13 October, 5pm
Health: does place matter?
While the average life expectancy in England is increasing, figures suggest that poorer people will die on average seven years before those from more affluent areas and spend up to 17 years longer with poor health. Environmental health officer Justine Wilkinson discusses how we can reduce these inequalities.
Venue: Ellison Building, Northumberland Road, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE1 8ST. For details, visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast
17 October, 1pm and 6pm
The ghosts of K2
(Lectures, Middlesbrough and Sheffield)
Although shorter than Everest, K2 is known to be harder to climb. Mick Conefrey will guide us through the early story of the mountain and the extraordinary attempts that led up to its first ascent in 1954.
Venues: 1pm – The Curve Building Lecture Theatre, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3JN; 6pm – Ron Johnston Research Room, University of Sheffield, S3 7ND. Places free. For details, visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast
21 October, 6pm
Making the desert bloom: the rise and fall of sustainable farming in three ancient deserts
Water management and agriculture sustained farming and settlement through millennia in the deserts of Arizona, Libya and Jordan. Professor David Gilbertson will reveal how some still function with unexpected geographical consequences. Joint event with University of Portsmouth.
For information and to book online, visit davidgilbertson.eventbrite.co.uk
21 October 7pm for 7.30pm
Fourteen 8,000m peaks
Alan Hinkes OBE is the first, and only, Briton to climb the 8,000-metre peaks – the world’s highest mountains. He will share accounts of his epic ascents, the remarkable people he has met, and his deep insight into the geography of the Himalaya and Karakorum.
Venue: The Playhouse, Market Street West, Preston, PR1 2HB. Places: £8 on the door (RGS-IBG members £4).
27 and 29 October
Walking with purpose
(Lectures, Birmingham and Cheltenham)
Andrew Harper OAM, Australian Desert Expeditions, reveals the life encountered in the Simpson Desert during the 2011 floods and the transformation of the world’s largest parallel sand-ridge desert.
Venues: Birmingham and Midland Institute; University of Gloucestershire. For details, visit www.rgs.org/midlands and www.rgs.org/westandsouthwales
28 October 7pm
Penguins from space
Peter Fretwell, Geographic Information Officer of the British Antarctic Survey, describes how the BAS is using satellite images to find, count and monitor emperor penguins from space; discovering new colonies and behaviours and inspiring similar studies on other species, including the Southern right whale.
Venue: Room TC001, School of Natural & Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ. Places: free and open to all.