What the traveller saw: the photographs of Eric Newby

[Closed] This exhibition displays a selection of stunning photographs from Newby’s travels. Extended until 14 April 2020.

Everest: a reconnaissance

[Closed] An exhibition of the first platinum prints to be created from the original 1921 negatives housed at the Society, including photographs by George Mallory. 

John Ruskin and the geology of the hills

[Cancelled] Exhibition about John Ruskin and the geology of the hills, displayed in the Blue Gallery.

The journey of the mask - Chris Rainier

[Cancelled] 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.

Delivering multiple co-benefits in blue-green cities

[Postponed until Autumn] Explore the benefits of and barriers to blue-green cities in this discussion forum for professionals, policy-makers and researchers working on flood resilience and urban development.

On the trail of the Titans - Eleanor Drinkwater

[Cancelled] Eleanor will talk about the recent expedition with ecologist Laura Kor and cameraman Chris Guggiari-Peel which set out to track the world’s biggest beetle and learn about the invertebrate trade.

Wild: life and landscape - Ben Osborne

[Cancelled] Award-winning photographer, Ben Osborne, reflects on a lifetime of travelling the world and photographing some of the most remote locations on the planet.

Building and deploying DIY web-connected field sensors and data loggers

[Postponed] Led by Dr Mark Mulligan from King’s College London, this full day workshop covers how to design, build and code your own DIY sensors and data loggers. Whether you want to monitor rivers, climate, soil, biodiversity, people or whatever you can think of, this is the event for you.

Map, chart, slide and artefacts evening

[Cancelled] A chance to hear members' own stories, talking for ten minutes about their travels, treasurers and experiences.

The native daffodils of Snowdonia - Rob Collister

[Cancelled] Discover the native daffodils of Snowdonia National Park in full bloom in this easy stroll.

The killer question

[Cancelled] Join a panel of experts to discuss our understanding of outbreaks such as influenza, Ebola, Zika and Covid-19, and the role geographers play in preparing for pandemics.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] 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. 

Tackling the climate and housing crises through community-led living - Professor Paul Chatterton

[Cancelled] The co-founder of Low Impact Living Affordable Community (Lilac) reflects on life with over fifty neighbours over six years, where residents experiment with living in an affordable, co-operative home ownership community made from straw and wood.

Be Inspired: Building climate resilience from past experiences - Neil MacDonald

[Cancelled] Historical records provide valuable information detailing how past communities have responded and adapted to extreme weather events, which can inform future responses.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] 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.

Dangerous neighbours: living alongside erupting volcanoes - Jenni Barclay

[Cancelled] Part of the Cardiff University School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Using Earth Observation data in your teaching

[Cancelled] This session is aimed at teachers who are interested in using Earth Observation data in the classroom.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] 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.
 

Out of thin air

[Postponed until April 2021] Exhibition of new mountainscapes of Nepal and India with archival exhibition of photographs from the Society’s Collections.

Negative emissions: removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - Professor Rachael James

[Cancelled] Paris Agreement goals cannot be achieved without active removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This talk presents some of the new technologies that are emerging for carbon dioxide removal.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] 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.

Talking about geography with geographers

[Cancelled] Come along and enjoy an informal evening of networking and short presentations for everyone interested in geography. Additional presenters welcome.

Measuring correlation in A level geography

In this online session, we will take a look at the ideas around correlation, why it is a vital tool in geography and show how using technology can help students visualise these concepts easily.

Unearthing hidden secrets from the ocean mud - Dr Fabienne Marret-Davies

[Cancelled] Looking into the past helps us understand our current and future situation. The talk will focus on how well-preserved palaeoceanographic indicators have helped to refine understanding of past climates, including resolving the Noah’s flood debate.

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

[Cancelled] 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.

Communities, conservation and sustainable travel in Africa - Sue Watt

[Cancelled] 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.

USA coast to coast to coast by Harley Davidson - Norman Harris

[Cancelled] A travelogue of Norman's solo 9000 mile ride from Philadelphia to San Francisco. 

