Royal Scottish Geographical Society Inspiring People Talks: Edinburgh

Join the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for their 2017/18 programme of Inspiring People Talks!

Royal Scottish Geographical Society Inspiring People Talks: Edinburgh

About Royal Scottish Geographical Society Inspiring People Talks: Edinburgh

We are very excited to announce our Inspiring People Talks Programme, in partnership with Tiso, for 2017 -18. We have a wonderful line up of explorers, adventurers and academics waiting to entertain you over the dark winter months so mark those calendars!

We will be hosting 2 talks per month in Edinburgh from explorers to authors and academics from the BBC’s Professor Iain Stewart (Rise of the Continents, How Earth Made Us) and Will Millard (Hunters of the South Seas), to explorers Anna McNuff and Felicity Aston.

Each of our speakers give fantastic talks, with stunning photography and are happy to be interviewed in advance of their talks.

5th October: Will Millard – Life With The Hunters of The South Seas
Join award-winning BBC presenter and writer Will for an evening of stories from a decade spent living with the South Pacific’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes. Will’s totally immersive talk is illustrated with stunning clips and exclusive images from his BBC Two documentaries and landmark expeditions. Will brings his humour and genuine sense of wonderment to a thrilling talk featuring some of the most extraordinary humans on Earth.

18th October: Luke and Hazel Robertson – Due North:Alaska – An Expedition Across a Changing Landscape
Join Luke and Hazel Robertson, RSGS Explorers in Residence, as they recount tales from their recent expedition, Due North: Alaska. From May to August 2017 Hazel and Luke kayaked, biked and ran the length of Alaska in a world-first expedition. Luke and Hazel will discuss the rewards and challenges they faced when they headed off the beaten path and into the unknown, as well as the shocking environmental changes they observed.

2nd November: Anna McNuff – Running the Length of New Zealand (and other good ideas!)
In January 2015, with no previous experience as a long-distance runner, Anna set out on a 2,000 mile run along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Travelling alone for 148 days, she moved through forests, along ridge lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. By June 2015 she had become the first person to run the length of the country entirely unsupported.

15th November: Vanessa Collingridge – Mapping Myths: the ‘Fantastic’ Geography of the Great Southern Continent
The Great Southern Continent was one of the most intriguing and enduring geographical myths in the history of Western civilisation, and the goal of the first two voyages of Captain James Cook – this vast landmass was rumoured to be home to 50 million people and have riches to rival Asia! In this lavishly-illustrated talk, Vanessa takes us on a voyage through time, space and the geographical imagination.

30th November: Professor Roger Crofts – A Taste of Iceland
So many people are now visiting this wonderful country, but are they getting a taste of the real Iceland? Roger Crofts, who has visited Iceland 26 times, gives his insights on what makes it so unique and how it has survived what nature and economic struggles have thrown at it. Roger was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon by the President in 2014.

13th December: Jo Woolf – The Great Horizon: Stories of Exploration from RSGS
From the pages of her new book The Great Horizon, based on her research in the RSGS archives, Jo Woolf brings to life the stories of some of the people who have inspired her. There are explorers from the ‘heroic age’ of polar exploration, desert travellers, renowned mountaineers, oceanographers, botanists, geologists, and a particularly daring secret agent in Bolshevist Russia!

11th January: Jason Lewis – Lessons in Sustainability: An Explorer’s Tale
What can being attacked by a crocodile, spending a year alone at sea, contracting blood poisoning and malaria, being held for espionage, and getting hit by a car and left for dead teach us about global sustainability? To find out, spend an evening with adventurer Jason Lewis, the first person to pedal east-west across the Atlantic Ocean, to rollerblade solo across the USA, and to pedal across the Pacific Ocean!

24th January: Felicity Aston – Pole of Cold: A Journey to Chase Winter
“What does winter mean to you?” This was the question that Felicity and her team sought to answer as they travelled more than 35,000km from the UK across Scandinavia and Siberia. Using images, stories, film footage and sounds gathered during the expedition, Felicity describes the people and places the team experienced as they headed into some of the most extreme winter climates in the world, including the Pole of Cold.

8th February: Alex Bescoby – A Decade in Burma
Alex picked up his first book about Burma in 2007, and a few months later he was on a plane to start a love affair that has lasted almost ten years. Since his first encounter, Alex has explored Burma extensively, and over countless cups of tea listened to incredible stories from its mind-bogglingly diverse people. Join Alex as he shares his unique insights and, delve into the soul of modern Burma.

21st February: Jim Hansom – Scotland’s Eroding Shores
Both the rate and extent of coastal erosion in Scotland has increased over recent decades. This talk examines both the underlying factors affecting the Scottish coast and probes whether our current management approaches and tools can deliver the level of mitigation and adaptation needed to ensure sustainability for our key coastal assets, infrastructure and coastal communities.

8th March: Professor Iain Stewart – The Land Below Ground: Journeys Through Britain’s Underworld
Join RSGS’s President as he takes a look at what is happening beneath the surface of the UK! From geo-energy extraction to underground disposal and storage, the rocks beneath our feet offer an important resource. With demand growing for a more sustainable development of human environments above ground, the UK’s subsurface space is likely to be exploited in an increasingly diverse and controversial set of ways.

21st March: Barbara Bond – MI9’s Escape & Evasion Maps of WWII
Barbara describes the historical background and purpose of MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme – the maps they produced, the covert help they were given by a famous Scottish map publisher, how maps were smuggled into the prisoner of war camps, and how they were instrumental in some remarkable escapes, particularly that of Airey Neave from Colditz.

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