8 November, 2pm
Whose broad, sunlit uplands?
(Debate and buffet, Penrith)
Lord Inglewood, President of the Uplands Alliance, will chair a distinguished panel on the future of upland farming and audience participation is welcome.
Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ. Tickets: £15 (RGS-IBG members £12.50), includes buffet meal. To book: 017688 68000 (10am-5pm).
10, 11 & 18 November
The lost kingdoms of Central America
(Lectures, King’s Lynn, Stamford, Brecon)
Archaeologist and BBC presenter Dr Jago Cooper will consider what lessons we can learn from the great civilisations of the past and the real secret to gaining and holding onto power in any society.
Venues: King’s Lynn Arts Centre; Stamford Arts Centre; Theatr Brycheiniog. For details, visit www.rgs.org/rtp
11 November, 5.15pm
Extinction and recovery: past, present and future
Numerous past mass extinctions have nearly ended the path of evolution, yet life has rebounded. As palaeontologists and geologists learn more about the history of life, their knowledge can help predict future events. Professor Mike Benton describes how survivors can recover and flourish.
Free, all welcome. Venue: Bath University. For further information please visit www.rgs.org/westandsouthwales
11 November, 6.30pm
Exploring the science and practice of river restoration
Professor Nick Clifford describes the hybrid activity of river restoration, which utilises engineering expertise to meet ecological and environmental conservation goals, and has a community-building focus.
Venue: Latymer Upper School, 237 King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9LR. Free, but advance booking required. For full details, visit www.rgs.org/hammersmith
17 November, 7.15pm
Unequal mobility: who moves in a world of migration?
Migration is a key geographical issue – from the Paddington Bear story to Mediterranean news reports. Dr Jonathan Darling will explore the social, economic and political impacts of migration, and consider how contemporary borders are being remodelled in response to emerging migration patterns.
Venue: Bootham School, York, YO30 7BU. Places: £5 on the door (RGS-IBG and GA members free).
19 November, 6.30pm
Faulty communications: living with Istanbul’s earthquake threat
Turkey’s North Anatolian Fault is primed for rupture and a destructive earthquake is likely to be within striking distance of Istanbul. Professor Iain Stewart will consider how a city of 13 million people can prepare for a potential seismic calamity.
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University. Places: £3 (free to RGS-IBG and GA members, SHU staff and students). For full details, please visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast