RSGS Glasgow Group

The RSGS Glasgow Group was established in 1884; Henry Morton Stanley gave the first public talk, entitled The Congo.

There are now 12 RSGS Inspiring People talks in Glasgow each year. Six of these talks are given on Wednesday evenings, and six are given on Thursday afternoons.

Please note that Michael Portillo’s talk during November has already sold out and so will not be featuring on this page, sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Glasgow Evening Talks, 7.30pm:

19th September 2018 – Rebecca Lowe, Crossing Continents and Cultures: From London to Tehran by Bike

17th October 2018 – Prof Doug Benn, Science and Adventure in Svalbard

21st November 2018 – Sarah Outen, Looping the Planet by Pedal and Paddle

23rd January 2019 – James Honeyborne, The Making of Blue Planet II

20th February 2019 – Pete Ritchie, Who Wants to Live in a Good Food Nation?

20th March 2019 – Fred Pearce FRSGS, When the Rivers Run Dry

Glasgow Afternoon Talks, 2.15pm: 

4th October 2018 – Simon Parker, A Reporter’s Adventures: More than Just a Journey

6th December 2018 – Rod Downie, Icons on Ice: Innovation in Polar Bear Conservation

10th January 2019 – Doug Allan FRSGS, Whale Meet Again…

7th February 2019 – Benedict Allen, Ultimate Explorer

7th March 2019 – Prof Wade Davis FRSGS, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World


Thursday afternoon talks in the 2018-19 season will be held at the Strathclyde Business School.


Wednesday evening talks in the 2018-19 season these will be held at the McCance Building.


Contact Details
01738 455050

Further Activities

The RSGS Glasgow Group are also involved in organising a number of other activities during the year. Most notably, the Glasgow Group put on their very own ‘Travellers and their Tales’ which are personal stories presented by members of the Local Group. These informal lectures begin at 7.30pm at the Renfield Centre. Admission £3, all welcome.

Upcoming ‘Travellers and their Tales’ events:

29th October

John Walls                 A Flavour of the Maritimes

Jo Dorling                  Albania

26th November 2018

Iris Gibson                  Madeira

Elaine Batty                Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

David Palmer              Citizen Science

28th January 2019

Alastair Douglas         Lisbon and Thereabouts

Sandy Robertson        Anglesey and Roundabout

Craig Borthwick          Lunar Landscapes – Trekking the Remote Volcanic Deserts of Iceland

25th February 2019

Heather Willimot       Bernese Oberland

Tim Rideout                The Norwegian Fjords

Jim MacDonald          Geological Highlights of the Canaries

25th March 2019

Peter Ireland               Northern Greece

Katy Haddock             Singapore to Chiang Mal