Today marks the 80th anniversary of travel writer Eric Newby’s Last Grain Race voyage to Australia

A collection newly acquired by the Society includes photographs and diary entries by one of the world’s first travel writers, Eric Newby, who set sail, aged just 18, from Belfast 80 years ago today for one of the last grain races to Australia.

Need help with your university application?

UCAS is now open for applications for courses starting in 2019, but with over 80 UK universities offering more than 1,400 geography-related courses it can seem a little daunting knowing where to start and how to choose.

Explore weekend - don't miss out

The Society’s annual Explore weekend - an unmissable opportunity to gain advice, inspiration and contacts for your own research project or expedition - is fast approaching . Early Bird discounts end on 15 October.

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 Journey of a Lifetime with Karen Darke MBE tomorrow

Paralympian Karen Darke MBE will be sharing tales from her ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ tomorrow morning on BBC Radio 4 at 11.00am.

Everest: a reconnaissance

This autumn the Society is holding a new exhibition of platinum prints of photographs of the 1921 expedition to Everest.

Migrants on the margins: a week of comics and workshops

Last week the Society held the first of two exhibitions taking place this autumn that present initial findings from our field research programme, Migrants on the margins.

Discover the Arctic with our new website

The Discovering the Arctic website has been refreshed and updated and is now fully responsive – so you can easily access all of its inspiring resources on any device.

New book The Map Tour released today

The Map Tour, a unique book that follows the narrative of the history of tourism, including some of the finest examples of cartography, has been released today.

Medics prepare for the wilderness

Last month we held an introductory workshop for early career medical professionals about expedition and wilderness medicine.

Supporting your studies: Postgraduate Fellowship

Postgraduate Fellowship is the perfect opportunity to help postgraduate students connect with the wider geographical research community.

Plastic pollution solutions

We caught up with author, presenter and environmental campaigner Natalie Fee to discuss why she decided to make eliminating plastic pollution her full time job.

Further funding for Geography Teacher Training Scholarships

The Society is delighted to announce that our Geography Teacher Training Scholarships programme has received additional funding from the Department of Education.

Students get hands-on with geography

A Level students from across the UK took part in the Society’s annual Alexander Awards Summer School at the Field Studies Council Juniper Hall field centre in late August.

Call for new journal editors

New co-editors are being sought for three of the Society’s journals: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Area, and Geo: Geography and Environment.

Enter now for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition

The deadline for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition is fast approaching.

Migrants on the margins: SOAS scholarship awarded

As part of the Migrants on the margins field research project, SOAS University of London in collaboration with the Society have awarded a scholarship to Masters student Nouradin Nour.

Migrants on the margins: autumn events

A series of events showcasing the work of the Society’s field research programme, Migrants on the margins, is coming up this autumn.

The perfect gift for a new student

With the new university term about to begin, our Young Geographer membership is the perfect gift to support undergraduate studies.

See what’s coming up this autumn

Our events programme for autumn is bursting with topical issues and themes. Here's a taste of what's coming up.

Earth Photo winners announced

Ruben Salgado Escudero has won the inaugural Earth Photo competition for his work Solar Portraits, which depicts the inhabitants of some of the world’s remotest areas experiencing electricity for the first time. 

Reflections from the Amazon

Before her regional tour of the UK gets underway, we caught up with adventurer, journalist and presenter Pip Stewart to discuss her love of travel, her visits to the Amazon and the stories she can’t wait to share.

Society supports Esri in promoting GIS to schools

The Society, in collaboration with Esri UK and the four exam boards AQA, OCR, Pearson Edexcel and WJEC/Eduqas, has sent a letter of encouragement to schools across the country to sign up to a free subscription of ArcGIS Online.

Young Geographers get a head start with our support

The new school year has begun and the Society is here to help support you and your studies.

Society receives funding to continue Data Skills programme

The Society is delighted to have received further funding to continue and develop our Data Skills in Geography programme

Showcasing the American wilderness

The Society is holding a talk and display of artefacts related to the geographical life and times of Thomas Cole.

Today’s conference highlights: 31 August 2018

The final day of our Annual International Conference in Cardiff has arrived. We’ve put together some of our highlights from the programme today.

Today’s conference highlights: 30 August 2018

Today research on why the commute should be counted as part of the working day is being presented at our Annual International Conference being held in Cardiff this week.

Today’s conference highlights: 29 August 2018

Here are some of our highlights for new research being presented during today’s conference programme.

Scholars in the field before starting teacher training

This year’s cohort of Geography Scholars kick-started their teacher training year with a fieldwork residential earlier this month.

Society journal editor to give keynote at conference in China

Professor Adrian Bailey is presenting a keynote lecture at the Geographical Society of China’s annual conference in Xi'an on 29 and 30 August.

Geography courses praised by students

The results of the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), published this month, paint a positive picture of undergraduate geography courses across the UK.

