Respatialising Finance out now

The newest addition to the RGS-IBG book series, Respatialising Finance: Power, Politics and Offshore Renminbi Market Making in London, is now available to order online.

2021 medal and award recipients announced

This year our medals and awards recognise 23 different people or organisations for their outstanding contributions to geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, and public engagement.

Celebrating World Land Rover Day

Each year, 30 April marks 'World Land Rover Day' - a celebration of the day in 1948 that the first Land Rover was revealed to the world.

Celebrating the 170th anniversary of the Great Exhibition

This May, the Great Exhibition Road Festival is celebrating 170 years since Hyde Park was transformed for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

School essay 2021 competition launched

The Society and the Financial Times are pleased to announce the launch of our joint School Essay Competition for 2021.

Dreading the Map

As part of the CARICUK research project, an event discussing the original artwork Dreading the Map, which is currently installed in the Society’s Map Room, is taking place on Monday 24 May.

Wiley Research Fellowships: Emily Hayes and Sandra Hayward

This month we caught up with Dr Emily Hayes and Sandra Hayward to find out more about their projects as part of the Wiley Digital Archive Research Fellowship.

Earth Photo 2021 competition deadline approaching

The deadline for this year’s Earth Photo competition is fast approaching, with just one week left to submit your entries.

Geography Directions: a year of COVID-19 commentary

Today marks one year since we launched a call for contributions on COVID-19 on the Society’s research blog, Geography Directions.

New episodes: 39 ways to save the planet

The first in the next batch of episodes of our partnered BBC Radio 4 series, 39 ways to save the planet, will be broadcast today.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status by our Council earlier this week.

Weddell Sea school resources receive Geographical Association Publishers’ Award

We are proud to have received a Highly Commended Award from the 2021 Geographical Association (GA) Publishers’ Awards for our educational resources Discovering the Weddell Sea – Education for Antarctic Conservation.

In memoriam: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

We are saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Society reaffirms commitment to addressing inequalities

As geographers, we are acutely aware that where you are born, and to whom, have a great effect upon the opportunities available to you throughout your life.

Research Group climate change competition winners announced

The Society’s Climate Change Research Group have announced the winners of their competition seeking the most effective, original and engaging ways to encourage action on climate change.

Remapping our lives

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

Ordnance Survey extends corporate partnership with Society

Ordnance Survey (OS) and the Society are delighted to have signed an agreement which extends OS’s corporate support of our activities for a further three years.

Join us for GeoNight

Join us on Friday 9 April for the International Night of Geography, or GeoNight.

Society partners with research projects to advance geography

We are delighted to be partnering with a number of geographers, leading UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded research projects, to further our understanding of the world, its people, places and environments.

Creative approaches to race and (in)security in the Caribbean and the UK

The Society is delighted to be a partner of the Creative approaches to race and (in)security in the Caribbean and the UK (CARICUK) research project, which aims to transform discussions about race and anti-racism in UK higher education institutions.

Society supports responsible practice when using location data

The Society has become a member of the Locus Charter, a proposed set of common international principles that can guide responsible practice when using location data.

Wiley Research Fellowships: Alicia Colson and Sherezade Garcia Rangel

This month we caught up with Dr Alicia Colson and Dr Sherezade Garcia Rangel to find out more about their projects as part of the Wiley Digital Archive Research Fellowship.

Communicating and understanding risk in dynamic situations

As part of the first Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group’s fireside chat series, Dr Tina Thomson CGeog spoke to four experts working in Disaster Risk Management.

The geographers making sense of Census 2021

Census 2021 takes place in England and Wales on Sunday 21 March, with the data collected providing a unique resource for understanding population characteristics and distributions across England and Wales.

Earth Photo 2021 competition launched

We’re excited to announce this year’s Earth Photo competition is open for entries.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Monday 8 March was International Women’s Day, and throughout this week we have been celebrating the contributions of female geographers to the discipline by sharing the names of the women who have inspired you geographically.

Choose A Level geography

As the time for choosing A Level options nears, we will be sharing material and information about the benefits of choosing to study geography at A Level and beyond, through our social media pages.

