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Intro given at Overland Workshop 29 - 30 May 2010

Intro given at Overland Workshop 29 - 30 May 2010

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  • 1. Welcome from the Royal Geographical Society Planning & advice Responsible Travel Joanna Wells, Head of Marketing & Development Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) [email_address]
  • 2. Who are we?
    • The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the learned society and professional body for geography founded in 1830.
  • 3. What we do
    • One of our aims is to stimulate the awareness and enjoyment of geography to a diverse range of people through lectures, events, in schools, through publications, providing grants, and many other activities.
    • Known as the ‘home of British geography’, the Society is well known for its links with explorers including Livingstone, Scott and Shackleton.
    • Membership is open to all and includes geographers, teachers, expeditioners and enthusiasts.
    • As an avid traveller, we would encourage you to join the Society to make your journey richer. Learn more about your destination’s culture, history or geography and enjoy events, use the extensive library, get advice and enjoy many other benefits.
  • 4. Geography Outdoors : the centre supporting field research, exploration and outdoor learning
    • Workshops
    • Our courses during the year focus on specialist subjects, field techniques and field safety training.
    • www.rgs.org/GOseminars
    • Publications
    • Key titles cover many aspects of planning, fund-raising, logistics and research. www.rgs.org/GOpubs
    • World register of field centres
    • Sites for environmental field research www.rgs.org/fieldcentres
    • Expedition reports
    • Online database of over 8,500 planned and returned expeditions. A unique reference collection of over 4,500 reports. www.rgs.org/expeditionreports
    • Specialist advice Remote medicine www.rgs.org/medicalcell Field mapping www.rgs.org /mapping
    • Disability projects www.rgs.org /inclusive
  • 5. For serious & responsible travellers
    • Be safe, compliant and informed with up to date information and resources; access to guides and publications and an expeditions database.
    • Get advice, use our expertise and increase your knowledge to plan travel.
  • 6. Make contacts and tap into networks
    • Be part of a community, make contacts and share ideas with like minds through seminars, conferences, training courses and other events.
    • Have unlimited use of our information, maps, guidebooks and travel documents, and attend events and talks to support research or field work.
  • 7. Follow in the footsteps of celebrated travellers
    • Explore Society’s rich heritage/history through lectures, research,
    • Make your journey richer through inspired travel
    • Exhibitions and s howcases of African and polar exploration
    • Home of 9 Everest expeditions, 1922-1953
  • 8. Fellowship
    • Have geographical training
    • Hold an Honours degree in Geography or a
    • related subject
    • Have the right experience
    • Use geographical skills and knowledge in your profession
    • Publish or broadcast in the subject area
    • Have the right attitude!
    • Demonstrate a passion for geography
  • 9. In a nutshell
    • “ Expeditions are all about bringing people together, be it as a team, or to meet those on a journey. Together you will discover more about yourself, more about those that you share your planet with and more about the world you live in.
    • Expeditions are the inspiration of one, or a few, who bring like minded people together to share their dream or challenge. It is only by being part of the ‘expedition’ community that you will open doors and be given opportunities to undertake projects more adventurous and rewarding than you ever imagined.
    • The bottom line is, if you don’t get out there and meet people, you will be missing out on an amazing voyage of discovery.... ...the RGS is the place where it all starts.”
  • 10. Enjoy the benefits
    • Get expert advice on planning fieldwork and expeditions
    • Use FRGS in your title
    • Come to London, City and regional lectures or view online
    • Use our library and our collection of maps, books, guides.
    • Attend a wide range of conferences, seminars and networking events
    • Opt to receive any of our three journals or excellent magazine 'Geographical'
    • Discounts on kit & books & vaccinations
  • 11.
    • All application documents and information are available on our website.
    Further information Support our work as a dynamic charity to promote the understanding of our fast changing world.