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Royal Geographical Society
Abbreviation RGS-IBG
Formation 1830
Type Learned society
Headquarters 1 Kensington Gore, London
Membership 16,500
President Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
Director Professor Joe Smith
Patron The Princess Royal

Royal Geographical Society (RGS), also known as the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG), is a British professional society engaged in the moving forward of geographical knowledge.

The current president is Michael Palin.


RGS was established in 1830. The society started as a club where men could talk about geography while eating dinner.

Today the society has become a world centre for geography. RGS supports research, education, expeditions and fieldwork.

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