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.

Communities, conservation and sustainable travel in Africa - Sue Watt

[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.

A virtual field trip to the Moiry Valley, Switzerland

[Postponed] This session uses an immersive, ground-level virtual field trip from the University of Worcester to explore the Moiry Valley.

Landscape of Towers - Clive Dunn

[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.
 

St Ives: the artists, the fisherfolk and the fishing industry - David Tovey

[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.

Use geography: careers in mapping, geographical information and data science

[Online] A careers webinar with insights and advice from professional geographers working in the sector.

Project UKFall: Retrieving meteorites and why it's important - Dr Luke Daly

[Online] Discover how projects like UKFall are tracking fireballs to recover meteorites, providing new insights into our solar system's history.

Geographical journeys: microlectures

[Online] An evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire.

Shannon Country: A river journey through time - Paul Clements

[Online] Paul Clements delves into the Shannon heartland on a foot-stepping quest to recreate the trip of Richard Hayward eighty years earlier.

Indigenous approaches to climate change: traditional knowledge and modern solutions - Kiliii Yüyan

[Online] Photographer Kiliii Yüyan illuminates stories of the Arctic and human communities connected to the land. Informed by ancestry, he explores the human relationship to the natural world from different cultural perspectives. 

How the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory is slaying the misinformation dragon - Michael Poland

[Online] Michael Poland, a research geophysicist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory and the current Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory will discuss cutting-edge research surrounding Yellowstone's volcanic character.

Living with wildlife - Dr Krithi Karanth

[Postponed] 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.

Urban hope - Andy Lester

[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?

Educational Visits Coordinator training

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

Use geography: careers in the third sector

[Online] A careers webinar with insights and advice from professional geographers working in the sector.

Making an application for Chartered Geographer - introductory webinar

[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.

COVID-19 and the geography of disease dynamics - Professor Andy Tatem

[Online] Pandemics are nothing new for humanity. What is new however, is the speed by which local outbreaks can reach all parts of the planet. Professor Tatem will highlight the importance of geography in understanding disease spread, designing elimination strategies and planning for the next pandemic.

Disaster Relief: SARAID experiences from Haiti to Beirut - Rob Davis

[Online] Rob will talk on his work with SARAID, a British search and rescue charity, which responds to both national and international major incidents.

Geography and History - together stronger, but separate…?

[Online] Run in conjunction with the Historical Association, this course will support you in planning primary History and Geography to strengthen links between the subjects.

Be Inspired: Always ready for an expedition - Natalie Cox

[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.
 

Deep water: the story of a flood - Professor Hannah Cloke

[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.

Transparency and sustainability in global supply chains - Dr Toby Gardner

[Online] Toby Gardner will talk about the TRASE initiative’s groundbreaking work on creating transparency in global supply chains and its key role in tackling biodiversity loss and climate change. 

Use geography: careers skills - CVs, applications, interviews

[Online] A careers webinar with insights and advice from professional geographers providing careers skills advice.

Please note this Use Geography webinar is taking place at 10am

Building and deploying low-cost DIY field sensors and loggers for research & teaching: online course

[Online] An online workshop via Zoom that will help you design and build your own low-cost sensors using open source hardware and software.

The state of nature – and why should we even care? - Dr Mark Wright

[Online] In this Covid-19 world there has been a renewed interest in looking at our relationship with nature. This talk will explore what is the real state of nature and what underpins the significant changes we are seeing. Mark Wright is the Director of Science at WWF-UK.

Colonial collections in decolonial times - Paul Basu

[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?

Can elephants and people safely coexist - Susie Offord-Woolley

[Online] India is home to 60% of the extant Asian elephant population and also has one of the highest human populations in the world. This has meant that pressure on available elephant habitat is ever increasing and has led to a high degree of human-elephant conflict.

The Nightingale: Sam Lee in conversation with Patrick Barkham

[Online] Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to an intoxicating song, as award-winning singer Sam Lee and writer Patrick Barkham tell the story of the nightingale.

Scrambles amongst the Alps: mountaineering in the 18th and 19th centuries - Andrew Thompson

[Cancelled] 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?

The Perimeter: a photographic circumnavigation of Britain - Quintin Lake

[Online] Join us to hear from Quintin Lake about his photographic project The Perimeter, and see some of the amazing images that he captured around the coast of Britain on a journey where "each footstep leads to different surprises, beauty and strangeness".

