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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Plastic-Free Food Shopping: Easy as Pie?

Bryony Shepherd is an Msc Journalism student at Robert Gordon University with a keen interest in environmental and food issues. With experience in the hotel and restaurant trade, she hopes to pursue a career as a food writer.  Public awareness surrounding plastic waste has sky-rocketed this year. It began with the visualisation of plastic pollution in […]

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Gold Standard in Scottish Education?

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  According to a report featured in The Telegraph in May, authored by Professor Jim Scott, the majority of Scottish schools are studying six or seven subjects at Nat5, rather than the eight which he describes as the ‘gold standard’. Many parents, teachers and […]

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Manu’s New Road: Development or Destruction?

Eilidh Munro is a filmmaker and photographer who has worked extensively in the Amazon Rainforest. Her next filming expedition, starting in November, will see her travel to south-eastern Peru to produce a documentary about an illegal new road being built in the Amazon.  A road is being built illegally through the Manu Biosphere Reserve: a […]

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Sustainable Economic Sufficiency: When is Enough Enough?

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  In my office I have a quote on the wall by Lao Tzu: “he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough”. I was moved to reconsider it after reading several newspaper articles about the need for more and more. In […]

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Digital Mapping: Right HERE, Right Now

HERE Technologies are supporters of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and are helping fund our latest charitable appeal, A Horrible Geography of Scotland. HERE are keen for members to get involved in their community mapping project discussed below. The great advantage of a digital map is that it can be updated regularly to reflect the constant […]

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