News, announcements and stories from across geography and our work in advancing geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, public engagement, policy and more.
Out now, March’s issue of Geographical magazine includes a look at the need for decommissioning the thousands of ageing platforms and equipment used by the offshore oil and gas industry.
22 February 2019
Our Alexander Awards Summer School 2019 is now open for applications.
21 February 2019
The deadline for this year’s Fieldwork Apprenticeships is fast approaching.
20 February 2019
The latest issues of the Society’s scholarly journals are now available online.
19 February 2019
Our Geography Ambassadors are a great way to introduce pupils to the many benefits of studying geography, and where it can lead them in the future.
18 February 2019
The Weddell Sea Expedition has been forced to conclude its search for the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance.
15 February 2019
This month’s issue of Sidetracked magazine features a foreword from Society Director Professor Joe Smith.
14 February 2019
We’re excited to announce this year’s Earth Photo competition is now open for entries.
13 February 2019
With London Fashion Week fast approaching, join us for a discussion about the impact of the fashion industry on our planet and what we can all do about it.
12 February 2019
Based on a research project looking at extreme weather events in the past, present and future, we have put together a series of resources to help students learn about extreme weather.
11 February 2019
We are pleased to announce that the Society is now a partner of the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) programme.
8 February 2019
For James Aldred and Johnathan Drori, trees are an integral part of their lives. Join us for an evening where they share their passion and enthusiasm for all things trees.
7 February 2019
Congratulations to Dr John Shears FRGS, who has been awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty the Queen for outstanding achievement and service in the field of polar research.
6 February 2019
The final of the BBC’s ICONS: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century will be broadcast live at 9.00pm tonight.
5 February 2019
The Society is delighted to be continuing our Data Skills in Geography project in 2019, thanks to additional funding from the Nuffield Foundation.
4 February 2019
Our Director Professor Joe Smith discusses his plans to take the Society forward over the coming years in an episode of ‘Direct Talk’, aired by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK World.
1 February 2019
This month has seen the issue of air pollution consistently hitting the headlines.
31 January 2019
Our next lecture exclusively for School Members is on the carbon cycle and takes place on 6 February at 5.00pm.
30 January 2019
We are delighted to announce the appointment of four new co-editors for two of the Society’s academic journals.
28 January 2019
Explore South West on 9 February is your chance to learn directly from a range of scientists and explorers carrying out field research and scientific expeditions.
25 January 2019
The February issue of Geographical is available now both online and in print.
24 January 2019
Prior to his regional theatres tour, we caught up with journalist, author and broadcaster, Tim Marshall, to discuss his new book.
22 January 2019
The deadline for this year’s Innovative Geography Teaching Grants is fast approaching.
21 January 2019
Sir Ron Cooke, an eminent physical geographer and former President of the Society, has kindly supported a new award for A Level students.
16 January 2019
New research published in our journal Geo: Geography and Environment, reveals the dangers and lengths that thrill-seeking tourists are willing to go to in order to witness live volcanic eruptions.
14 January 2019
Honouring the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance expedition of 1914-1917, our Enduring Eye exhibition is on display in Cheltenham until 24 February 2019.
10 January 2019
A recent report, published by the Department for Education and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, provides new insights into what geography students are likely to earn after leaving university.
9 January 2019
From February’s issue, Geographical magazine will be delivered to subscribers in 100% compostable packaging.
8 January 2019
As part of the Society’s work with Ordnance Survey (OS), two events later this month will help raise awareness of the uses of geospatial data.
7 January 2019
The Society is delighted to announce a new grant scheme to support school fieldwork and expeditions.
4 January 2019
Our Fellows can now opt for digital access to all our academic journals as part of their Fellowship subscription.
3 January 2019
Our membership card for 2019 is now available.
2 January 2019
We are closed completely between Monday 24 December 2018 and Tuesday 1 January 2019, inclusive.
22 December 2018
December has seen climate change frequently hitting the headlines as 23,000 delegates from 197 states participated in the 24th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24).
21 December 2018
The Society has launched a new set of educational resources to help UK schools engage with the Weddell Sea Expedition.
19 December 2018
The January issue of Geographical is available now both online and in print.
18 December 2018
Explore South West is the perfect opportunity to learn from scientists and explorers who are undertaking field research and scientific expeditions that make a real difference to the world.
17 December 2018
Over the last few months the Society has responded to calls for evidence for a range of consultations, including from the Geospatial Commission and the UK’s four higher education funding bodies.
13 December 2018
We are delighted to announce that the Frederick Soddy Trust has become a linked charity of RGS-IBG.
12 December 2018
To celebrate the International Mountain Day, we have put together a selection of Discovering Britain’s favourite mountain walks, trails and viewpoints, for you to discover why our mountains matter even in the UK.
11 December 2018
Struggling for a gift for that difficult-to-buy-for person in your life? Why not give the gift of Society membership?
10 December 2018
A series of animations produced by the Society were Highly Commended at the 2018 Scottish Association of Geography Teachers Annual Conference Publishers’ Awards.
7 December 2018
To celebrate the support provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable our work, we’re holding a free celebratory open house afternoon on 7 December 2018.