Around the world with Nellie Bly - Rosemary Brown

[Online] Back in 1890, trailblazer Nellie Bly circled the globe faster than anyone ever had - in 72 days. 125 years later Rosemary followed in her global footsteps and has now written her biography.

The roaring 20s?

[Online]  Are we heading towards a post-pandemic boom period? We will ask our panel what global recovery strategies should be deployed and whether the pandemic has increased the appetite for global action.

Where the world is heading and how we can stop making things worse - Professor Joanna Haigh

[Online] Joanna will outline the scientific evidence for a human influence on climate and discuss pathways to limit the rate of global warming and its disastrous impacts.

The girl who ran across Africa - Emma Timmis

[Online] Emma is the first person to run across Africa from Henties Bay, Namibia to Pemba, Mozambique. In this talk, she shares the lessons learned on this and other adventures.

Powering our future

[Online] Demand for energy and its production are changing on an epic scale. Join our panel to discuss this trend and what further changes we can expect.

Be Inspired: Shackleton’s ghost writer: are authorship standards always important? - Art Gertel

[Online] Art will discuss issues of authorship, looking at Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance voyage and the publications that came after it.

Respatialising finance: offshore renminbi market making in London - Professor Sarah Hall

[Online] Sarah examines power, politics and offshore renminbi market making in London.

Biogeomorphology of wetlands in the drylands of southern Africa - Professor Michael Grenfell

[Online] Biota in the seasonal wetlands of southern Africa have developed adaptations to the cyclicity of constraint and opportunity. In this talk, we’ll explore patterns of ‘bumpy’ relief moderated by these biota that are  fundamentally important to understanding water and particulate distributions, biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem structure and function at landscape scale.

Land of the emerald forests - Andy Lester

[Online] A tour of Costa Rica’s habitats, which have more species than anywhere else on Earth. If Costa Rica has achieved this, why can’t the rest of us?

Ten maps that reveal the future of global power and politics - Tim Marshall

[Online] If you want to understand what’s happening in the world, look at a map. Tim Marshall shows us the power of geography and takes us into ten regions that are set to shape global politics and power. 

Magdalena: river of dreams - Professor Wade Davis

[Online] Wade Davis tells the story of Colombia, a nation that has not deserved its agonies, a land with the greatest cultural, ecological and biological diversity on the planet. 

The Nightingale: book club

[Online] Join us for an informal discussion as we delve into this new book which reveals in beautiful detail the bird's song, habitat, characteristics and migration patterns, as well as the environmental issues that threaten its livelihood.

Keeping it local

[Online] Our contributors have gone off the beaten track in Britian and will share with you their guide on where and when to go, sharing ideas around how we can all travel and live a little more sustainably.

Be Inspired: Sir Clements Markham President of the RGS: success or failure? - Isobel Williams

[Online] Isobel will discuss the life and career of Sir Clements Markham, former President of the Society.

Teaching about climate change in primary schools

[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?

Uncharted: A Black woman’s journey through the discipline of geography - Professor Patricia Daley

[Online] Patricia will discuss navigating a career in geography as a Black British woman, researching refugee migration in Africa.

Port of Tyne: Challenges ahead in a changing world - Simon Brett

[Online] Simon will outline the challenges facing the Port of Tyne in the coming years as the ports industry had to adapt to a post-Brexit environment in which the green economy is becoming ever more important.
 

Online secondary geography teachmeet

[Online] In this online session, we will be asking secondary geography teachers to share their ideas and innovation with the teacher community.

Horseland Journey: the cultural role of horses through history - Vyvyan Wood-Gee

[Online] Horse's history on horseback: An epic 1500 miles journey on Fell ponies round Britain to discover the cultural importance of horses.

Beyond the narco frontier: rethinking an imaginary of the margins - Professor Jonathan Goodhand

[Online] Join Jonathan as he discusses 'the narco frontier' frequently invoked in popular narratives about the drugs-intensified borderlands of Afghanistan, Myanmar and Colombia.

Be Inspired: The Cape of Flowers: a forgotten corner of the Portuguese Empire - Cliff Pereira

[Online] Cliff will explore Lusitanian cultural legacies in the Cape of Flowers.

Off-site safety management course

[Postponed] 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.

HMS Endurance in Antarctica - Rear Admiral Nick Lambert

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


 

Navigating our way towards a plastic free ocean

[Online] Sally Earthrowl, an environmentalist and adventurer, has spent the last three years at sea with eXXpedition reseaching the North Pacific Gyre plastic pollution solutions

 

Off-site safety management - training the trainers

[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.

