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    Thought-provoking discussions from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

    We invite leading thinkers to give their perspective on some of the key challenges we face as a society in the 21st Century. From adapting to a rapidly growing population and changing climate, to keeping pace with an increasingly globalised world and the challenges and opportunites to sustainability this brings. 

    Discussions are held from 7.00- 8.30pm at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in South Kensington and are open to everyone.  For more information please see Upcoming Events.

    All the events are filmed and free to watch online along with supplementary interviews, 60 seconds guides, focus articles, news and teaching resources.

    Next public event:

    Made in Britain?

    Wednesday 25 March 2015, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

    Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

    Manufacturing is going through a revolution. Robots are increasing efficiency and 3D printing, the Maker movement and online market places such as Etsy are democratising the sector. Global markets continue to fluctuate and the UK’s heavy industry of the 1960’s has been replaced with high-value goods such as pharmaceuticals, electronics and aerospace. These changes are bringing important challenges and opportunities to the economy, jobs, skills and innovation and sustainability.

    How can the UK adapt in order to support economic growth and resilience? Where are the factories of the future and what will they make? And how can we build on our proud history to make a manufacturing powerhouse fit for the 21st Century?

    Join us and our expert panel.


    Peter Marsh (Chair), author of 'The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production' and former Manufacturing Editor at the Financial Times.



    Will Butler-Adams OBE FRGS, Managing Director, Brompton Bicycle






    Dr Julie Madigan MBE, CEO, The Manufacturing Institute and All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group Advisory Board member. Founder of the UK's first Fab Lab.



    Speakers are subject to change.

    Booking information

    This is a public event and all are welcome to attend.

    Tickets: RGS-IBG members £7, non-members £10. (A limited number of complimentary tickets available to RGS-IBG schools members. Please email )

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