Find inspiration in our online catalogue of past events, talks and podcasts featuring a wide variety of speakers.
This talk presents findings from the ASSIST research project. Starting from a geological perspective and issues of spatial proximity and sense place, the project also incorporates insights and methods from psychology and computer science.
24 February 2021
Emma will discuss her expedition journey from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, across the Davis Strait to Resolute, Nunavut.
4 February 2021
Andy Dickson is a triathlete with a passion for the Lake District, the UK’s most visited national park. In 2020 he set himself the challenge of tackling two iconic ultra-endurance journeys - the Frog Graham and Frog Whitton - through the mountains, valleys and lakes of this celebrated landscape, becoming the first person ever to complete both.
28 January 2021
To discover more of the story of its independence, Olie Hunter Smart takes on an immense challenge to walk the length of India - a 4,500km journey over seven months seeking out untold stories of India's independence and partition.
14 January 2021
Ensuring aid safely reaches the right place is a vital job. Henry will give us insight into the obstacles in supplying aid and the strategies used to overcome them.
12 January 2021
Kate explores the RGS-IBG’s digital library to identify the African women in the expeditions of David Livingstone.
14 December 2020
Hear how Michael and his team overcame the difficulties to make a documentary series in one of the least visited countries in the world.
7 December 2020
Get your snorkel gear at the ready and come on an adventure into the North Atlantic Ocean!
5 December 2020
Learn about what we can all do to help save the sea no matter where we live.
The focus is Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova expedition which relied so heavily on the support of the Society.
Kate is passionate about outreach and engagement and is an advocate of zero-emission living - even at the poles.
2 December 2020
In 1874, John Forrest led an expedition on a 2,700 mile crossing of Australia’s Western Desert.
30 November 2020
DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser explains how this can be done.
23 November 2020
we delve into this masterpiece of nature writing where Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland.
19 November 2020
We discuss the risks to the UK of a world that’s three degrees warmer, as well as how we can adapt in response.
18 November 2020
Rewilding: it’s a popular word and it probably isn’t going away. But what does it really mean?
17 November 2020
Kristine speaks of her personal experience working in Chile and Argentina to restore damaged ecosystems and bring back native species, and the moral imperative we all have to stand up for nature.
16 November 2020
Talks and discussion to inspire and inform your own projects.
14 November 2020
We explore how a brief UV-B burst, during a climatic warming interval, collapsed the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary terrestrial ecosystem.
10 November 2020
Climate change is a geopolitical problem, impacting all countries and requiring global action.
RGS-IBG 2019 Award Recipients Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Redzi Bernard discuss their travels in India, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
9 November 2020
In this audio-only event, Jacki Hill-Murphy is interviewed by Penny Tranter about her forthcoming book ‘The Life and Travels of Isabella Bird’.
4 November 2020
Two great firsts. The 50th anniversary Mount Everest Foundation lecture.
3 November 2020
A look at the background to the British attempts to climb Mount Everest in the 1920s and at the expeditions of 1921, 1922 and 1924. Illustrated by archives, artefacts and photographs from the Collections of the Society.
2 November 2020
Learn more about Antarctica’s unique geopolitical situation, current research being conducted, as well as an insight into the future of this continent.
29 October 2020
Retail geography in Britain has changed constantly throughout history, but the triple impacts of the internet, Covid-19 and Brexit threaten unprecedented change, possibly irreversible.
27 October 2020
At a time when independent travel seems like a distant memory, Rajesh reflects upon the glory of slow travel and how it will adapt in the future.
26 October 2020
Join our panel of travel vloggers and videographers to learn how to create great travel videos.
21 October 2020
The iconic architecture and culture that defines New York as we know it today, from the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre. It was Gotham's defining decade.
19 October 2020
In this lecture Nigel challenges us to set aside our normal assumptions and take off our NHS spectacles to see the world differently and take control of our health.
Simon Leatherdale tells us why the coastal woods of the UK are under appreciated on a national level, as they represent a unique natural habitat where beach meets bough.
15 October 2020
The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. Join us for a panel discussion on the book and the themes it raises.
14 October 2020
Drawing on four decades of research in West Africa, Tony Binns explores the crucial role of urban agriculture in post-conflict Sierra Leone.
13 October 2020
Two of our most recent medalists will discuss the progress of development in the Asian countryside and the threats to rural livelihoods in Peru post-Covid-19.