Congratulations: GCSE results day

The Society congratulates all those students receiving their GCSE geography results today.

Research group releases new book on energy issues

Members of the Society’s Energy Geographies Research Group, have published Energy and Society: a Critical Perspective.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to all of our Geography Ambassadors who have graduated this summer.

Dr John Hemming receives British Academy President’s Medal

Congratulations to the Society’s former Director, Dr John Hemming, who has been awarded the President’s Medal by the British Academy.

Congratulations: A Level results day

Congratulations to all the students who are receiving their A Level geography results today.

Apply now for the 2019 Microlectures

Applications to speak at our 2019 Microlectures event are now open.

New Discovering Britain walk showcases Bengali contribution to London’s East End

London’s Brick Lane area is the focus for a new Discovering Britain walk tracing 400 years of Britain’s Bengali community in the East End.

REF consultation open for comment

An important consultation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 2021 is now open for comment and the Society would value your input to help inform our response.

Are you Going Places with geography?

As part of our work to highlight the benefits of studying geography at all levels and to promote the wide range of careers that geography can lead to, we hold regular Going Places events for Year 9 and Year 12 students.

Water scarcity and conflict in Kyrgyzstan

Multimedia journalist and presenter Katie Arnold left for Kyrgyzstan this week to explore water related conflict in the Naryn River basin as part of her Neville Shulman Challenge Award.

New publications hub launched

The Society, in partnership with Wiley, have developed and launched a new hub for our academic publications.

Gift membership: starting a new school term

With the start of the new term just around the corner, our Young Geographer membership is the perfect gift to support going back to school

Why it pays to choose geography

If you want to better understand our world, a rewarding job that pays well and to help shape the future, then look no further. Report after report tells the same story: choose geography.

Grants programme provides support for over 60 field projects

The Society has supported 61 field research projects through its grants programme this year. Almost £200,000 of funding has been awarded to nearly 100 individuals from a range of institutions, and they have travelled to over 45 countries in order to carry out their research.

Global Asian City

Global Asian City, the latest title in the RGS-IBG book series, examines how migration has changed Seoul and South Korea over the last 20 years.

Geographers elected to British Academy

The Society congratulates geography Professors Catherine Nash, Gill Valentine and Veronica Della Dora on their recent election as British Academy Fellows.

High-Arctic research project receives Gilchrist Fieldwork Award

Dr Melissa Murphy has been awarded the 2018 Gilchrist Fieldwork Award for her research project on High-Arctic rivers.

Earth Photo exhibition now open

The inaugural Earth Photo exhibition is now open in our Pavilion at Lowther Lodge.

Migrants on the margins: research team planning next steps

The Migrants on the margins team were planning next steps for the Society’s Field Research Programme earlier this week by holding a writing workshop at the Society.

Cryptic Concrete

The latest title in the RGS-IBG book series, Cryptic Concrete, takes us on a subterranean journey into Cold War West Germany.

Britain named leading travel publisher’s ‘Destination of the Month’

Bradt Travel Guides have chosen Britain for their 'Destination of the Month'.

Newly accredited courses announced

Congratulations to the latest nine geography degree programmes to be accredited and approved by the Society’s Council.

Shortlisted images and films for Earth Photo exhibition announced

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the earth in all its diversity has been chosen for the Society’s inaugural Earth Photo exhibition.

The Old Man and the Sand Eel

Prior to his lecture on 17 July at King’s Lynn Festival, we caught up with BBC presenter and author of The Old Man and the Sand Eel, Will Millard.

Water Security in the 21st Century

If you missed our latest School Member lecture on water security in the 21st century, you can now watch the whole talk online.

Find a grant: Slawson Awards

The Slawson Awards are part of the Society’s grants programme, which provides a wide range of funding opportunities for geographical fieldwork, data collection and independent travel.

Efforts of Geography Ambassadors recognised

The Society's Ambassador programme has recently aligned with the University of Liverpool's student Higher Education Achievement Report.

New RGS-IBG book explores geographies of the heart

A book exploring the lives of British migrants in Dubai through their personal relationships has been published in the Society’s book series.

New Chartered Geographers announced

Congratulations to the latest Chartered Geographers to have been approved by the Society’s Council.

Better Mapping Wales 2018

This Thursday, the Society is hosting Better Mapping Wales in association with the British Cartographic Society and AGI Cymru

Society marks Refugee Week with a series of maps illustrating global refugee movements

Worldmapper have put together a series of maps highlighting the global distribution of refugees and internally displaced persons.

Dr Junxi Qian receives Area Prize

Dr Junxi Qian received this year’s  Area Prize for his research paper published in the journal Area

Society signs agreement with the Geographical Society of China

The Society is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement with the Geographical Society of China

New journal issues published

The latest issues of the Society’s journals are now available online.

Society grant funds renewable energy research in refugee camps

Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen has recently returned from her PhD fieldwork in refugee camps across Rwanda and Kenya, where she has been researching the use of renewable energies.

