Upcoming Events


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Shark and chips?

Dr Andrew Griffiths

Thursday 28 March 2019


The sale of shark meat in fish and chip shops was dramatically uncovered by a team at the University of Exeter, led by Dr Andrew Griffiths. Andrew will tell the story behind his headline-grabbing work that recently identified threatened sharks on sale to the British public. The wonderful diversity of sharks and rays around the […]

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Freedom of Speech in a Globalised World

Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Thursday 25 April 2019


We are living through political and societal disruption. Increasingly this is delivered by individuals proudly claiming their rights to free speech. Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues that sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are sometimes expressed with intolerance justified through invocations of liberty. Should individual rights always take precedence over collective, social responsibility? Despite its flaws, do we […]

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Evaporating Black Holes and Hawking’s Points

Sir Roger Penrose

Thursday 30 May 2019


A new area of cosmology is the subject for the physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science, famous for many achievements, in particular his work with Stephen Hawking. This talk focuses on recent ground-breaking observations of anomalous points in the very early universe that appear to be sources of vast amounts of energy. These could have […]

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Past Events


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Natalie Bennett: System Change

Former leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett

Thursday 28 February 2019


Can our economic, social, and environmental systems work so that the most responsible choices we make are also the easiest, cheapest, and most obvious? Often when we are faced with environmental or social problems, we find that changing our own actions can initially feel satisfying, but this can sometimes lead to a feeling that the […]

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RGS-IBG Explore South-West – Conference

Belinda Kirk, Dr Ceri Lewis, Professor Toby Pennington, Professor Katie Willis

Saturday 9 February 2019


This is a one day seminar for anyone planning expeditions and field research overseas, with a focus on self-led student projects. The morning consists of short TED-style talks, and the afternoon is made up of workshops. It takes place in the beautiful city of Exeter for adventurous people attracted to the work of the Society. […]

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RGS-IBG Explore South-West – Panel Discussion

Sam Lee, Ritula Shah (chair), Johanna Wadsley, Faraz Shibli

Friday 8 February 2019


Explore South West launches with a lively public panel discussion on the topic “Is there anything left to explore in the 21st century?”. “The glory-seeking adventurer of old is giving way to explorers who want to understand the planet rather than dominate it.” This is how The Economist heralded the New Age of Discovery. Panel members […]

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The Reluctant Anthropologist: Tales of Madagascar

Professor Maurice Bloch

Thursday 31 January 2019


Why is it so easy, when we go to somewhere which the tourist industry would describe as very exotic, to get on with people? Part of the answer is that remote people are much less different than we might, at first, believe and that modern society is much less different than is often assumed. This […]

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Sea Turtle Conservation

Professor Brendan Godley

Thursday 29 November 2018


Professor Brendan Godley will talk through his esteemed international career in sea turtle conservation from undergraduate researcher to professional scientist. He will highlight how despite technological innovation, we still need to get out into the field.  

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BLUE HEART ~ THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE’S LAST WILD RIVERS

Thursday 11 October 2018


This is a screening of a celebrated film about Europe’s last wild rivers, followed by a panel discussion with speakers from the University of Exeter, National Trust, Flow Partnership, and South West Water The film “Blue Heart” aims to raise public awareness about the negative impact of the Balkan Rivers hydropower boom. More than 3,000 […]

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Isn’t 90º North a Lifeless, Irrelevant and Pointless Place?!

Pen Hadow

Friday 5 October 2018


Pen Hadow is one of the world’s leading explorers. In 2003 Pen Hadow became the first person to trek solo, and without resupply, across the Arctic Ocean’s sea ice from Canada to the North Geographic Pole – a feat that has never been repeated. But of the 850 hours spent hauling his sledge, over 30 […]

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Using Mindfulness in Kenyan Prisons

Dr Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno

Thursday 28 June 2018


Dr. Inma Adarves-Yorno is a mindfulness TED speaker, researcher, and trainer. She has witnessed the transformational power of mindfulness when aligned with a meaningful social identity. In this talk, Inma tells the fascinating story of the successes and failures of a mindfulness movement in Kenyan prisons. “Prisons and hospitals have something in common in Kenya: […]

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MOZAMBIQUE’S FORGOTTEN SKY-ISLANDS

Sam Jones

Thursday 31 May 2018


Until recent years, the mountains of northern Mozambique- isolated mountain ‘archipelagos’ that lie adjacent to the main highlands of eastern Africa remained relatively unknown in terms of biology. Owing to their remoteness and civil war, they have only recently been explored. These so called ‘sky islands’ harbour lush evergreen rainforests at high altitudes, differing from […]

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A YEAR IN A NAMIBIAN VILLAGE

Dr Helen John

Thursday 26 April 2018


Helen tells tales and anecdotes from her year spent in a Namibian Village conducting anthropological research by discussing interpretations of New Testament texts. Helen lived in an Owambo homestead in the remote North of Namibia. She looked at the relationship between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. As an inexperienced fieldwork researcher at the outset, Helen encountered […]

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LIFE THROUGH AN ICE HOLE: ARCTIC ACIDIFICATION

Dr Ceri Lewis

Thursday 29 March 2018


Ocean acidification, the change in ocean chemistry driven by increasing atmospheric CO2 levels, is one of the biggest threats to our oceans. It is happening first and fastest in the Arctic Ocean. The Catlin Arctic Survey was an exciting multidisciplinary expedition, in which scientists and explorers investigated ocean acidification processes and their impact on marine organisms. […]

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Underwater Sound In Blue Planet II

Professor Steve Simpson

Thursday 25 January 2018


Steve Simpson explains how he has pioneered new ways of listening to the ocean and of interacting with fish (including the use of underwater puppetry), to understand whole soundscapes and to unlock the language of fish. He also discusses his engagement with key marine industries, which aims to reduce and manage human noise pollution in […]

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