12 October 2020
In this episode of Geography Now, critically acclaimed author Ben Wilson joins us to discuss the history of 'humankind's greatest invention', the city.
9 October 2020
Margaret discusses the distinctive ways in which mariners from England, France, Spain and the Netherlands deployed instruments and determined their daily progress.
8 October 2020
Coastal marine ecosystems are not only beautiful, but also reduce impacts from climate change, enhance coastal wildlife, fisheries and local economies.
7 October 2020
This event combines a short film, a virtual exhibition tour and a Q&A to launch ‘Sense of Here’.
6 October 2020
This lecture focuses on these dynamics in Cambodia, examining how classical dance has been mobilised to rebuild the Cambodian nation after the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-1979).
5 October 2020
In this short presentation, Jacki Hill-Murphy speaks to Penny Tranter about all things weather.
1 October 2020
Andy highlights the importance of geography and integration of new forms of dynamic spatial data in understanding disease spread, designing elimination strategies and planning for the next pandemic.
28 September 2020
In this episode of Geography Now, archaeologist Mary-Ann Ochota talks to us about the unearthed mysteries of the past, taking us on a geographical journey around Britain.
25 September 2020
Developing Slow Ways: a network of walking routes that connects Great Britain's towns and cities. How can we all contribute?
23 September 2020
Having retraced Shackleton’s 1916 survival journey, Tim explains how South Georgia’s glacial melt over the past 100 years has confirmed the importance of Shackletonian leadership in tackling climate change.
21 September 2020
This lecture examines the circumstances surrounding the abduction of Kallihirua, a member of the Inughuit community of Northern Greenland who was visited by the crew of the Assistance during the 1850–51 Franklin Search Expedition.
Rewilding is believed to be our hope for the future, breathing life into our landscapes and rural communities.
16 September 2020
In this interview, Dr Bharat Pankhania talks about the coronvairus pandemic, giving a fascinating and chilling insight into its future impact on society.
15 September 2020
In this episode of Geography now, geologist Alice Fugagnoli discusses her PhD research on the effect of microplastics on the geological cycle, and how the impact of COVID-19 might be seen by future generations.
28 August 2020
From Phipps to Fiennes: a look at some of the explorers who tried to reach the North or South Poles and some who tried to do both.
25 August 2020
19 August 2020
A fantastic opportunity to hear from number one best-selling author, Alice Morrison, so close to finishing her latest expedition across the Sahara.
18 August 2020
Antipodes on the page looks at the European encounter with Australia and New Zealand from the early navigators and first colonists through to the period of inland exploration.
17 August 2020
Seaside pleasure piers are unique heritage assets and flagship tourism attractions at Britain’s coastal resorts, but piers are increasingly under threat.
11 August 2020
Soil is our vital resource yet we tend to overlook it. Most people have contact with soil daily, even if only walking over it, but will rarely consider its value.
29 July 2020
Dr James Esson talks to us about his research on the irregular migration of West African males to Europe through football related human trafficking and race issues within British geography.
3 July 2020
In this episode of Geography now, Chief Executive of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) Camilla Nichol joins us to talk about the 200th year since Antarctica was sighted, and the heritage conservation work that UKAHT are involved with.
26 June 2020
Join Chris Speight for this virtual walk around Kielder.
23 June 2020
In this episode of Geography now, entomologist Eleanor Drinkwater discusses her recent fieldwork researching Titan beetles, her love of talking about invertebrates, and how she paved her unique geographical career path.
19 June 2020
In this episode of Geography now, Dr Janey Messina talks to us about the work that she does as a geographer in the field of health, the interdisciplinarity of geography, and how geographers can help to deal with a pandemic.
12 June 2020
World-renowned climber and alpinist, Leo has led major expeditions and hard first ascents on every continent from El Capitan to Everest and from the Amazon to Antarctica. He has produced multiple award winning films of these expeditions taking modern action sports to the most remote corners of Earth.
Hear Snowdonia’s various pasts and futures as a cultural landscape, as wildland, and as a people's playground.
11 June 2020
Join Chris Speight for this virtual walk around Fort William. Locks, lochs, glens and Bens - this virtual walk has it all.
9 June 2020
Luke Turner talks about his book Out of the Woods, a critically acclaimed work of memoir and nature writing.
