In memoriam: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

We are saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

AC2022: Thursday's highlights

Day three of conference saw another full day of sessions, taking place across Newcastle University and online, as well as fieldtrips and exhibitions.

Why geography matters in disaster risk management

The Society’s Disaster Risk Management Professional Practice Group (DRM PPG) interviewed professionals working in disaster risk management about the role of geography in their work and careers.

New teaching and learning resources for schools

Find out more about our new teaching and learning resources, exploring Crossrail and how to use audio recording in teaching.

Ness Award recipient - Lemn Sissay

We spoke to Ness Award recipient, Lemn Sissay, about the importance of poetry and language, and how his work speaks to geographical themes.

Through a wild lens - Toby Strong: UK tour

This summer multi-Emmy and Bafta winning wildlife cameraman Toby Strong is touring the UK as part of the Society’s Regional Theatres Programme with a talk full of passion, humour, and heart.

This National Lottery Open Week we’re saying #thankstoyou

The Society is pleased to be taking part in National Lottery Open Week, an annual celebration of the contribution National Lottery players make every week in support of good cause projects, just like ours.

Society partners with research projects to examine human impact on river systems

The Society is delighted to be working with geographers leading UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded projects, to further our understanding of human influence on river basin functioning.

UK tour extended: 39 Ways to Save the Planet

This spring, Society Fellow, reporter and presenter, Tom Heap, is extending the UK tour of his talk exploring 39 ideas that could address climate change.

Earth Photo 2022 open for entries

The Society is excited to announce the 2022 Earth Photo competition is open for entries.

Upcoming grant deadlines for teachers, students and researchers

Application deadlines for many of the Society’s grants supporting fieldwork and research by undergraduate, masters and PhD students; teachers and schools; and early career and established researchers are fast approaching.

Updates on our CDA students

Over the past few months, the Society’s seven current PhD students have continued to carry out their research on the Collections, as well as several associated activities related to their projects.

National Get Outside Day

Sunday 26 September is National Get Outside Day – an opportunity to celebrate the great outdoors and inspire the nation to get outside more often.

AC2021: Friday’s highlights

The final day of the conference was another action-packed day, with a further 214 sessions across 35 stages.

AC2021: Tuesday’s highlights

Today we welcomed delegates to the first day of this year’s Annual International Conference.

Congratulations to our new Chartered Geographers

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

Remapping our lives

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

Get involved this International Women’s Day

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

Society closing times over Christmas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Research Group AGMs taking place online

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

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.

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.

The world beyond my window

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

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.

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.

Apply now for the Frederick Soddy Schools Award

Every year, the Frederick Soddy Schools Award offers grants of between £200 and £600 to teachers leading groups of pupils, from UK and Ireland schools.

Response to Danny Dorling's comments on geography degrees

In response to Professor Danny Dorling’s comments about geography degrees, the Society has released the following statement.

Our Planet: in the hands of young people

Prior to his lecture at the University of Cumbria later this month, we caught up with Education Manager for Our Planet and a member of the Education Leadership Group for the WWF Global Network, Matt Larsen-Daw, to discuss his highlights of working on the series and the challenges for reaching a sustainable future.

November’s issue of Geographical out now

This month’s issue of Geographical explores the divisive legacy of Captain James Cook.

Doctoral students uncover migrant experiences

We caught up with Alikhan Mohideen and Selina Chipo Pasirayi to discuss their research as part of the Migrants on the margins project.

Call for papers for the Postgraduate Forum Midterm Conference 2020

The RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum’s 2020 Midterm Conference takes place between 30 April – 1 May and the call for papers is now open.

What to expect at Explore

Each November the Society hosts Explore, a weekend for anyone aspiring to undertake original geographical field research, plan a conservation project or travel with a purpose.

New PhD student begins project on Halley Bay

We are delighted to welcome our newest Collaborative Doctoral Award student, Alice Oates, who has started her PhD project exploring the governance of Antarctica.

October’s issue of Geographical out now

This month’s issue of Geographical features a deep dive into ocean ‘jellification’.

AC2019: Thursday’s research highlights

Research on soil ecology, fertility apps and climate change influencers was presented at our conference yesterday.

Mobile Malaria project update

The 2018 Land Rover Bursary recipients travelled over 6,300 km across Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya to investigate the challenges facing those on the front line of malaria control in Africa.

Latest journal issues available

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

Fieldwork Apprentices head out into the field

Our 2019 Fieldwork Apprentices are heading out into the field to begin their fieldwork.

New Council members elected

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

Ron Cooke Award recipient announced

The first Ron Cooke Award has been awarded to Gregory Pearson for his A Level Independent Investigation An investigation into the form and nature of scree slopes on the North side of the Ogwen Valley.

Career profiles showcase where geography can take you

The Society’s new series of online careers profiles showcase the diversity of jobs that studying geography can lead to.

On Shifting Foundations

On Shifting Foundations: state rescaling, policy experimentation and path-dependency in post-1949 China, by Dr Kean Fan Lim, is the newest addition to the RGS-IBG book series.

Drone technology helps map malaria in Zanzibar

Drone technology is helping to identify potential malaria hotspots by mapping aquatic mosquito breeding habitats in Zanzibar, thanks to a pilot project funded by our grants programme in 2015.

Weddell Sea resources shortlisted for The Education Resources Awards

We are delighted to announce that our Weddell Sea Expedition resources have been selected as a finalist for The Education Resources Awards.

March’s issue of Geographical out now

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.

Earth Photo 2019 competition launched

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

Society Director interviewed by Japanese broadcaster NHK World

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.

Geography in the news: COP24 and climate change

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).

Death of a Translator

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.

Geography Ambassadors start training

Our newest cohort of Geography Ambassadors begin their training over the coming weeks in preparation for their first school visits.

Supporting your studies: Postgraduate Fellowship

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Discovering Britain receives award for outstanding content

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

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.