March 2015

A selection of RGS–IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for March 2015

4 March, 7.45pm

Caribbean reef system decline and impacts on future coral reef growth potential

(Lecture, Tauton)

Professor Chris Perry (University of Exeter) will discuss the key factors affecting reef initiation and development at a wide range of tropical research sites, and examine the impacts of climate change on these environments.

Venue: King's College Taunton Chapel, South Road, Taunton, TA1 3LA. Places RGS—IBG members free, others £5 donation on arrival

7 March, 7.30pm

Wonders of the monsoon

(Lecture, Shipham)

Paul Bradshaw, series producer, will explore the effect of monsoons on the wildlife of the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia and describe the making of the BBC Natural History Unit series.

Venue: Shipham Village Hall, Shipham, BS25 1SG. Places free, but capacity limited, so advance booking is required. Contact Dr Andrew Newton: [email protected] or visit 

10th March, 5pm

Climate change in polar regions: how do we know its real?

(Lecture, Newcastle)

Dr Pal Mann (Northumbria University) will discuss the evidence of climate change in polar regions and examine the effects that increasing soil temperature and thawing permafrost may have in these sensitive environments. Joint event with Tyne and Wear GA.

Venue: Ellison Building, Northumberland Road, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, NE1 8ST. Open to all, £1 on door

10th March, 7.30pm

Living on the edge: architecture in Antarctica

(Lecture, King's Lynn)

Leading architect Hugh Broughton talks about the first fully re-locateable science research base built in a cold region — the space age Halley VI Station designed for the British Antarctic Survey

Venue: King's Lynn Arts Centre (as part of the King's Lynn Festival), 29 King Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1HA. Tickets £8/£10 each. Call 01553 764864 or book online at

13 March, 7.30pm

Ashton Hayes going carbon neutral

(Lecture, Wilmslow)

Ashton Hayes, a community of about 1,000 people in Cheshire, is aiming to become England's first carbon neutral community. Professor Roy Alexander will describe in this lecture how behavioural change and sharing ideas has resulted in a 23 per cent reduction in carbon emissions since 2006—a follow up field visit is planned for May.

Joint events with Wilmslow Guild. For further details, please visit 

25 March, 7pm

Made in Britain?

(21st Century Challenges Panel Discussion, London)

Can we reinvent the UK manufacturing sector to make it fit for the 21st Century? Join speakers including Will Butler-Adams OBE FRGS Managing Director of Brompton Bicycle (pictured above).

Tickets: RGS—IBG members £7, non-members £10. For more information please visit 

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