maitland sketches the life and adventures of the original Robinson Crusoe.

Geography and technology: field reconnaissance from your desktop - Dr Leanne Wake

An interactive demonstration of open source software to search remotely sensed imagery for suitable field sites to reduce time and expense in the field.

 

Focus on travel photography

Join our panel of experts as they share some of their favourite shots and explain how to get the best results from your camera.

 

Fur seals, whales, candles and soap - Brian Anderson

Stunning images show what a difference the last 50 years of international protection has had on species in the South Atlantic.

The age of geography - Nicholas Crane

On this beautiful orb, we have reached the point in our collective journey where geographical knowledge is the best guarantor of our future. Nicholas Crane makes the case for the great age of geography.
 

The rise (and fall) of studentification - Professor Tony Champion

This talk considers the colonisation of residential neighbourhoods by university students and some recent changes in student and developer behaviours which may help to curb the further expansion of studentified residential areas.

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.

Impacts of 1.5ºC of warming on coastal and marine system - Dr Sally Brown

One of the lead authors of the IPCC October 2018 report chapter on ‘Impacts on Natural and Human Systems’, Sally will speak on the impacts of 1.5°C of warming on coastal and marine areas, particularly in the South of England.

Less is more: community conservation in the rainforest - Matthew Owen

With the majority of tropical deforestation taking place in small plots, rainforest protection depends on local communities. Cool Earth has pioneered a light touch model that puts local people in control.
 

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.

An uphill battle - Theresa Breuer and Hanifa Yousoufi

Hanifa and Theresa recount the events that led to the first female Afghan ascent of Mt Noshaq, Afghanistan's highest peak, overcoming multiple political, cultural and environmental challenges.
 

Be Inspired: The expeditions and legacy of Sir Frederick Lugard

Rory O'Grady tells the extraordinary story of Sir Frederick Lugard, the soldier, anti-slavery activist, adventurer and explorer who became the first Governor-General of Nigeria and a Governor of Hong Kong.

Cape Town to Norfolk in a 1959 Riley - Robert Chalmers

Robert recounts key aspects of travelling overland through sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, Iran and back to the UK.

Neanderthal landscapes of the channel river valley - Rebecca Scott

Rebecca Scott, from the British Museum, discusses the Neanderthal landscapes of the channel river valley.

The forgotten forests of Latin America - Professor Toby Pennington

Toby will describe the beautiful tropical dry forests and woody savannas of Latin America, the threats they face and what we can do to ensure they have a safe future.

Geographical journeys: microlectures

An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire, hosted by Mary-Ann Ochota. 

Sail Britain: learning on the seas, connecting with the ocean - Oliver Beardon

See the blue planet from an entirely new perspective: where scientists, sailors, artists and researchers meet on the seas of the UK's coastline.

River of life, river of death: the Ganges under threat - Victor Mallet

Victor tells the story of the sacred river and explains how the fate of the world's most important waterway has
lessons for all the great rivers of our planet.

Have camera, will travel - Sarah Canton

Join Sarah on her travels from South India to The Hebrides, a photographic journey spanning two decades of adventure.

Hidden histories of women and exploration - Dr Sarah Evans

Dr Sarah Evans will speak about women’s participation in RGS-supported expeditions between 1913 and 1970.

International organisations: creators of our world - Dr Kirsten Haack

Kirsten will define international organisations and their various functions before considering how the UN has shaped our understanding of development and poverty, and how this has impacted on development policy.

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.

A night of geopolitics - Professor Danny Dorling and Professor Klaus Dodds

Danny will be talking about inequality and what Brexit teaches us about the British, while Klaus will be asking "who owns the Arctic?"

The wake of the whale - Professor Russell Fielding

Russell will describe the cultural traditions in Faroese and Vincentian whaling and how they impact on current sustainability practices.

Geographical smörgåsbord

A buffet-style showcase of some of the most exciting and original new work examining environmental issues.

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.

British Standard 8848 workshop

British Standard BS 8848 specifies operational requirements for providers of overseas ventures. The workshop will assist those using the standard to benchmark exising safety management systems within their own organisations.

 

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.  

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.
 

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.

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.

 

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.