Women geographers give insights into working in disaster risk management

As part of our week-long International Women’s Day celebrations, the Society's Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group spoke to six women geographers working in Disaster Risk Management (DRM).

Bodies, Affects, Politics out now

The newest addition to the RGS-IBG book series, Bodies, Affects, Politics: The Clash of Bodily Regimes, is now available to order online.

Stay home stories

We are delighted to be a partner of the Stay home stories research project which aims to understand how ideas and experiences of home have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get involved this International Women’s Day

Monday 8 March is International Women’s Day, and we’d like your help to celebrate!

International Geomorphology Week 2021

This week is International Geomorphology Week, with the aim of promoting geomorphology in all its forms and mobilising the international community of geomorphologists to share their work and expertise.

This year’s microlectures speakers announced

We are excited to announce this year’s line-up for Geographical journeys: microlectures. Join us for an evening packed full of tales to inspire, as eight speakers have just 10 minutes each to share their geographical journeys in an illustrated talk.

LGBTQ+ History Month 2021

Throughout February, we have been sharing resources via our social media that highlight the geographies of LGBTQ+ groups, increase their visibility and better understand their history and experiences.

Hurley platinum prints

The Society is home to a remarkable collection of original photographic glass and celluloid negatives captured by Frank Hurley, the official photographer of the 1914-1917 Endurance expedition.

Earth Photo: in conversation with winning photographers

Join the North West regional committee for a panel discussion and Q&A with some of the winning photographers and filmmakers of the Earth Photo competition on Thursday 25 February.

Advocacy for the importance of geography and geospatial data skills

The Society has recently responded to several government and sector consultations, advocating for the ways in which geographical skills, knowledge and understanding underpins good decision-making and improves understanding of the world around us.

In memoriam: The Earl of Selborne

We are saddened to hear of the death of former Society President, The Earl of Selborne GBE FRS DL. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Join us, support geography and be inspired

Do you have an interest in the world’s people, places and environments? Join the Society to be inspired by geography and be a part of our community of geographers.

Interview with Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group dissertation prize winner

Katy Simms, from Durham University, was the recipient of the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group 2020 undergraduate dissertation prize with her dissertation which looks at the effects of mobile dating apps on love, intimacy and identity negotiations for bisexual individuals.

Students turn to virtual opportunities to enhance skills

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been turning to virtual ways to develop their skills and gather work experience while staying at home.

Book now for our primary geography CPD events

Are you a primary geography or history teacher? Why not join us for one of our upcoming primary geography and history CPD events?

Apply now for a new PhD on our Collections exploring the role of the West India Regiments

Applications are now open for a PhD studentship on the Society’s Collections, as part of our Collaborative Doctoral Awards programme.

Lights and Shadows

We are delighted to announce our latest online exhibition: Lights and Shadows.

Nominate now: Cherry Kearton Medal and Award 2021

We caught up with former Cherry Kearton Medal and Award recipients Steve McCurry and Tacita Dean to discuss what the award meant to them.

Join our Finance Committee and Enterprise Board in 2021

We have a number of volunteer roles available on our Finance Committee, Investment subcommittee and Enterprise company board, commencing in the summer of 2021.

Choose GCSE geography

As the time for GCSE and A Level options nears, we will be sharing material and information about the benefits of choosing to study geography at GCSE and beyond, through our social media pages.

Support for research on the Society’s Collections

As part of our mission to undertake research on the Collections, in collaboration with Wiley, we have recently awarded 11 Research Fellowships for 2020-21 which provide researchers with access to the Wiley Digital Archive platform.

Consultation on 2021 summer examination grades open for response

Following the cancellation of this summer’s exams due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Education and Ofqual have opened a consultation on how GCSE and A Level grades should be assessed and awarded in 2021. 

Vital role of graduate geographers highlighted in new report

A new report exploring the career destinations of graduates highlights the increasingly vital need for geographers in the graduate job market.

Nominate now: Ness Award 2021

We caught up with 2020 Ness Award recipient Nancy Campbell to discuss what the award meant to her. 

Nominate now: Geographical Award 2021

We caught up with two of our previous Geographical Award recipients, Dwayne Fields and Mark Evans MBE, to discuss what the award meant to them.

