Inspiring People Talks

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.

Download a PDF list of talks or see our online events calendar for details of the speakers, talks and venues. If you would like a printed copy of the programme, please contact RSGS HQ on 01738 455050 or

Afternoon talks in Edinburgh and Glasgow start at 2.15pm. All other talks start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available to reserve via Eventbrite until noon the day before each talk. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.

We are grateful for the sponsorship and support received for the Inspiring People talks from:

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.