5 December 2018
Before his ‘In conversation’ event in Belfast later this week, we caught up with former journalist Ed Gorman to discuss his book Death of a Translator, his experiences in Afghanistan and the impact of conflict.
4 December 2018
We are delighted to be the latest partner of the Wiley Digital Archives, and to be enabling several million items from our Collections to be digitised.
3 December 2018
This weekend marks the end of National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. To join in the celebrations, the Discovering Britain team has put together a collection of their favourite walks, trails and viewpoints in forests and woodlands throughout the country.
30 November 2018
The winners of the 2018 Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award were announced on Wednesday 28 November, after answering the question ‘What makes the Arctic unique?’.
29 November 2018
The call for sessions, papers and posters at the Society's 2019 annual conference is now open.
27 November 2018
Eleven new Deputy Heads of Geography have been appointed within the Government Science and Engineering Profession (GSE).
26 November 2018
Give them the perfect gift this year: Society membership.
23 November 2018
This year’s Gilchrist Fieldwork Award recipient is Dr Melissa Murphy from University College London who, in partnership with Dr Emily Stevenson from the University of Cambridge, is researching whether high Arctic rivers are a source of a sink for carbon dioxide.
22 November 2018
Over 350 people gathered at Lowther Lodge earlier this month for the Society’s 42nd annual Explore weekend.
21 November 2018
Our newest cohort of Geography Ambassadors begin their training over the coming weeks in preparation for their first school visits.
19 November 2018
Our £10,000 Walters Kundert Fellowship enabled Dr Arwyn Edwards to make multiple trips to Svalbard to ask the question: are microbes active in Arctic winters?
15 November 2018
Today is GIS Day and users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology are highlighting its benefits and the difference it makes to our everyday lives.
14 November 2018
The Society recently held a workshop with representatives from 35 universities, to explore how geography can be better promoted within schools, and how applications at degree level can be encouraged.
12 November 2018
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Society’s academic journal Area.
9 November 2018
The Society’s primary school geography resources have been awarded 3 stars as part of the Teach Primary Resource Awards 2018.
8 November 2018
This Thursday, 8 November, the Society is hosting GeoCom, the AGI’s annual conference.
7 November 2018
The Society is joining the Weddell Sea Expedition as educational partner and will be sharing the expedition’s scientific findings with schools across the UK and internationally through specially written schools resources.
5 November 2018
To mark the donation of Eric Newby’s archive to the Society, Alexander Maitland will be giving a Be Inspired talk on Monday 5 November. In advance of the talk, we asked Alexander to tell us more about Eric Newby and the items that have been donated.
2 November 2018
From 1 January 2019, Fellows will be able to opt for digital access to all of our academic journals.
30 October 2018
We caught up with this year’s Walters Kundert Fellowship recipient, Dr Isla Myers-Smith of the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, who is investigating whether the Arctic is getting greener. She told us about how new technologies are enhancing her research and making analysis not only more accurate, but easier.
24 October 2018
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.
18 October 2018
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.
15 October 2018
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.
12 October 2018
Paralympian Karen Darke MBE will be sharing tales from her ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ tomorrow morning on BBC Radio 4 at 11.00am.
11 October 2018
This autumn the Society is holding a new exhibition of platinum prints of photographs of the 1921 expedition to Everest.
10 October 2018
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.
8 October 2018
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.
5 October 2018
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.
4 October 2018
Last month we held an introductory workshop for early career medical professionals about expedition and wilderness medicine.
3 October 2018
Postgraduate Fellowship is the perfect opportunity to help postgraduate students connect with the wider geographical research community.
1 October 2018
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.
28 September 2018
The Society is delighted to announce that our Geography Teacher Training Scholarships programme has received additional funding from the Department of Education.
27 September 2018
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.
26 September 2018
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.
25 September 2018
The deadline for this year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition is fast approaching.
24 September 2018
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.
21 September 2018
A series of events showcasing the work of the Society’s field research programme, Migrants on the margins, is coming up this autumn.
19 September 2018
With the new university term about to begin, our Young Geographer membership is the perfect gift to support undergraduate studies.
17 September 2018
Our events programme for autumn is bursting with topical issues and themes. Here's a taste of what's coming up.
14 September 2018
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.
12 September 2018
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.
10 September 2018
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.
7 September 2018
The new school year has begun and the Society is here to help support you and your studies.
6 September 2018
The Society is delighted to have received further funding to continue and develop our Data Skills in Geography programme
5 September 2018
The Society is holding a talk and display of artefacts related to the geographical life and times of Thomas Cole.
3 September 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.
31 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.
30 August 2018
Here are some of our highlights for new research being presented during today’s conference programme.
29 August 2018
This year’s cohort of Geography Scholars kick-started their teacher training year with a fieldwork residential earlier this month.
28 August 2018
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.
27 August 2018
The results of the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), published this month, paint a positive picture of undergraduate geography courses across the UK.
24 August 2018
The Society congratulates all those students receiving their GCSE geography results today.
23 August 2018
Members of the Society’s Energy Geographies Research Group, have published Energy and Society: a Critical Perspective.
22 August 2018
Congratulations to all of our Geography Ambassadors who have graduated this summer.
21 August 2018
Congratulations to the Society’s former Director, Dr John Hemming, who has been awarded the President’s Medal by the British Academy.
20 August 2018
Congratulations to all the students who are receiving their A Level geography results today.
16 August 2018
Applications to speak at our 2019 Microlectures event are now open.
15 August 2018
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.
14 August 2018
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.
13 August 2018
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.
10 August 2018
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.
8 August 2018
The Society, in partnership with Wiley, have developed and launched a new hub for our academic publications.
6 August 2018
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
3 August 2018
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.
2 August 2018
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.
1 August 2018
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.
30 July 2018
The Society congratulates geography Professors Catherine Nash, Gill Valentine and Veronica Della Dora on their recent election as British Academy Fellows.
27 July 2018
Dr Melissa Murphy has been awarded the 2018 Gilchrist Fieldwork Award for her research project on High-Arctic rivers.
25 July 2018
The inaugural Earth Photo exhibition is now open in our Pavilion at Lowther Lodge.
23 July 2018
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.
20 July 2018
The latest title in the RGS-IBG book series, Cryptic Concrete, takes us on a subterranean journey into Cold War West Germany.
18 July 2018
Bradt Travel Guides have chosen Britain for their 'Destination of the Month'.
16 July 2018
Congratulations to the latest nine geography degree programmes to be accredited and approved by the Society’s Council.
13 July 2018
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.
10 July 2018
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.
9 July 2018
If you missed our latest School Member lecture on water security in the 21st century, you can now watch the whole talk online.
6 July 2018
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.
4 July 2018
The Society's Ambassador programme has recently aligned with the University of Liverpool's student Higher Education Achievement Report.
2 July 2018
The deadlines for our Research Groups' dissertation prizes are coming up soon.
29 June 2018
A book exploring the lives of British migrants in Dubai through their personal relationships has been published in the Society’s book series.
27 June 2018
Congratulations to the latest Chartered Geographers to have been approved by the Society’s Council.
26 June 2018
This Thursday, the Society is hosting Better Mapping Wales in association with the British Cartographic Society and AGI Cymru
25 June 2018
Worldmapper have put together a series of maps highlighting the global distribution of refugees and internally displaced persons.
22 June 2018
Dr Junxi Qian received this year’s Area Prize for his research paper published in the journal Area
21 June 2018
The Society is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement with the Geographical Society of China
20 June 2018
The latest issues of the Society’s journals are now available online.
19 June 2018
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.
18 June 2018
The Society’s Monday night lectures are one of the most popular benefits for our Fellows and members.
12 June 2018
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.
11 June 2018
With the fieldwork for Migrants on the margins well underway, we focus on the work of PhD student Selina Pasirayi
8 June 2018
The 2018 medal and award recipients were presented with their accolades yesterday to recognise their outstanding contributions to geography.
5 June 2018
At the Society’s Annual General Meeting today, Baroness Chalker will become President for a three year term.
4 June 2018
With exam season well underway we'd like to wish everyone the very best of luck in the geography GCSE and A Level exams.
29 May 2018
Hugh Thomson is on a speaking tour of the UK as part of the Society’s Regional Theatres Programme
21 May 2018
This year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.
18 May 2018
This year's Excellence Awards recipients have been announced.
16 May 2018
The Society's first Rob Potter Award has been awarded to Dr Gemma Sou from the University of Manchester.
14 May 2018
Discovering Britain has received an award from outdoor adventure app Viewranger for outstanding content.
10 May 2018
Six Deputy Heads of Geography are to be appointed for the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession.
9 May 2018
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.
4 May 2018
This year, our medals and awards recognise 21 different people for their extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, photography, and public engagement.
We are excited to announce a new photography competition, Earth Photo, in partnership with the Forestry Commission England.
3 May 2018
If you’re thinking about applying for Chartered Geographer (CGeog) status, you can now get support through a new series of webinars.
2 May 2018
Jaguar Land Rover have renewed their corporate support of the Society for a further three years, which includes the annual Land Rover Bursary.
1 May 2018
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.
Two of the Society's educational resources have received awards from the Geographical Association.
30 April 2018
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.
20 April 2018
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.
19 April 2018
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.
5 March 2018
The Society’s Council announced today that Professor Joe Smith will take over as Director on 1 May 2018.
20 February 2018
The Society is delighted to announce a new grant for post-doctoral development research.
9 January 2018
The Society is delighted to support a number of Research and Working Group activities over the coming year.
13 December 2017
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.
8 December 2017
The winners of the 2017 Young Geographer of the Year competition and Rex Walford Award have been announced.
29 November 2017
The latest Chartered Geographers have been approved by the Society’s Council.
13 November 2017
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.
12 October 2017
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.
2 October 2017
An international review of physical geography in the UK has declared the discipline’s health and global influence to be excellent.
18 September 2017
Geography GCSE numbers are at their highest for 16 years after increasing for the sixth consecutive year.
24 August 2017
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.
25 August 2016
Director Dr Rita Gardner responds to reforms announced today on the content and assessment of geography GCSE
9 April 2014
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