Apply now for a new PhD on our Collections

Applications are now open for a PhD studentship on the Society’s Collections, as part of our Collaborative Doctoral Awards programme.

Editorial changes to our academic journals

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new editor to one of the Society’s academic journals.

Top tips for your UCAS application

Applying to universtity to study geography? Read our top tips on writing a good UCAS personal statement.

See what’s coming up this spring

We are delighted to share our spring events programme, full of interesting topics, ideas, and insight.

Your membership card for 2021

The image on this year’s membership card is taken from the Society’s collection of photographs from the 1921 Everest expedition.

Geographers recognised in New Year Honours

Congratulations to all of the geographers who were recognised in the 2021 New Year Honours list, many of whom are Fellows of the Society.

Geography at home

Following on from the government’s announcement yesterday of further coronavirus restrictions across the country, don’t forget that we have a range of resources available to support the teaching and learning of geography at home.

New radio show showcases 39 ways to save the planet

We are delighted to be working in partnership with BBC Radio 4 on a new radio series, 39 Ways to Save the Planet, which showcases 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is placing on the Earth.

12 books to read this festive season

This festive season, we asked Society Director, Professor Joe Smith, about what books he’ll be reading over the winter break.

Society closing times over Christmas

We are closed completely between Thursday 24 December 2020 and Friday 1 January 2021, inclusive.

First Master’s degrees accredited by the Society

The Society has awarded accreditation to Master’s degree programmes for the first time.

Geography key to unlocking value in National Data Strategy

The Society has responded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s consultation on the UK’s National Data Strategy.

Celebrating the work of the Society’s Research Groups

Our Research Groups have done a great job of creatively adapting to a very challenging year. In celebration of their work, here are just a few highlights from 2020.

Geography and Core Maths resources

During 2020 we have produced a range of useful information and resources from our Geography and Core Maths Initiative.

Society launches new careers sessions for students

The Society has launched a new webinar series to help geography students explore future career options.

Changes to online journals and Geographical magazine

From January 2021, all Fellows will automatically be able to access our full range of scholarly journals online.

Nominate now for our new President and Council members

We are inviting nominations from Fellows for a number of Council positions to be elected in June 2021, including the next President of the Society.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status by our Council earlier this week.

Earth Photo 2020 winners announced

Jonk has won the 2020 Earth Photo competition for his stunning series Coffee Shop, Abkhazia; Hotel, Portugal; Swimming Pool, Italy and Theater, Abkhazia, which depict abandoned spaces reclaimed by nature.

Give the gift of membership this Christmas

To satisfy the curiosity of your loved one this Christmas, look no further than the gift of Society membership.

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021

We are delighted to announce our plans for our 2021 Annual International Conference which will take place from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021.

Schools Essay Competition winners announced

The Society and the Financial Times are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended students of their joint Schools Essay Competition.

Geographers in Government Conference 2020

The Government Geography Profession is hosting its third annual conference next week, with a series of plenary panel discussions and workshops taking place online.

Discovering the Weddell Sea digital album

To coincide with Antarctica Day, the Society is delighted to launch our new online Antarctic Album designed for pupils, teachers and parents to learn more about Antarctica and its adjacent ocean, the Weddell Sea.  

Hire our venue for your events in 2021

Are you planning events for 2021 and looking for a venue? The Society is an iconic venue that offers event organisers state-of-the-art audiovisual broadcast and recording facilities to deliver their events online.

The geography of geography: research and findings

The Society commissioned a significant piece of independent research using the Department for Education’s National Pupil Database and linked HESA data to know more about who is choosing to study geography at different levels.

Young Geographers of the Year announced

The winners of the 2020 Young Geographer of the Year competition have been announced.

Nominate now for the 2021 medals and awards

Every year our medals and awards recognise geographers who have made a significant contribution to geographical research, fieldwork, teaching, policymaking and public engagement.

GIS Day 2020

Chartered Geographers and Fellows of the Society are marking GIS Day with events and celebrations, highlighting applications of the technology and the impact it can have on solving problems and enabling good decision-making.

