All Events

Inspiring People Talks

We run the best national talks programme in Scotland, Inspiring People, with illustrated talks from September to March each year. Our inspiring speakers – explorers, scientists, artists, academics, naturalists, leaders, communicators and enthusiasts – bring us amazing stories of journeys and adventures, and refreshing insights into current issues. 

COVID-19 Update: 2020-21 Talks 

Talks taking place in 2020 will all be held virtually, via Zoom. It is hoped there will be one virtual event per week on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. The first event will be Wednesday 23rd September. 


We will review whether we are able to run face-to-face events in 2021, in November 2020.

Award Presentation Events

To celebrate the best in geographical endeavour, we hold a number of high-profile Medal and Honorary Fellowship presentation events each year. In the past, venues have ranged from Edinburgh Castle, the Usher Hall and the headquarters of Scottish Power, to the more modest and personal location of our headquarters. A full list of our Medallists and Fellows is available here and includes names such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, Neil Armstrong, Sir David Attenborough, Annie Lennox, Mary Robinson and Gordon Buchanan.

Office Talks

Occasionally, we hold intimate office talks in our Shackleton Room at Headquarters in Perth. These are to allow us to continue communicating critical science issues and awesome adventure stories outwith our Inspiring People talks programme. 

Open Days

Each year, we usually take part in two open days at our headquarters in Perth. The first of these is our annual celebration of the breadth of our subject, Geography Day. This features an eclectic mix of speakers, workshops and collections item from our archive, and is themed around a critical issue or intriguing topic in geography. The second is Doors Open Day, which celebrates Scottish heritage and the built environment and allows visitors to explore the Fair Maid's House Visitor Centre, and peruse aspects of our insightful exhibitions and historical collections.