|Patron||Queen Elizabeth II|
|President||Sir Gordon Conway|
|Location||Kensington, London, United Kingdom|
|Homepage||RGS IBG homepage|
From the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War I, expeditions sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society were frequently front page news, and the opinions of its president and board members would be avidly sought by journalists and editors.
Today the Society is a leading world centre for geographical learning - supporting education, teaching, research and scientific expeditions, as well as promoting public understanding and enjoyment of geography. It is a member of the Science Council. The society has merged with the Institute of British Geographers and is properly known as the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). The main offices of the Society are at Lowther Lodge in Kensington, in London.
The society has five specialist committees that it derives advice from
Chartered Geographer (Teacher) is a professional accreditation available to teachers who can demonstrate competence, experience and professionalism in the use of geographical knowledge or skills in and out of the classroom, and who are committed to maintaining their professional standards through ongoing continuing professional development (CPD). For more information visit
|Biogeography Research Group||British Geomorphic Research Group|
|Climate Change Research Group||Contract Research and Teaching Forum|
|Developing Areas Research Group||Economic geography Research Group|
|Geographical Information Science Research Group||Geography of Health Research Group|
|Geography of Lesiure and Tourism Research Group||Higher Education Research Group|
|Historical Geography Research Group||History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group|
|Mountain Research Group||Participatory Geographies Working Group|
|Planning and Environment Research Group||Political Geography Research Group|
|Population geography Research Group||Postgraduate Forum|
|The Post-Socialist Geographies Research Group||Quantitative Methods Research Group|
|Rural Geography Research Group||Social and Cultural Geography Research Group|
|Space, Sexualities and Queer Working Group||Transport Geography Research Group|
|Urban geography Research Group||Women and Geography Research Group|
The most prestigious of these awards are the Gold Medals (Founder's Medal 1830 and the Patron's Medal 1838). The award is given for "the encouragement and promotion of geographical science and discovery", and are approved by Queen Elizabeth II. The awards originated as an annual gift of fifty guineas from King William IV, first made in 1831, "to constitute a premium for the encouragement and promotion of geographical science and discovery". The Society decided in 1839 to change this monetary award into two gold medals: Founder’s Medal and the Patron’s. The award has been given to notable geographers including David Livingstone (1855), Nain Singh Rawat (1876), Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen (1878), Alfred Russel Wallace (1892), and Frederick Courtney Selous (1893) to more recent winners including Professor William Morris Davis (1919), Sir Halford John Mackinder (1945), Professor L. Dudley Stamp (1949), Professor Richard Chorley (1987) and Professor David Harvey (1995). In 2004 Harish Kapadia was awarded the Patron's Medal for contributions to geographical discovery and mountaineering in the Himalayas, making him the second Indian to receive the award in its history. In 2005 the Founder's Medal was awarded to Professor Sir Nicholas Shackleton for his research in the field of Quaternary Palaeoclimatology and the Patron's Medal was awarded to Professor Jean Malaurie for a lifelong study of the Arctic and its people.
The society also offers 16 grants for various purposes ranging from established researcher grants to expedition and fieldwork teams to photography and media grants. The Ralph Brown and the Gilchrist Fieldwork grants are the largest grants awarded by the society each worth £15,000.