Five lectures you must watch during London Climate Action Week

To mark London Climate Action Week, we’ve collated a list of five lectures and talks that you must watch this week.

Geography in Government award winners announced

Congratulations to Natural England and its Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) team, who were announced as the winners of the 2020 Geography in Government award in an online awards ceremony yesterday.

Renew your membership and continue supporting geographers and geography

We would like to thank all our Fellows and members for their support throughout this incredibly difficult year which is paramount to continuing our work across the breadth of sectors that rely on geographers and geography. If you are able, please do renew when your subscription becomes due.

Northern Ireland Regional Committee celebrates its 10th anniversary

The Society’s Northern Ireland Regional Committee is celebrating its 10th anniversary today.

Enriched media for Geo: Geography and Environment papers

Geo: Geography and Environment the Society’s open access, online-only journal has had a recent upgrade which now allows audio and video files to be hosted directly within its articles.

Book now for Explore 2020

The Society’s 44th annual fieldwork and planning seminar is fast approaching, and this year it is taking place entirely online.

Join our Research Groups

The Society has 32 Research and Working Groups, covering a wide range of subdisciplines from historical or urban geography to the geographies of transport or gender, and many more.

Apply now to become the BSA’s next Geography Recorder

The British Science Association (BSA) are looking for their next volunteer Geography Scientific Section Recorder to advise the organisation within the field of geography and develop relevant events for the British Science Festival. 

Society Research Group establishes online writing community

Following on from a successful virtual writing retreat earlier this year, the Society’s Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group have established an ongoing virtual writing community.

Five lectures you must watch this World Food Day

To mark World Food Day, we have collated five of our lectures and talks that you must see.

Apply now for our 2021 grants

Every year we support over 60 fieldwork projects with our range of grants, many of which have application deadlines coming up over the next few weeks.

Rex Walford Award 2020 recipient announced

Congratulations to Emily Chandler, who is the recipient of this year’s Rex Walford Award.

Ada Lovelace Day 2020

As part of Ada Lovelace Day, we asked five of our Chartered Geographers how using geographical thinking has supported them in their careers and why geography is important to them.

Webinar about the Society’s map collection

This week Alasdair Macleod, Head of Resources and Enterprises, and Sarah Evans, Research and Collections Engagement Manager at the Society, are taking part in a webinar about the Society’s map collection.

Geographers contribute to Spatial Data Science Conference 2020

Geographers, including Chartered Geographers and Fellows of the Society, will be featured in keynote presentations, workshops and panels at Carto’s international Spatial Data Science Conference next week.

Author meets critics: Home SOS

Join our Author meets critics session with author of Home SOS, Professor Katherine Brickell of Royal Holloway, University of London.

You said, we did: results from this year’s Membership Survey

In January, we asked our Fellows and members about how they engage with the Society: how they keep up to date with our activities, which member benefits they use, and if they had suggestions for how we could improve their membership experience.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status by our Council in September.

Black History Month

To mark Black History Month this year, we will be featuring Black geographers from the 1800s to the present day who have a connection to the Society and who have contributed to a better understanding of our world.

Lowther Lodge remains closed until January

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Society's building is currently closed to everyone - including Fellows and members - and staff are working remotely.

Catch up with our lectures online

All of our lectures and events are currently being live-streamed, but if you’re not able to make one of our online events at its scheduled time, you can easily catch up, or watch your favourites again, via our website.

Research Group competition: communicating climate change

The Society’s Climate Change Research Group has launched a competition seeking the most effective, original and engaging ways to encourage action on climate change.

Report finds geography ‘vital’ to UK private sector

Geographical knowledge and skills are vital to the UK private sector, according to a new report published by the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professional Practice Group on Disaster Risk Management proposed

The Society is pleased to be considering a proposal for its first Professional Practice Group: a network for professionals and others interested in the field of Disaster Risk Management. 

Society events to enjoy this autumn

Our online autumn events programme is full of topical issues and themes - book now to avoid missing out!

Give Young Geographer as a gift

As the new academic year begins, why not gift Society membership to the Young Geographer in your life?

