Venue: Logie Lecture Theatre, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA
11th October: Will Millard – Life With The Hunters of The South Seas
Join award-winning BBC presenter and writer Will for an evening of stories from a decade spent living with the South Pacific’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes. Will’s totally immersive talk is illustrated with stunning clips and exclusive images from his BBC Two documentaries and landmark expeditions. Will brings his humour and genuine sense of wonderment to a thrilling talk featuring some of the most extraordinary humans on Earth.
8th November: Rebecca Lowe – Crossing Continents & Cultures: From London to Tehran by Bike
When Rebecca Lowe left London to embark on an 11,000km cycle to Tehran, she was deeply unprepared. She was unfit, had no sense of direction and had not cycled uphill for over six years, but nonetheless she was determined to succeed. Join Rebecca to listen to tales from her life-changing adventure and learn how she discovered a world of greater warmth, colour and complexity than she could ever have imagined.
6th December: Mark Evans – Into the Abode of Death: Crossing the Empty Quarter of Arabia
In the 1920s, the race was on to become the first westerner to successfully cross The Empty Quarter. In February 1931, RSGS Livingstone Medallist Bertram Thomas, after a journey of 60 days, did just that. Eighty-five years later, Mark Evans and his team set out to recreate this historic journey, taking 49 days to cross the largest sand desert in the world, from Salalah in Oman, across Saudi Arabia to Doha in Qatar.
17th January: Professor Colin Ballantyne – The Ice Age in Scotland
As recently as 25,000 years ago, Scotland was completely buried by an ice sheet over a kilometre thick, the last of a succession of ice sheets and glaciers that have sculpted the landscape into its present form over the last 2.5 million years. This much acclaimed talk will explore the climate changes of the last ice age and the effects of glaciation on Scotland’s scenery.
14th February: Jo Woolf – The Great Horizon: Stories of Exploration from RSGS
From the pages of her new book The Great Horizon, based on her research in the RSGS archives, Jo Woolf brings to life the stories of some of the people who have inspired her. There are explorers from the ‘heroic age’ of polar exploration, desert travellers, renowned mountaineers, oceanographers, botanists, geologists, and a particularly daring secret agent in Bolshevist Russia!
14th March: Harry Hook – About Africa: In Pictures
Harry tells the dynamic and fascinating story of Africa’s human migration from countryside to the city, an epic journey of cultural change as seen and told from a lifetime photographing Africa. From pristine wildernesses to the heart of the continent’s expanding cities, Harry’s unusual collection of images covers a vast span of places and people and shines fresh light on Africa past and present.
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