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.

Earth Photo - open house

An ‘open house’ introduction to the Earth Photo exhibition, led by Alasdair MacLeod.

A day at Dolebury hill fort - Les Davies

Join Les Davies 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.

Better Mapping London 2018

Our day of seminars features a number of expert presenters, covering a range of topics and techniques that are designed to help you improve the quality, accuracy and effectiveness of your maps and presentation of geospatial data.

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?

Earth Photo photographic workshop

This free to access workshop is intended for beginner and intermediate photographers.

Dragons of Komodo - Michael Pitts

Michael Pitts will speak about his exciting 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?

Expedition and wilderness medicine: an introduction for early career medics

An afternoon workshop to assist early career health professionals who wish to practice expedition or wilderness medicine. Open to junior doctors and medical students, early career wilderness medics and nurses.

Environmental science, GIS, and the Sustainable Development Goals

In partnership with the University of Southampton, we are running free hands on activities for teachers of geography and environmental science.

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'.

American Sublime: The geographical life and times of Thomas Cole

Talk and On View display, organised to complement the National Gallery’s current exhibition, Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire.

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?

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.

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?

Walking solo across the desert of death - Rob Lilwall

Join the Singapore Committee for this talk by Rob Lilwall about his expedition across the epic Taklamakan desert in China.

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.  

How smart is your city - Sunand Prasad

The smart paradigm has become shorthand for the technological, economic and cultural challenges facing todays cities. Sunand considers cities old and new, and explores how design allows them to be both beautiful and smart.

Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture (book by noon on Friday 21 September).

Treading lightly: exploring the mountains of Europe - Darren Axe

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

Deserts CPD

This workshop will be run in partnership with the Outward Bound Field Centre, Oman.

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.

A Level fieldwork day

A physical geography fieldwork day for geography teachers, aiming to support the provision of local fieldwork and to introduce different fieldwork techniques.

Migrants on the margins - Mike Collyer

Migrants on the margins focuses on the vulnerability and opportunities of migrants in some of the world’s most pressured cities. Members of the research team outline some of their findings so far.

Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture (book by noon on Friday 28 September).

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 completed the walk from the source of the Zambezi in North West Zambia to its mouth in Mozambique.

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.

Going Places with Geography (Year 9)

An exciting opportunity for pupils who are considering GCSE geography to find out more about the subject and progression. Our Geography Ambassadors will run informative, interactive and fun sessions.

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.

Fear and fishing in West Papua - Will Millard

After a decade of work in West Papua, BBC presenter and journalist Will Millard was diagnosed with PTSD.  This talk details both his work and trauma, and describes how a love for water has helped him recover.

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.

Galapagos Day

Tagged Galapagos giant tortoise hatchling - credit GTMEP

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.

John Thomson: pioneer of travel photography - Deborah Ireland

Deborah explores how 1886 RGS Instructor in Photography, John Thompson, applied images to the science of geography, to guide and influence a new generation of travellers.

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.

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.

The women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

A team of novice polar explorers from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the rapidly dwindling sea ice of the Arctic Ocean in this tale of faith, hope and cultural insight.

Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture (book by noon on Friday 19 October).

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.

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

POSTPONED (please note new date). 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?

The painted towns of Rajasthan - David Zurick

This illustrated lecture explores beauty and ruin in the old caravansary towns of the Thar Desert in Shekhawati, and highlights conservation efforts aimed at preserving the region’s fading visual culture.

Pre-bookable supper in the Map Room follows this lecture (book by noon on Friday 26 October).

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. 

An evening in the ocean - Paul Rose

A career of professional diving in the world's wildest, remote, challenging and pristine places gives Paul a unique perspective of our seas. Can we be more optimistic about the future health of our Oceans? 

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.

Hamilton Rice's Amazon

This 1924-5 film follows Dr Hamilton Rice as he embarks on his final expedition of the easterly tributaries of the Amazonian basin. The second film to be screened from the Society's recently digitised film archives. 

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.

Explore 2018: the expedition and fieldwork planning seminar

Explore is the starting point for many innovative field research projects and expeditions. Over 100 contributors will give lectures, run workshops and exhibts, providing inspiration, contacts and practical advice.


Disruptive geographers: big data and flood risk modelling - Professor Paul Bates

Paul will show how Geographers and their technologies have challenged and disrupted traditional approaches to understanding floods.

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.

Unlocking sustainable cities – what would real change mean? Professor Paul Chatterton

Professor Paul Chatterton from the University of Leeds will discuss his new book ‘Unlocking sustainable cities’ which offers a means to challenge unsustainable and damaging practices in our cities.

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 fight for beauty - Dame Fiona Reynolds

Fiona reflects on why beauty matters, yet barely features in public debate and policy. She will argue that beauty is needed to moderate the increasingly commercial, economistic narrative that prevails today.

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.


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.

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.

A journey through Hungary

A country with a fascinating history; discover the richness of Hungary's culture, landscape and culinary palette. 

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.

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.

Drowning in plastic - Liz Bonnin

BBC's Liz Bonnin discusses one of the biggest environmental disasters of our time. 

African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent - Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Award-winning photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher share the images and experiences behind the making of their new magnum opus, African Twilight.

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. 

Is the Paris climate agreement still viable?

A panel of experts discuss the progress made in tackling climate change since December 2015 and examine the many problems which lie ahead. 

Children's lecture - Breaking the norm

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

Spaces of Internationalism - Professor Mike Heffernan

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

A pre-bookable supper in the Map Room follows this lecture (book by noon on Friday 7 December). 

Prized possessions from amazing locations

Christmas Social including a three course meal.


The landscapes of Jane Austen - Dr Alan Crosby

Jane Austen lived at a time when fashions in landscape design were in the process of change. This talk considers landscape design in the late Georgian and Regency periods, in the context of those wonderful masterpieces of literature. 


Bridging the development gap - 21 May 2019

Bridging the gap events provide sixth form students the experience of what studying geography at university level is like.