Sun, sand and survival - Kit Maxwell

[Cancelled] Join veteran desert explorer Kit Constable Maxwell for an adventure across the Algerian desert, meeting the fascinating Touareg people in their home region.

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2020

[Cancelled] A supportive and friendly event for PhD students to present their work and meet others working in related fields. This interdisciplinary event is an excellent place to get feedback on your work, network, and practice your presentation skills.

Sitopia: the hidden power of food - Carolyn Steel

[Cancelled] Food shapes our lives and the hidden costs of cheap industrial food are destroying us and our planet; yet by valuing food again, we can harness its power to create a better world.

 

Thin Ice - Tim Jarvis

[Cancelled] Having retraced Shackleton’s 1916 survival journey, Tim explains how South Georgia’s glacial melt over the past 100 years has confirmed the importance of Shackletonian leadership in tackling climate change and given rise to his VR project ‘Thin Ice’.

Monday night supper- 4 May 2020

[Cancelled] Stay for supper at the Society after Thin Ice, a lecture given by Tim Jarvis, and meet other members and their guests.

Be Inspired: Woman with the Iceberg Eyes - Katherine Macinnes

[Cancelled] Woman with the iceberg eyes traces the fascinating story of an Edwardian lady for whom Oriana Ridge, Antarctica, is named.

Desert exploration for the busy professional - Dr Alan Crofts

[Cancelled] 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.

Navigating our way towards a plastic free ocean - Emily Penn

[Cancelled] Emily Penn is an ocean advocate and skipper. Having spent a decade at sea, she will share her adventures from her latest expedition 'Round the world' and her insights in developing upstream solutions.

Revolutionary ride - Lois Pryce

[Cancelled] Annual dinner and talk. Author and travel writer, Lois Pryce tells how she embarked upon a 3000 mile motorcycle ride around the Islamic Republic of Iran.

No place like home - Professor Joe Smith

[Cancelled] Humanity’s tenure on Earth has had very far-reaching consequences. Joe charts the past, present and future of environmental ideas and actions to help find a way through these difficult times.

Where the animals go - Dr James Cheshire

[Cancelled] James Cheshire talks through the fascinating stories of animal behaviour, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.

Volcanoes and human history - Caroline Williams and Cathy Cashman

[Cancelled] Part of the Cardiff University School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Off-site safety management

[Cancelled] 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.

Spatial Data Science Conference

[Postponed until 23 September] Now in its fourth year, the Spatial Data Science Conference is the leading event bringing together Data Scientists and Developers who specialize in working with spatial data.

Next generation utilities - Adrian Hale and Richard Woodling

The evening will comprise presentations from Adrian Hale (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council) and Richard Woodling (Ordnance Survey) on mapping developments in support of infrastructure planning for 5G connectivity.

Sitopia: the hidden power of food - Carolyn Steel

[Cancelled] Food shapes our lives and the hidden costs of cheap industrial food are destroying us and our planet; yet by valuing food again, we can harness its power to create a better world.

Mountain rescues from history

Revisit dramatic mountain rescues from the UK and abroad from the historic collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust. 

Geographical lates: 200 years of Antarctic exploration

[Cancelled] Join us for the evening to learn more about Antarctica’s unique geopolitical situation.

Romantic ruins, poisonous past - Vivienne Crow

[Cancelled] Whilst Gunnerside Gill looks idyllic, it hasn't always been so peaceful! Explore the lead mining history, the poisonous processes, and look at the legacy left behind by this once-deadly industry.

Chartered Geographer networking event

[Cancelled] A networking evening for all Chartered Geographers, and other professionals using geography in the workplace.

Digital transformation through geography and GIS - Adrian Friend CGeog (GIS)

[Cancelled] An exploration of the transformative power of geography to unlock huge potential in public and private organisations across the UK, realising the potential of geospatial data for the UK economy.

Monday night supper - 18 May 2020

[Cancelled] Stay for supper at the Society after Digital transformation through geography and GIS, a lecture given by Adrian Friend CGeog(GIS), and meet other members and their guests.

