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The learned society & professional body for geography & geographers.

Founded in 1830, we are a world centre for geography: supporting research, education, expeditions and fieldwork, and promoting public engagement and informed enjoyment of our world.

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Children of China Town, Los Angeles, 1900

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Geographies of China

With the celebration of Chinese New Year this month, discover more about the people and places of China from right across our activities.

London's Chinese community reflect on the Society's Chinese Collections around the themes of migration, identity and the role of women in Chinese Society in the exhibition "Seeing China: Community Perspecitives".

Uncover the remarkable journey of Isabella Bishop as she travelled across Western Sze-Chuan in 1896 by attending one of our Collections Showcases at the Society.

In an online showcase, take a look at an ancient Chinese map from the 1600s that, for the first time, linked the Occident with the Orient and gave China a view of the world.

Through our Grants programme we continue to support new research in the Greater China region, with 18 projects supported there in the past 5 years.

And looking towards next month, the focus of two of our Monday Night Lectures series will be on "China in the 15th Century" (15 March), and "Exploring China's great rivers" (29 March).

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Members and Fellows can now renew their annual membership online

By renewing you are continuing to support the work of the Society.

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Join us, or hear from members and Fellows - including Ben Fogle, Dan Box, Anna Ford and Nick Crane - why they joined the Society.

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Medals & Awards - Nominations by 28 February

Medals and Awards

The deadline for Fellows and members to submit nominations for our Medals and Awards is 28 February 2010.

Since 1832, our Medals and Awards have recognised excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement, and include two Gold Medals approved by Her Majesty The Queen.

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The Society's President Michael Palin is heading an appeal to create a Members' Room and renovate our building's north face.

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  Monday Night Lecture: Antarctica’s future – should we care? by Colin Summerhayes, 8 February
  Exhibtion: Seeing China: Community Perspectives, until 11 February
Environment and Society Forum: Drinking Spaces and Places, 10 February

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 New journal: WIREs Climate Change
 Grant Recipients: Retreating Glaciers
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