This autumn, the majority of the Society’s events, including our Monday night lectures and teacher CPD sessions, are taking place online. Any face-to-face events will be held in a COVID-19 secure venue.
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An exhibition of a selection of the captivating photographs which were shortlisted for Earth Photo 2020.
5 November 2020
[Online] Essential training for new EVCs responsible for the policies and practice around risk management for out-of-school visits.
24 November 2020
[Online] 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.
[Online] This year the annual HGRG Practising Historical Geography Conference will engage with the theme of decolonising historical geography, and has two connected sessions via Zoom on Tuesday 24 November and Tuesday 8 December.
[Online] 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.
25 November 2020
[Online] Chartered Geographer is the Society's professional accreditation for those using their geographical skills, knowledge and understanding in the workplace. Join this webinar to learn more about the benefits of becoming Chartered.
[Online] A careers webinar with insights and advice from professional geographers working in the sector.
[Online] This half-day, scenario-based course is for school EVCs and senior management. It is intended to meet the needs of staff who may have a role to play during a visit emergency.
26 November 2020
[Postponed] 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.
[Online] The second in a series of three events as part of our Geography and Core Maths initiative: Interpreting graphs.
30 November 2020
[Postponed] An award winning travel writer specialising in Africa, takes us on a journey across the continent’s sub Saharan regions to show how vital sustainable tourism can be for the people and wildlife of these countries.
[Online] In 1874, John Forrest led an expedition on a 2,700 mile crossing of Australia’s Western Desert. This lecture re-examines the expedition from the perspective of those through whose country it passed, and its place in British imperial history.
[Online] Globalisation is most often discussed in the context of the economy, but what is its impact on the environment? Is it inevitably bad news or is there hope for the future?
[Online] A session focused on the evaluative demands posed by geography assessment objectives, and strategies for developing students' evaluative capabilities. Please note that this event is for teachers.
1 December 2020
[Online] For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. James Cheshire talks through the fascinating stories of animal behaviour, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.
2 December 2020
[Postponed] An exhibition of a selection of the captivating photographs which were shortlisted for Earth Photo 2020.
[Online] A careers webinar with insights and advice from professional geographers working in the sector.
[Online] This session will focus upon GCSE content for teaching about changing UK human landscapes, including urban and UK economic change. This is core to all GCSE Geography specifications.
3 December 2020
[Online] Join us for an informal discussion as we delve into this masterpiece of nature writing where Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland.
[Online] Our annual children’s lecture will take place entirely online with a host of experts sharing their stories to enthuse and inform our young audience about our precious and extraordinary planet we call home.
5 December 2020
[Online] An opportunity to practise reviewing and modelling both shorter and longer responses, and to learn how to approach the extended writing so that students can get the best possible outcomes in A Level geography.
7 December 2020
[Online] Hear how Sir Michael and his team overcame the difficulties to make a documentary series in one of the least visited countries in the world.
[Online] Join the South regional committee for this festive online ‘live’ quiz for members and Fellows.
10 December 2020
[Online] The third in a series of three events as part of our Geography and Core Maths initiative: Using and exploring large datasets.
[Online] Ethiopia, a historical recipient of targeted food aid, is exceptionally botanically rich. Dr Borrell will discuss recent research efforts to map the diversity and distribution of enset, a giant banana relative providing staple food for 20 million people.
14 December 2020
[Online] Join us to learn more about geohazards, with a particular focus on tectonic hazards. This workshop will be led by Dr Matthew Blackett from Coventry University.
[Online] In assessing and engaging with digitised manuscripts, journals, diaries, letters, and notebooks, Kate looks to uncover the muted narratives of women in the record of exploration.
[Online] Get to know some of the East of England Committee members and what they get up to in their spare time at this fun virtual get-together.
15 December 2020
16 December 2020
19 December 2020
[Online] Not all fires are the same. Jay will talk about how Indigenous burning practices protect biodiversity, culture and climate. Changing narratives are key to better living with fire.
11 January 2021
[Online] Ensuring aid safetly reaches the right place is a vital job. Henry will give us insight into the obstacles in supplying aid and the strategies used to overcome them.
12 January 2021
[Online] To discover more of the story of its independence, Olie Hunter Smart takes on an immense challenge to walk the length of India - a 4,500km journey over seven months seeking out untold stories of Independence and Partition.
14 January 2021
[Online] Hartwig discusses how the British Museum collaborates with a network of individuals, institutions and communities across the globe to share their stories both at the Museum and with the world.
18 January 2021
[Online] As a quantitative human geographer, Cait's research investigates the causes and consequences of different types of spatial inequality, with a particular interest in energy poverty and energy justice. She uses quantitative, spatial datasets and methods to understand inequality across multiple scales.
19 January 2021
20 January 2021
[Online] In his new history of the exploration of the steppes, Nick Fielding shows that there is a hidden and far more diverse history for this vast region that is commonly known in the West, and that Western travellers and adventurers have been visiting this area since the days of the Mongols.
25 January 2021
[Online] Leading cartographer with the British Antarctic Survey will explain the development of his latest map series that unfold new stories of Antarctica, revealing the landscape in ways never seen before.
[Online] This online session is aimed at teachers who are interested in using Earth Observation data in the classroom. We will show how Earth Observation is an essential tool for helping us better understand geographical processes at a range of scales.