Royal Anthropological Institute online conference taking place this week

We are delighted to be partnering with the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) on their virtual conference, which is taking place online this week.

Area publishes first editorial by new Editors

Area, one of the Society’s four academic journals, has published the first editorial from the new team of Editors, Continuing conversations: Reflections on the role and future of Area from the new editorial team.

Training courses approved to use Chartered Geographer CPD Mark

We are delighted to announce that a range of continuing professional development (CPD) courses from Esri UK and Ireland, GIS24 and WSP have been approved to use the Society’s CPD Mark.

Call for proposals now open for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Programme

We are delighted to announce that the call for proposals for AHRC collaborative doctoral projects to start in autumn 2021 is now open.

Book now for our autumn teacher CPD events

Our autumn programme of teacher CPD events is now available to book online.

Author meets critics: Geographies of Anticolonialism

Join our Author meets critics session with author of Geographies of Anticolonialism, Dr Andy Davies of the University of Liverpool.

Congratulations: GCSE results day

Congratulations to everyone receiving their GCSE geography results today.

Apply for our Wiley Digital Archive Research Fellowships

We are delighted to announce applications for our Wiley Digital Archive Research Fellowships are open.

Don’t miss the PGF@Home Twitter conference

Join our Postgraduate Forum as they hold their first Twitter conference from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 August.

Congratulations: A Level results day

Congratulations to everyone receiving their A Level geography results today.

Apply to give a microlecture

Do you have a journey you want to share with others? Can you inspire, entertain and engage a public audience? Have you always wanted to speak on the Society’s Ondaatje Theatre stage? If so, apply now to become one of 2021’s microlecturers.

WIREs Climate Change celebrates 10 years

WIREs Climate Change, a Wiley journal published in association with the Society and the Royal Meteorological Society, is celebrating 10 years of publishing.

When research gets personal – online discussion sessions

Our Geographies of Health and Wellbeing Research Group are hosting a series of online discussion sessions on the realities of doing research that is personal.

New career resources for professional geographers

If you are using your geographical skills, knowledge and understanding in the workplace, have a look at our new bank of online career resources for professional geographers.

Research Group AGMs taking place online

This year the Society's Research Groups will be holding their AGMs online.

Get involved with our Urban Geography Research Group

The Society is looking to revive our Urban Geography Research Group this summer and we are seeking enthusiastic urban geographers to join the new committee to take the group forward.

Earth Photo 2020 shortlisted images announced

A shortlist of 50 of the best environmental photographs and four films that document the Earth in all its diversity, have been selected for the Society’s Earth Photo competition, opening as a virtual exhibition today.

Geography excels in 2020 student survey

The results of the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS), published on 15 July, once again paint a positive picture of geography student experiences across the UK.

Celebrating the work of the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award

To celebrate the work of the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award, we have created an interactive story map to give an insight into the breadth of the award and a selection of the wide range of projects it has supported.

Register of Chartered Geographers launched

We have relaunched the register of Chartered Geographers (CGeog) on our website.

Researchers in the spotlight

Over the last year our Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group (GCYFRG) have been profiling researchers active in their part of the discipline, through their Researcher in the Spotlight series.

Hidden Histories of Exploration

We are delighted to announce our latest online exhibition: Hidden Histories of Exploration.

Applications to study geography rise during lockdown

New data show that the number of students applying to study geography at university in 2020 is higher than in 2019.

Home SOS out now

The latest addition to the RGS-IBG book series, Home SOS: Gender, Violence, and Survival in Crisis Ordinary Cambodia, is now available to order online.

James Esson: Taylor and Francis Award recipient 2020

As part of our celebration of this year’s medals and awards recipients, we caught up with Dr James Esson, recipient of the Taylor and Francis Award for his contributions to teaching and learning in higher education, in our most recent Geography now podcast.

New Chartered Geographers approved by Council

Congratulations to our Fellows who were awarded Chartered Geographer status by our Council in June.

Lowther Lodge closed until November

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Society's building is currently closed to everyone - including Fellows and members - and staff are working remotely.

PGF@Home Twitter Conference

We’re excited to announce that the Postgraduate Forum Twitter Conference will take place online from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 August.

