Lest They Forget

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November 2018, marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, in which more than one million Commonwealth soldiers and many civilians lost their lives. It is a day for the nation to remember and honour […]

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We Are All In This Together

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, delivered her first full speech to the UN General Assembly in late September 2018. Her inspiring message of collaboration and kindness is reprinted below with the permission of the New Zealand Government. A link to the video is at the bottom of this page. Madam President, Mr […]

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A Vanishing Sea of Ice

Written by Luke and Hazel Robertson, our Explorers-in-Residence who have just returned from a year spent living in Europe.  Skis balanced delicately over one shoulder, we climbed higher. The weight of each laboured step in heavy boots caused the metal steps to shudder and a clanging noise to reverberate around the valley. This was no […]

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Slowing Down the Heat

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The latest IPCC report is difficult reading, and clearly sounds a very loud alarm about the prospects of a 1.5⁰C or greater rise in global average temperatures. The analogy I always think is most helpful is to think of the planet as a […]

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A Special Anniversary: Scott and Shackleton at the RSGS

Written by Jo Woolf, our Writer-in-Residence and author of The Great Horizon. Scott and Shackleton at the same table, exchanging mild insults over the brandy? It sounds like a scene from a fantasy dinner party, but it actually happened – and at an RSGS banquet, no less. As RSGS marks 10 years in Perth and Mike […]

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Discovery & Discussions in the Desert

Meredith Adams is a geography graduate from the University of Edinburgh. In 2016, she co-founded the social enteprise MAD Challenges and is an operational team member of the 2050 Climate Group. There is a curious stillness that lies upon the wilderness at first light. As daylight creeps determinedly forwards, the land starts to wake up […]

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The First Ascent of Everest

Written by Jo Woolf, the RSGS Writer-in-Residence and author of The Great Horizon. 65 years since Everest was first climbed, we look back on the visit of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir John Hunt… On 12th September 1953, The Scotsman carried an advertisement for the RSGS’ forthcoming programme of lectures at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. […]

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Two Boys on a Bike for Sight

Alex (L) and Merlin (R) are Two Boys on a Bike for Sight! In early October they will be cycling 10,000km from Cairo to Cape Town to distribute an innovative new medical device designed by the University of St Andrews to prevent eye disease. Many great adventures have unexpected beginnings. The bicycle below, made for two, […]

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Fridtjof Nansen: The First Crossing of Greenland

Written by Jo Woolf, the RSGS Writer-in-Residence and author of The Great Horizon. “When I first put forth my plan to cross Greenland most people said I was either mad or tired of my life.” (SGM, 1889) On the evening of 17th July 1888, about nine miles from the mouth of the Sermilik fjord on […]

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Frank Kingdon Ward in the Garden of Asia

Written by Jo Woolf, Our RSGS Writer-in-Residence. “We climbed great precipices in search of plants, the nicest of which always select the most abominable situations, and one day in a mist I was pursued by a bull yak, and on another occasion in the forest I found myself face to face with a black bear. […]

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