27 January 2021
[Online] Dr. Samantha Cope (Havant Borough Council), Dr. Matthew Wadey (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council), Dr. Ivan Haigh (National Oceanography Centre) present SCOPAC research results that suggest a trend of increased storminess could be underway on England’s south coast.
[Online] Oriana F. Wilson CBE was married to Dr Edward Wilson, Captain Scott's best friend. From housewife to CBE and NHM collector, Woman with the Iceberg Eyes traces the fascinating story of an Edwardian lady after whom Oriana Ridge, Antarctica, is named.
1 February 2021
[Online] From vast deserts, deep oceans to dinosaur-filled swamps, the Jurassic Coast is one of the world's greatest geological wonders. By showcasing the hidden clues, this extraordinary story will be revealed.
3 February 2021
This session will examine the distinctive characteristics and diverse landforms associated with areas of ice-rich permafrost.
[Online] Emma will discuss her expedition journey from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, across the Davis Strait to Resolute, Nunavut.
4 February 2021
[Online] What does innovation look like under state control? Dr Wenying Fu explores the state-market nexus using case studies from the electronics industry in China.
8 February 2021
[Online] On February 5th 1931, British explorer Bertram Thomas became the first person to cross the largest sand desert on Earth. Hear how Mark and his Omani companions retraced Thomas’s footsteps on their own 49 day journey from Salalah to Doha.
10 February 2021
[Online] The artificially created national park of the Broads has a fascinating history. This Lecture delves into its history and archeology to explain its unique qualities.
11 February 2021
[Online] Professor Larner will challenge accounts of the ‘neoliberal university’ by discussing the growing recognition that research excellence takes multiple forms. She will identify the rise of ‘inclusive excellence’ and discuss the implications for universities.
15 February 2021
17 February 2021
[Online] Travel 3500 km, by canoe and on skis, along the Kolyma River in Siberia, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, and a place where Stalin placed his worst reputed penal colonies.
[Online] A look at the developments in 3D visualisation of geodata and the interactions between the geospatial and simulation communities that are driving new technological developments in this area. Presented by Christopher Budas, Geospatial Scientist at the Defence Science Technology Laboratory.
18 February 2021
[Online] Hilary and Janice tell us about their visit to Socotra, a Yemeni Island off the coasts of Arabia and Africa, with its pink rocks, chubby desert roses and dragon’s blood trees like giant mushrooms.
22 February 2021
[Online] TeachChats are an informal way to find out more about a variety of aspects associated with teaching geography. This session we will be looking at how best to embed careers education into your teaching in a meaningful and useful way.
23 February 2021
24 February 2021
[Online] This talk recounts how people of Punjabi descent worked with the Society's archive to explore the places associated with their ancestral heritage using maps and photographs alongside their own family archives.
1 March 2021
[Online] 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.
[Online] A panel featuring contributors to the Geography Directions blog discussing latest geographical research on the economic impacts of COVID-19, with a particular focus on food supply.
2 March 2021
[Online] Dr Alan Crofts, an accomplished organiser of independent exploratory expeditions in desert regions, will present an entertaining summary of conducting global expeditions to desert lands.
4 March 2021
[Online] Sue, an award winning travel writer specialising in Africa, takes us on a journey across the continent’s sub Saharan regions to show how vital sustainable tourism can be for the people and wildlife of these countries.
8 March 2021
[Online] This session uses an immersive, ground-level virtual field trip from the University of Worcester to explore the Moiry Valley.
9 March 2021
[Online] There are over 250 lost or ruined churches and religious remains in Norfolk. Illustrating these with his sublime photographs, Clive will gives us a tour of these wonderful structures.
[Online] In this talk, David will discuss the transition of St Ives, a failing industrial town, into a prime tourist destination, facilitated by the arrival of the artists, the railway and the fishermen.
10 March 2021
[Online] An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire.
11 March 2021
[Online] Paul Clements delves into the Shannon heartland on a footstepping quest to recreate the trip of Richard Hayward eighty years earlier.
[Online] 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.
15 March 2021
[Online] Over three quarters of the UK population live in towns and cities, which are increasingly seen as vital areas for the future of nature. Is there good reason to believe that greening our built landscape will result in a better climate, greater biodiversity and improved mental and physical health?
16 March 2021
Supporting planning in primary Geography and History to strengthen links between the subjects and amplify learning
19 March 2021
[Online] From expeditions in Africa, through the debating halls of the Royal Geographical Society, to a study in Trieste, this talk recounts the extraordinary life of explorer Richard Burton whilst embracing the wider history of 19th century science.
22 March 2021
[Online] Explore beneath the muddy waters of Mozambique to discover the forces that cause floods, and see how global flood forecasting is helping people cheat fate and choose their own destiny.
[Online] Archives and collections assembled as part of colonial projects are troubling presences in our cultural and scientific institutions. Can they also play a role in repairing past injustices and building more positive relationships in the present?
29 March 2021
Why did people in the 18th and 19th centuries become fascinated by high mountains which had previously been regarded as desolate wastelands? What drove them, and especially the English, to risk their lives on perilous first ascents of unclimbed summits?
31 March 2021
[Online] The Climate Emergency is an increasingly important topic and many resources have appeared to help teach it in schools. But what should you use? How can you incorporate it in your lessons and and find time to do so?
10 May 2021
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