March 2017

March 2017
01 Mar
A selection of RGS-IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for March 2017

1 March, 7pm

Discovering People: Shappi Khorsandi

(Interview, London)

In conversation with the comedian, broadcaster and author, exploring how geography has shaped her thoughts and influenced her life. Shappi will share significant events and reflect on turning points, providing an insight into some of the issues - gender, religion, family, freedom and multicultural society – she addresses in her literary and stage work.

Tickets: £10, RGS-IBG members £7. Booking: 020 7591 3100;

7 March, 5pm

An evening on coasts

(Lectures, Q+A and reception, Bournemouth)

The evening will include talks by two eminent speakers: ‘Coast: stories from the edge’ by Nicholas Crane and ‘The impacts of the 201314 storms on coastal systems in Southwest England’ by Gerd Masselink (Plymouth University).

Venue: Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth. Tickets: £7.50, includes wine and nibbles. Book in advance. For full information, please visit

9 March, 5.30pm

Citizenship and equality

(Tyneside geographical lecture, Newcastle)

Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, and Dr Kaneez Shaid, Chair of Trustees of Citizens UK, converse on contemporary issues of citizenship, segregation, equality and empowerment, drawing on their unique insights from local representation and community organising in Newcastle and east London.

Venue: Newcastle University. Places: free and open to all. Please visit

10-16 March

Crossing the Empty Quarter

(Lectures, various locations)

British explorer Mark Evans MBE describes his 49-day, 1,300km journey on foot and by camel across the world's biggest sand desert, retracing Bertram Thomas' 1930 crossing.

Dates and venues: 10: Northumbria University, Newcastle; 11: University of Cumbria; 12: Sheffield Hallam University; 13: Bristol Grammar School; 14: University of Exeter; 15: Birmingham and Midland Institute; 16: Assembly House, Norwich For full information, visit

cumbria flooding

11 March, 2.30–6pm

Flooding: national problem, local solutions?

(Public panel discussion, Penrith)

An expert panel will examine whether the Cumbria Action Plan is likely to be effective and how, in the face of increasing flood risk, communities can use local knowledge to build resilience and help deliver a national flood plan.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Penrith. Tickets: £15, RGS-IBG members/students £12.50. Telephone 017688 68000 to book. Further information:

13 March, 7pm

The human journey

(Lecture, Calne)

This lecture by anatomist, physical anthropologist and author Professor Alice Roberts will investigate how science can help unravel the mystery of the human journey, from the origins and evolution of the human race to embryology. Professor Alice Roberts' television credits include Coast, The incredible human journey, and Origins of us.

Venue: St Mary's Calne. Places: free, advance booking required, please visit

14 March, 7.30pm

Bombay mix

(Lecture, Chester)

Gill Miller (International Development Studies, University of Chester) will explore the ways in which globalisation and rapid development over the last 25 years have affected India's identity. She will also examine how the contrasts and inequalities abundant in Indian society may contribute to cultural division as it strives to become one nation.

Venue: Chester University. Places: free, for full information, please visit


22 March, 7pm

Geographical journeys

(Microlectures, London)

Compered by anthropologist and broadcaster Mary-Ann Ochota, this evening will be packed with tales of adventure and discovery to entertain and inspire, including an expedition to uncover the treasures of Sir David Attenborough’s 1950s journeys in Southeast Asia; life in a matrilineal society in the South Pacific; and comradery on a British coastal trek.

Tickets from £9, telephone 020 7591 3100 or book online

23 March, 7pm

The geography of fly fishing

(Lecture, Kendal)

Robin Ashcroft will share his sporting experiences in pursuit of elusive quarries of brown trout, sea trout and salmon, revealing ways in which knowledge of geography and riverine topography – key influences in their natural history – can be applied.

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus. Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members free. For full details please visit

30 March, 7.30pm

Kate Marsden in Siberia: an ongoing journey

(Lecture, Bath)

Jacki Hill-Murphy follows in the gruelling path of nurse Kate Marsden who journeyed by sledge and on horseback, sometimes at -50°C, across Siberia in 1891 searching for lepers. Re-creating the original journey by public transport, Jacki found the remains of the leper colony, and celebrates Kate Marsden's achievements. 

Venue: BRLSI, Bath. Places: £4 on entry, RGS-IBG members and students £2.

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