Digital Geographies Research Group online symposium

Our Digital Geographies Research Group (DGRG) are holding their annual symposium on Wednesday 1 July, on Using the Digital: Methodologies, Teaching, and Everyday Practice. 

AC2022 to be held in Newcastle

We’re excited to announce that our 2022 Annual International Conference will be held at Newcastle University between Tuesday 30 August and Friday 2 September 2022.

Society welcomes focus on capabilities and skills in National Geospatial Strategy

The Geospatial Commission launched its National Geospatial Strategy yesterday.

Geographers in Government group becomes independent profession

The Government Geography Profession has become a standalone profession within the Government Analysis Function and will be based at the Cabinet Office with the Geospatial Commission.

Geography students recognised for excellence

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2019 Excellence Awards and congratulate the students who achieved the highest marks nationally in last year’s summer examinations.

PGF@Home: publishing in geography

A series of blog posts on academic publishing for early career researchers, or those taking the first steps in their publishing careers are now live on the Post Graduate Forum (PGF) website.

Annual dissertation prizes open for submissions

The annual dissertation prizes offered by the Society, our Research Groups, the Quaternary Research Association and the British Society for Geomorphology are now open for submissions.

Society statement on the global Black Lives Matter protests

The Society stands in solidarity with Black communities globally against racism and inequality, and joins the global calls to reaffirm that Black lives matter following the shocking and tragic death of George Floyd.

Michael Jones: Patron’s Medal recipient 2020

We caught up with Michael Jones, recipient of the Patron’s Medal for his contribution to the development of geospatial information, to discuss his career, his greatest achievement and his love of maps.

Personalised feedback for Chartered Geographers

Since late 2019, Chartered Geographers have been able to request that their CPD log is reviewed and certified by the accreditation scheme’s assessors.

Deadline for our Teacher Training Scholarships fast approaching

There are only three weeks left for geographers wanting to start their teacher training in autumn 2020 to apply for our Geography Teacher Training Scholarship programme.

Volunteers’ Week 2020

This week is Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people across the UK make through volunteering each year.

New Council members elected

Congratulations to the newest members of our Council, who were elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday.

Geographers essential to the workforce of the future

Graduates in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) are as employable as graduates of STEM subjects, according to a new report from the British Academy.

Sustained employment for postgraduate geographers

New data released by the Department for Education show that over 81% of master’s level geography graduates were in sustained employment, further study, or both, five years after graduation.

Meet the journal editors: Area

We caught up with two of the co-editors, Professor Hilary Geoghegan and Dr Julian Leyland, for our journal Area.

School essay competition launched

The Society and the Financial Times are pleased to announce the launch of our joint School Essay Competition for 2020.

Dr Menusha De Silva receives Area prize

Dr Menusha De Silva (University of Singapore, Singapore) has received this year’s Area prize.

Supporting our Research Groups

Due to the current uncertain circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, many of our Research Groups are rethinking their planned activities for the year.

2020 medal and award recipients announced

This year our medals and awards recognise 22 different people or organisations for their outstanding contributions to geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, artwork, and public engagement.

Society extends agreement with Association for Geographic Information

The Society is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement with the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) that continues the strategic alliance between the two organisations.

Geography Directions calls for contributions on COVID-19

Geography Directions, the Society’s blog linked to our scholarly journals, is calling for contributions that bring a geographical lens to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as well as pieces that consider the future, and the world, after the pandemic.

New Society Working Group approved

We are delighted to announce a new Working Group: the Latin American Geographies Working Group (LAGWG).

Briefing report: Financing net zero

Following on from a discussion forum that explored the challenge of financing net zero, the Society has published a briefing report summarising the actions required to meet the scale and pace of change needed to reach a net zero economy.

Elections for Postgraduate Forum committee 2020-21

We are pleased to announce that nominations for positions on the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Committee 2020-2021 are now open.

Geographer leads COVID-19 pandemic modelling

Society medal recipient Professor Mark Birkin is leading a key workstream of The Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP) initiative.