Around the world in 80 plants - Professor Jonathan Drori

[Online] Jonathan takes us on a botanical adventure, in which science, geography, history and folklore are intertwined and brought to life through surprising stories of plants and their curious relationships with humans.

Maps for local and family history - David Rymill

[Online] This talk will explore some of the most common types of maps found in county archives, which provide insights into the history of local communities.

COVID-19, transport and green recovery? - Dr Llinos Brown

[Online] A discussion of how travel has changed in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this might mean for a green recovery.

 

Zero carbon Sheffield: the challenge of 2030- John Grant

Sheffield City Council has declared a climate emergency and has established a plan to become zero carbon by 2030. What are challenges it faces in achieving this ambitious target?

Building and deploying low-cost DIY field sensors and loggers for research & teaching: field course

A one-day field course in the Thames Estuary where you will be able to use a range of kit (built by us) for monitoring in the real world (mudflats, salmarsh, hillslope and woodland). We will also take the opportunity for a walk and talk to find out more about the environment, development, conservation, geomorphology, and history of the area.

Britain’s summer snows - Iain Cameron

[Online] Join Britain’s preeminent chionophile as he discusses where and why Britain’s snow lasts the longest, why he studies it, and how it can be seen as a record of climate change.

A landscape partnership, what do they look like in the landscape? - Keith Tomkins

This walk will look at the Sheffield Lakeland Project. You will be able to see physical work on the ground together with hearing about (and possibly seeing) how other ‘community’ based initiatives link to these ‘capital’ works.

Annual General Meeting

[Online] Our AGM is an opportunity to learn about the Society’s achievements over the past year and goals for the future, as well as to elect new Council members.

Penguins, albatross and whales: Natural history of South Atlantic - Carl Chapman

[Online] Carl Chapman, the founder of Wildlife Tours and Education will talk about penguins, albatross and whales, drawing from his wealth of experience in ecotourism and natural history tours.

The research and activities of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust - David Colbourne

[Online] An insight into the research and activities of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust, focusing on the unique habitat and wildlife of the estuary.
 

Educational Visits Coordinator training

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

EVC update workshop

This course gives trained EVCs the opportunity to revalidate while looking at current issues and sharing good practice.

Fellows, members and supporters evening

Join us in the historic town of Chichester for an evening of short presentations on geography-related topics and personal journeys, hosted by the Society's South committee (subject to live events being possible).

MOVE - Management of Visit Emergencies 2021

A half-day, scenario-based course for school EVCs and senior management intended to meet the needs of staff who may have a role to play during a visit emergency.

A virtual field trip to the Moiry Valley, Switzerland

[Online] This session uses an immersive, ground-level virtual field trip from the University of Worcester to explore the Moiry Valley.

Two woods on the Summer Solstice - Martin Haslett

Martin Haslett leads a three mile walk between two community woodlands which both encourage wildlife diversity and community involvement.

What can I do?

[Online] Join our panel during London Climate Action Week to discuss the role individual behaviour change can play in reducing our emissions from food, housing and transport.

Tavistock World Heritage Site: copper, cottages and canal - Andrew Thompson

After a talk on Tavistock World Heritage Site, Andrew will lead a walk around Tavistock, including to the canal and the Bedford Cottages.

Island of the Fairy Tern - Andy Lester

[Online] Come on a journey around St Helena and encounter the wildlife and landscapes of one of the most remote corners of the planet.
 

Building, health, hope and happiness through the power of nature - Tom Brown

[Online] Tom will outline the methods used by Green Light Trust to have such lasting effects on the lives of the people they support. During the talk, you will hear from the people the trust supports and learn about its novel approach to measuring its impact.
 

Iran - Ian Gilchrist

In this talk, Ian Gilchrist reflects on the time he spent in Iran from 1976 to 1979 and again in 2019, and offers observations on what has changed and what has not.

Romantic ruins, poisonous past - Vivienne Crow

Whilst Gunnerside Gill looks idyllic, it’s not always been so peaceful. Explore the lead mining history, the poisonous processes, and look at the legacy left behind by this once-deadly industry.

Kingsweston and Blaise Castle Estates - Professor Kathryn Monk

Professor Monk will give a short presentation about the estate of Grade I listed Kingsweston House and then will continue onward to Repton's 18th century landscaped Blaise Estate, SSSI and Roman road.

Off-site safety management course

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.

Educational Visits Coordinator Training

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

Educational Visits Coordinator update workshop

This course gives trained EVCs the opportunity to revalidate while looking at current issues and sharing good practice.