On View: The antipodes unveiled - Eugene Rae

[Cancelled] A lavish display of material from the RGS-IBG library depicting Australia and New Zealand supported by maps, photographs, archives and artefacts.

Year 12 geography at university

[Cancelled] 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.

Finding gold - Vincent Thurkettle

Vincent Thurkettle became fascinated with searching for natural gold after studying geology. Then he met a gold prospector and never looked back.

Members' and Fellows' show and tell

An evening of ten minute presentations, comprising maximum of 12 images, on specialist subjects or places visited near and far.

HMS Endurance in Antarctica - Rear Admiral Nick Lambert

[Cancelled] HMS Endurance in Antarctica: Nick takes a trip down memory lane with some reflections on the vitality of the marine environment.

Ernest Shackleton: the man and the myth - Stephen Scott-Fawcett

[Cancelled] Polar historian, Stephen Scott-Fawcett, talks about the myth and the reality of Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

Forbidden travel

[Cancelled] Join us for an evening of armchair travel as we transport ourselves to unusual destinations that are now off limits to tourists.
 

Nature writing book club: Dancing with bees

[Cancelled] Join us as we discuss Brigit Strawbridge Howard's passionate dive into the world of bees of all stripes.  

Rock and roll - Chris Speight

[Cancelled] The Tees was once a source of industry powering the people and fortunes of this area. Discover the hidden histories and find out how people have used and exploited it over time.

Annual reception

[Cancelled] Join us to celebrate another sucessful year for the Society.

Rewilding - the debate continues

[Cancelled] A panel of experts and local specialists will look to move the debate forward from last year’s discussion of what rewilding meant to consider what could and perhaps should be done to facilitate rewilding in Nidderdale. 

What makes a 'successful rural community'? - David Jackman

This is an interactive workshop, part of a BSI study into how communities can be strengthened or re-built.

Be Inspired: Always ready for an expedition - Natalie Cox

[Cancelled] This talk recounts the extraordinary life of explorer Richard Burton, 1821-1890, as we celebrate his bicentenary.

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the 'attractively impish' (Guardian) environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

MOVE – Management of Visit Emergencies 2020

[Cancelled] 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.

Online conference - Fieldwork and Independent Investigation with ArcGIS Online

This online 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.

Why geography is crucial to understanding the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 - Dr Dominic Fontana

This talk explains how and why local geographical factors were crucial in influencing a battle which determined the fate of the English crown and the subsequent history of the nation.
 

Day break on the Carneddau - Rob Collister

An unforgettable experience for adventurous types: join esteemed alpinist Rob Collister MBE for an overnight walk over the lesser-known Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia, to greet the morning sun. 

Explore Loughborough

[Postponed to 2021] Explore is a one day event for anyone planning expeditions and field research overseas, with a focus on self-led student projects.

Earth photo

[Cancelled] A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and four films that document the Earth in all its diversity.

Somerset Rural Life Museum and Glastonbury Tor - Les Davies MBE

A guided visit to the Rural Life Museum followed by an ascent of Glastonbury Tor.

Kents Cavern and Babbacombe - Pat Wilson

[Cancelled] Based on the Discovering Britain "Coves and Cliffs" walk, starting with an underground visit to Kents Cavern.
 

One man’s climb: a journey of trauma, tragedy and triumph on K2 - Adrian Hayes

Record-breaking adventurer, author and speaker, Adrian Hayes, presents the story of his attempts to climb the world’s notorious second highest mountain, and the book that arose from his journey.

Wilding the Nar Valley on the Westacre Estate - Fraser Bradbury

In this walk, guided by Fraser Bradbury, you will see the first stages of wood pasture restoration in this woodland and wetland site.

Participatory geographies away weekend

[Postponed] We welcome anybody practicing or interested in collaborative research to attend. During the weekend we shall have time to share ideas and to work through challenges we’re facing; to think and write; and to walk, relax and cook together.

Two woods on the summer solstice - Martin Haslett

Join Martin Haslett as he leads a three mile walk between two community woodlands, which both encourage wildlife and engage the local community.