Making the most of your membership: online lectures

The Society’s Monday night lectures are one of the most popular benefits for our Fellows and members.

Plastic pollution in the Galapagos

Dr Ceri Lewis returned this week from the Galapagos Islands where she was researching the impact of macro and micro plastics alongside her team from the University of Exeter.

Migrants on the margins: focus on Harare

With the fieldwork for Migrants on the margins well underway, we focus on the work of PhD student Selina Pasirayi

Medal and award recipients receive their accolades

The 2018 medal and award recipients were presented with their accolades yesterday to recognise their outstanding contributions to geography.

Baroness Lynda Chalker is Society’s new President

At the Society’s Annual General Meeting today, Baroness Chalker will become President for a three year term.

Revision resources

With exam season well underway we'd like to wish everyone the very best of luck in the geography GCSE and A Level exams.

One Man and a Mule

Hugh Thomson is on a speaking tour of the UK as part of the Society’s Regional Theatres Programme

What makes the Arctic unique?

This year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.

Excellence Awards announced

This year's Excellence Awards recipients have been announced.

First Rob Potter Award goes to disaster recovery policy project

The Society's first Rob Potter Award has been awarded to Dr Gemma Sou from the University of Manchester.

Discovering Britain receives award for outstanding content

Discovering Britain has received an award from outdoor adventure app Viewranger for outstanding content.

Deputy Head of Geography roles available

Six Deputy Heads of Geography are to be appointed for the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession.

Migrants on the margins: researchers present initial findings

A team of researchers from the Society’s Migrants on the margins field research project presented two academic papers at the African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference.

2018 medal and award recipients announced

This year, our medals and awards recognise 21 different people for their extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, photography, and public engagement.

Submit your images to the Earth Photo competition

We are excited to announce a new photography competition, Earth Photo, in partnership with the Forestry Commission England.

Webinars for Chartered Geographer applicants

If you’re thinking about applying for Chartered Geographer (CGeog) status, you can now get support through a new series of webinars.

2018 Land Rover Bursary open for applications

Jaguar Land Rover have renewed their corporate support of the Society for a further three years, which includes the annual Land Rover Bursary.

Portrait marks retirement of Dr Rita Gardner CBE

A portrait commissioned by the Society’s Council to mark the retirement of Dr Rita Gardner after almost 22 years as Director has been unveiled.

A Level resources receive Geographical Association Award

Two of the Society's educational resources have received awards from the Geographical Association.

Paralympian undertakes Journey of a Lifetime

This year’s Journey of a Lifetime Award, run by the Society in partnership with BBC Radio 4, is supporting Paralympic champion Karen Darke MBE as she handcycles the course of Australia’s longest river, the Murray.

Joint statement on the implementation of GDPR in UK universities

The Association for Social Anthropologists (ASA), British Sociological Association (BSA), European Sociological Association (ESA) and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have today issued a joint statement on the implementation of new data protection legislation in UK academic institutions.

RGS-IBG statement on University and College Union (UCU) strike action

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is aware that many academic geographers, as UCU members in universities that participate in USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme), are taking strike action over proposed changes to their pension scheme.

New Director announced

The Society’s Council announced today that Professor Joe Smith will take over as Director on 1 May 2018.

Rob Potter Award

The Society is delighted to announce a new grant for post-doctoral development research.

Research Group grants awarded

The Society is delighted to support a number of Research and Working Group activities over the coming year.

New RGS-IBG Book Series title, ‘Work-life advantage’ by Dr Al James

Dr Al James’ new RGS-IBG book finds that the provision of working arrangements that meaningfully improve the work-life balance of employees also enhances firms’ competitive advantage.

Young Geographers of the Year announced

The winners of the 2017 Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award have been announced.

New Chartered Geographers announced

The latest Chartered Geographers have been approved by the Society’s Council. 

New Geography Teacher Training Scholarships announced

As our first cohort of 111 Scholars start their training programmes this term, we are delighted to receive approval from the Department for Education for a new round of Geography Teacher Training Scholarships for individuals starting their training in September 2018.    

Society film archive now available on the BFI Player

Following a Monday night lecture on the Society’s amazing film archive, the extensive collection of films is now available for everyone to watch online.

UK physical geography in excellent health

An international review of physical geography in the UK has declared the discipline’s health and global influence to be excellent.

Geography GCSE numbers continue to grow

Geography GCSE numbers are at their highest for 16 years after increasing for the sixth consecutive year.

Big increase in numbers taking GCSE geography

7% increase in GCSE candidates – second only to Additional Science (for subjects with entry greater than 100,000) Number of students studying geography GCSE increases for fifth consecutive year, with 15,958 more candidates sitting an exam than in 2015.

Welcoming a new GCSE in geography

Director Dr Rita Gardner responds to reforms announced today on the content and assessment of geography GCSE