PGF@Home launched

The Society, the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum (PGF), and the PGF Midterm Organisation Committee are working together to explore how we can provide digital spaces on the PGF website that give postgraduates the opportunity to engage with other researchers both within and across the discipline.

Teacher CPD events now online

With the Society currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are hosting our summer programme of teacher CPD events online.

Watch our summer programme of Monday night lectures online

With the Society currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our summer programme of Monday night lectures is being streamed online for Fellows and members.

Grants programme supports 39 field projects

The global coronavirus pandemic has led to significant disruption to the fieldwork plans of many researchers. The Society, through its grants programme, is continuing to select and commit funding for researchers who plan to go into the field when it is safe and responsible to do so.

Earth Day 2020

To mark Earth Day, we’re making our recent Monday night lecture by Dr Tamsin Edwards ‘What fate for Antarctica’ free to view for one week until Wednesday 29 April.

Meet the journal editors: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

We caught up with three of the editors for our journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Society furloughs eight staff

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, eight members of Society staff have been furloughed.

Weddell Sea school resources receive Geographical Association award

We are delighted to announce that our Weddell Sea educational resources have received a Highly Commended Award from the 2020 Geographical Association (GA) Publishers’ Awards.

The world beyond my window

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

Master’s degree accreditation to launch in autumn

The Society is expanding its university programme accreditation scheme this autumn to include UK geography Master’s programmes.

Society launches new support for professional geographers

The Society has launched Professional Practice Groups, a new framework of support for professional geographers which brings together those with an interest and expertise in a thematic or sectoral area of professional geographical practice.

AC2020 postponed until 2021

We are disappointed to announce that the 2020 RGS-IBG Annual International Conference will be postponed until 2021.

Catch up with our educational podcast

The latest episode of our Ask the geographer podcast, features East Londoner Victoria Ayodeji and her remarkable journey from Hackney to the University of Cambridge.

Open access deal for UK researchers in the Society’s journals

Last month, Jisc, the UK’s research and education not-for-profit organisation, and publisher Wiley signed a four year ‘read and publish’ agreement that extends to many UK universities and research institutions.

Editorial appointments for our journals

We are pleased to announce some new editorial appointments for our journals.

Geographers elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations to the six geographers who were elected as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences last week.

Geography graduate earnings remain strong

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has concluded that university study is a good investment for most students, with those pursuing higher education better off after taxes, student loan repayments and foregone earnings are accounted for.

New school resources for Antarctic conservation

We are very pleased to have received funding from the Flotilla Foundation to build on our work as educational partner for the Weddell Sea Expedition.

Supporting professionals towards Chartered Geographer

Geography Professional is a new programme of support for professionals who are committed to making an application for Chartered Geographer (CGeog) accreditation.

Core Maths supports young geographers

The Society is delighted to be working with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (managed by MEI) to launch our new Geography and Core Maths initiative, funded by the Department for Education.

Discovering Antarctica stamp competition

This year marks 200 years since the discovery of Antarctica, and to celebrate the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) is running a competition for children aged 4-17 to design an official postage stamp for the territory.

International Women’s Day 2020

Today is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion we’re acknowledging the diversity of field research that some of our inspirational female grant recipients have undertaken in a range of countries over the past year.

Geographical lates: British landscapes

Join us for our next Geographical lates event on Britain’s stunning landscapes on Friday 20 March.

Geographers unique insights showcased in our Geovisualisation series

Geovisualisations is a new series of images and articles that explore the power of maps and geographical data visualisations for telling stories about our world.

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 for Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent’s Naga tales

Recipient of the 2019 Neville Shulman Challenge Award, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, will be sharing tales from her travels to the remote Nagalands of India and Myanmar in an episode of Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4.

Explore the latest research with our journals

The Society’s four leading international journals, Area, Geo: Geography and Environment, The Geographical Journal and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, cover the full spectrum of geographical research. And as the latest issues go to print, here is a preview of some of their content.

Apply now for the 2020 Fieldwork Apprenticeships

The deadline for this year’s Fieldwork Apprenticeships is fast approaching.

Apply now for new PhD on our Collections

Applications are now open for a PhD studentship on the Society’s Collections, as part of our Collaborative Doctoral Awards programme.