Society Events. (RGS-IBG News)

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Events at the society take place at 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. If no contact number is given, you can obtain more details by calling: 0207 591 3100

At the Society

4 February, 6.30 pm

Grasslands -- Humanity's Forgotten Treasure

Grasses and grasslands played a key role in the advance of Homo sapiens across the globe. Now, as the success of humankind puts the Earth's life-support systems under strain, Graham Harvey asks: could grasslands play a part in our very survival?

* Admission to RGS-IBG Fellows plus one guest

5 February, 7.00 pm

Valley of the T-Rex

The 'Valley of the T-Rex' is a fossil hunter's mecca, and where palaeontologist Jack Homer found five T-Rex dinosaurs in a single summer. In this amazing film preview with Discovery Networks Europe, he uncovers evidence that leads him to question the conventional theories of the T-Rex's behaviour. Free admission to all.

6 February, 10.00 am

New Frontiers in Geography

Annual teachers' in-service training day focussing on recent and upcoming curriculum changes, citizenship and ICT. Conference to include update lectures and exhibitions by book publishers, examination boards and other suppliers.

* Tickets: special price for Educational Corporate Members of 23.50 with lunch.

7 February, 6.30 pm

Around the World in 80 Slides

An invitation for eight Young Fellows to informally show ten slides and talk for up to ten minutes on any geographical topic. 6.30pm.

* Tickets: 5 [pounds sterling]

12 February, 6.30 pm

Expedition Advisory Centre Event: Expedition Forum

An evening of presentations and displays from some of the 50-plus expedition teams who, in 2001, gained the Society's coveted approval to carry out geographical fieldwork overseas. Fellow researchers, past and future sponsors, friends welcome.

* Email eac@rgs.org

12-13 February

Certificate in Off-Site Safety Management

In the light of recent tragedies, this timely OCR-accredited certificate course focuses on how to plan, manage and evaluate off-site visits in any context and includes an examination. The course is aimed at all those involved with geography fieldwork, adventurous outdoor activities and cultural visits.

* Cost: 176.25 [pounds sterling] (includes log book, exam fees, and lunch). Email eac@rgs.org

19 February, 7.00 pm

Discovery People: Benedict Allen

Continuing the popular series, which explores the personal discoveries in great people's lives. Author and explorer Benedict Allen talks to Libby Purves about his life spent in deserts and jungles. In association with Discovery Networks Europe. Fundraising event to support the Society's New Initiatives Programme.

* Tickets: 5 [pounds sterling]. All welcome

23-24 February

Geographical Information Systems for Expeditions

A practical workshop, coordinated by Nicholas McWilliam, showing how to use GIS to help field research. The course covers project design, key mapping concepts, the global positioning system, remote sensing, fieldwork, data analysis, and mapping.

* Cost: 64.62 [pounds sterling] students/ unwaged; 88.12 [pounds sterling] waged. Email eac@rgs.org

25 February, 6.30 pm

The Galapagos Islands -- Evolution's Workshop

Pulitzer prizewinner Professor Edward Larson tells the story of these islands, from haunt of buccaneers to tourist magnet, and focuses on the islands' role in science. …

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