In this episode of Geography now, ocean advocate and skipper Emily Penn joins us to discuss her recent expedition to raise awareness of the ocean plastic problem, a new platform to help us find solutions, and what we can learn from living at sea.
5 June 2020
What makes a successful rural community? How can community be developed? How can success be measured?
3 June 2020
In this episode of Geography now, Nancy Campbell joins us to discuss her poetry, the geographical individuals who have inspired her work, and what it means to be the recipient of the 2020 Ness Award.
29 May 2020
Take a virtual journey with photographer Beth Wald into the remote and harshly beautiful Wakhan Corridor of northeast Afghanistan.
25 May 2020
In this episode of Geography now podcast, Peter Cooper discusses animal reintroductions from a British perspective.
22 May 2020
Professor Tom Rippeth explores the interconnectedness of the global oceans with our weather and climate.
20 May 2020
Paul Rose takes us on an expedition across the world from your own home.
18 May 2020
Humanity’s tenure on Earth has had very far-reaching consequences. Joe charts the past, present and future of environmental ideas and actions to help find a way through these difficult times.
11 May 2020
A guided virtual walk full of fascinating context and history, led by Dick Bateman.
30 April 2020
We live in a world shaped by food: a ‘sitopia' (from Gk. sitos, food + topos, place), yet, as Covid-19 reminds us, our failure to recognise this threatens us and our planet. Yet by learning to value food once again, we can not only address the multiple threats we face, but can build better, fairer, more resilient lives for the future.
27 April 2020
Paul reflects on life with over 50 neighbours over six years, where residents tackle the climate and now the current COVID-19 crises through living in an affordable, co-operative home ownership community made from straw and wood.
20 April 2020
Can Jamie Rutherford follow the wall and run the width of England before the sun sets?
12 March 2020
70 years after Partition, Shreyashi Dasgupta goes in search of her grandfather's old home.
Alvaro Castilla-Beltrán takes us to Cape Verde to understand the impact of humans on biodiversity, exploring the soils beneath his feet.
On an expedition to scout new routes, Peter Rosso is challenged to address long-term mental health issues while high on the cliff walls.
Ruairi Glasheen meets the young musicians drumming new life into ancient Persian traditions.
Leading an expedition to the Marquesas Islands to study a rare parrot, Liv Grant treks uninhabited islands, swims shark-filled waters and joins a festival of feathers.
Becca Marsh, Maximillian White and Joel Chevallier take adventures to misrepresented places, beginning with a trip around the globe in a £75 car.
Greenland and Antarctica are distant, unfamiliar places. We hear of giant icebergs breaking away, glaciers crumbling: but how much we do know about the fate of these great ice sheets?
9 March 2020
‘The lines, which are so very fine’: John Harrison, William Hogarth and the trouble with drawing a line of Longitude. Katy considers how a clockmaker and an engraver played their parts in how the longitude problem was solved on paper, in London, before it could ever be resolved at sea.
2 March 2020
Having successfully crewed the first British sailing boat to sail around the North East/North West passages in one season, David gives us his personal account of this exciting journey and the consequences of this venture.
24 February 2020
Our expert panel look at food security and the potential role of new technology, as well as how we can be more mindful of seasonality, production processes, consumption and waste.
20 February 2020
Peter explores how the strategic location of Singapore has historically made it a contested space and what role the island and its settlements have played across the centuries.
17 February 2020
The Director of the world’s largest migration research project argues that inequality should be central to our thinking about migration and how inequality is an important analytical tool for understanding migration processes and outcomes.
10 February 2020
Photographer Guillaume Bonn and curator Rozemin Keshvani discuss Bonn's photo essay on East Africa's disappearing past, barely recognisable but through the echoes of architectural ruins and fragile landscapes.
3 February 2020
Isabella tells the story of a daring rewilding experiment at Knepp Estate in West Sussex, showing how a wilder countryside can benefit farming, nature and us.
27 January 2020
Hear a panel of some of the UK's most highly respected travel journalists share their hints and tips on how to capture and record your journeys in writing, as well as their experiences on assignment.
22 January 2020
How many people can the Earth support? Christopher encourages us to think geographically about the Earth’s carrying capacity whilst considering the perils faced by our planet and our species, and how to survive them.
20 January 2020
The age of the smart mobile machine is upon us. Paul explores the intersection between artificial intelligence, robots and their environments, and implications for our country and our planet.
13 January 2020
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