Why this, why now? Thoughtful curriculum development in KS3 Geography and History

[Cancelled] An in depth look at the Key Stage Three curriculum for History and Geography, thinking about what you’re teaching, when you’re teaching it and why.

Summer garden party

[Cancelled] A reception and dinner will be followed by live music and dancing.

The Rochdale Nine - Mike Redfern

[Cancelled] A 1.5 mile guided walk through Manchester along the Rochdale Canal from Piccadilly to Castlefield, discovering the history, the architecture and the personalities of the world’s first industrial city.

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

Digimap for Schools for the primary geography curriculum

[Cancelled] Why is Digimap for Schools the perfect tool for delivering your primary geography curriculum? During our session we want to cover as many elements of the primary geography National Curriculum as possible.

Expedition medicine training

[Cancelled] A two-day course for those departing on expeditions to remote parts of the world where medical help is not readily available.

'FT for schools' online talk and workshop for teachers

The Society and the Financial Times are offering geography teachers the opportunity to find out more about the FT for schools programme.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

[Cancelled] The Great Exhibition Road Festival returns for a celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration.

Climate change and you

[Cancelled] Join our panel during London Climate Action Week to discuss the risks to the UK of a world that’s three degrees warmer.

Brantwood fluttery event - Martin Tordoff

Examine the light traps of Brantwood for an interesting array of summer moth species.
 

Guided butterfly walk

Guided butterfly walk covering a range of habitats in the Brantwood gardens.

Discovering Dolgellau: the natural and cultural history of Snowdonia - Rhys Gwynn

Join Rhys Gwynn for a botanical stroll amongst the wildflower-rich meadows of south Dolgellau. 

Year 12 going places with geography

[Cancelled] A day of informative sessions for Year 12 pupils who are considering geography as a career option to find out more about where studying geography can lead.

Geography and History - together stronger, but separate…

[Cancelled] Run in conjunction with the Historical Association, this participatory day course will support you in planning primary History and Geography in ways that strengthen links between the subjects and amplify learning.

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

Sustainable urban transport

[Cancelled] The panel will discuss the twin imperatives to tackle urban air quality and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our urban areas.  

Industrial archaeology of Tavistock - Andrew Thompson

[Cancelled] Morning talk focuses on Tavistock's role as a gateway to a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, and development of Bedford Cottages and canal. Followed by an afternoon guided walk of the area.

If at first you don’t succeed… Chris Speight

[Cancelled] Join us in Kielder. With its lack of crowds, fresh countryside air, secluded waterside bays and huge tree-lined paths you really get the sense you’re the last person on Earth.

Reaching for the Poles: from Phipps to Fiennes - Eugene Rae

Archivist Eugene Rae selects unique polar artefacts from the RGS-IBG Collections. 

Kingsweston and Blaise Castle Estates - Professor Kathryn Monk

Walk around the estate of the Grade 1 listed Kingsweston House (currently being restored) opening up new vistas. Picnic or café lunch and then onward to the adjacent Blaise Castle Estate, a SSSI and Roman Road.

Wilderness festival

The Society has curated a programme of talks that take you to places across the world from Cornbury Park.

Clough Head and Wainwright - Tim Foster

Join Tim Foster and the Wainwright Society for this ascent and circuit of Clough Head,

Paving the way - Chris Speight

[Cancelled] Topped with its weird and wonderful limestone pavement, Malham Cove is one of the most impressive natural features in Yorkshire, so let's delve a little deeper into this wondrous landscape.

Ofsted Deep Dives into Geography

Hear first hand from colleagues about their experiences of an Ofsted Deep Dive into Geography. You will have a chance to hear about what the Deep Dive can involve, and ask questions to colleagues who have been through the process.

Spatial Data Science Conference

Now in its fourth year, the Spatial Data Science Conference is the leading event bringing together Data Scientists and Developers who specialize in working with spatial data.

Educational Visits Coordinator Training

Essential training for new EVCs responsible for the policies and practice around risk management for out-of-school visits.

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 - November 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.

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.