Public Talks and Events

RSGS runs probably the best national talks programme in Scotland, Inspiring People, with 90 illustrated talks given each year across mainland Scotland from Inverness to Dumfries, by excellent speakers – explorers, adventurers, travellers, scientists, artists, academics, writers, photographers, journalists, humanitarians, naturalists, indigenous leaders, communicators, and enthusiasts – all with fascinating stories to tell. View our current programme of Inspiring People talks for 2015-2016 on our online events calendar or download a PDF copy.

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Inspiring People 2015-16 – full listing of talks (PDF)

If you  would like a printed copy of the programme, please contact RSGS HQ on 01738 455050 or We are grateful for the sponsorship and support received for the Inspiring People talks from:

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Hillhouse Quarry Group









Our first series of public talks was given in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen in 1884-85 by Henry Morton Stanley, recently returned from ‘finding’ David Livingstone in Africa.  In the years since, the RSGS has inspired thousands of audiences by charting and celebrating the progression of human endeavour, often with first-hand accounts from men and women who were pioneers in their field – from polar explorers to astronauts, from mountaineers to round-the-world sailors, and from leading scientific researchers to well-known media presenters.