Icons on ice – Rod Downie

Rod shares his experience in developing innovative solutions to better understand and conserve polar bears in the rapidly changing Arctic.

BS 8848 compliance workshop

A full day workshop for those wishing to use BS 8848 to evaluate existing safety management procedures against the national standard.

Simon Armitage in conversation

This spring we welcome multi-award-winning poet Simon Armitage to the Society in conversation with Martine Croxall.

Geography in a changing world - Dr Rita Gardner

In her last lecture as Director, Rita draws on her physical geography background and experience of leading the Society to explore the place of the discipline in a rapidly changing world at home and abroad.

Be Inspired: Travels with Tippu

Stuart Laing traces the adventurous life of Tippu Tip, an ivory trader in late 19th century East Africa, who assisted Western explorers and also became pivotal in Arab-European confrontation during the Scramble for Africa.

Stories from the Steppe - Karina Moreton

An illustrated talk that weaves together stories of the people, the landscapes and the issues facing Mongolia. Karina draws on her16 years’ experience of exploring and working in Mongolia.

Pre-bookable supper follows this lecture (book by noon on Friday 6 April).

Blue Planet II: untold stories from magical worlds - Orla Doherty

Orla shares stories from her four-year journey, producing two episodes of Blue Planet II, about the little-known deep sea and the future of our oceans.

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?

Be Inspired: Through the lens of John Thomson

John Thomson became RGS Instructor in Photography in 1886. He was a pioneer in the application of photography.

On View: Oceans of enlightenment

From Cook and Lapérouse to Fitzroy and Dumont d’Urville, a look at the great scientific voyages of the 18th and 19th centuries through the splendidly illustrated folios and elephant folios in our Collections. 

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.

Anita Rani in conversation

From fronting global documentaries such as My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, to jumping into a pair of muddy wellies on Countryfile, it’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing her. 

Be Inspired: Popski and Bagnold, desert and war

An exploration of some long-hidden stories, letters, maps and photographs about men, guns and sand. 

Camera trapping workshop

A one day workshop looking at the range of studies which may benefit from camera trapping and how to set up a systematic survey in the field.

Taiwan: Discovering Places

With a dazzling display of spring cherry blossoms, some of the best food in Asia and its lush mountainous island setting, Taiwan is Asia’s best-kept secret.

Annual Reception

Join us to celebrate another sucessful year for the Society. 

Educational Visits Coordinator update

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

Off-site safety management

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

OSSM training the trainer

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.

Midsummer garden party

Join us for an evening to celebrate all things Nordic, including the long summer nights. 

School Member lecture: Water security

An opportunity for A Level students to attend one of the Society's prestigious lectures. This lecture is open to School Members only.