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The Royal Geographical Society | Getting to know your venue for SiLC 22

Wed 18 May 2022 | 12:16 pm GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

A view of the Royal Geographical Society building, Lowther Lodge in Kensington

With the countdown well and truly on for the first-ever in-person Sustainability in Licensing Conference taking place on Wednesday, June 22 at the Royal Geographical Society, we thought it high time we helped you get to know this prestigious London venue a little better. A conference created back in 2019 by Products of Change and Max Publishing and curated with the aim of helping the industry to reframe the concept of business and better incorporate sustainable practices into our operations, SiLC has become a platform for pioneering thinking and a vehicle for positive industry action. And it’s certainly not by accident that this year – for its first in-person event since its inception – the Conference finds itself taking place at the centre of the advancement of geographical science. It’s a less than subtle nod to, and reminder of, the planet and environment we are all a part, and all share a responsibility for protecting.
The main lecture theatre within the Royal Geographical Society at Lowther Lodge, Kensington
Founded in 1830  - a time when you simply couldn’t move for ‘learned societies’, ‘dinner clubs’, and old men with white hair and big beards in the UK’s capital – The Geographical Society of London started its life as a place for members to hold informal dinner debates on current scientific issues and ideas. What else went on during these evenings, we’re not at liberty to divulge, but suffice to say Brand Licensing Europe is undoubtedly helping us recreate just a little taster of that by taking sponsorship of the after-conference networking drinks on June 22 of this year.
A snapshot of the gardens at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, where SiLC's after conference networking will sprawl
Back to the history and it was under the patronage of King William IV the club became known as The Royal Geographical Society and its Royal Charter was granted under Queen Victoria in 1859. By 1913 the Society had moved into its current home and the venue of this year’s in-person Sustainability in Licensing Conference this summer, Lowther Lodge in Kensington. This is a Society whose purpose remains the same today as when first founded: the advancement of geographical science. Today, those means span publishing, the support of field research and expeditions, lectures and conferences, and its own historical Collections.
The Royal Geographical Society houses some inspiring and era-defining collections
Yes, its history has been closely allied for many of its early years with colonial exploration, enshrining famous names such as Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Shackleton, Hunt and Hillary, but in more recent times it has worked to critically engage that history and bring to the fore the vital – yet formerly hidden – contributions of Indigenous people to some of the most renowned expeditions. Over the past two decades, the Society has devoted much work to invest in underrepresented communities within the discipline of geography and how this is represented within its building. “To be able to welcome the industry to such an historic venue, to educate ourselves about the future of our industry for me, is truly monumental,” said Helena Mansell Stopher, founder and CEO of Products of Change. “To then have the pleasure of networking in the beautiful gardens of the society (as many before us) will ensure it’s an historic event in the calendar of our industry.”
Today, the Royal Geographical Society drives education, support, and research into the discipline of geography and climate change
The driver behind the Products of Change and Sustainability in Licensing Conference mission statement, the deepening climate and environmental emergency has been at the centre of much of the learning and education the Royal Geographical Society acts to expedite across the discipline. Last year, the Society committed to “doing all that we can to apply geography’s potent capabilities to the task of making the coming decade one of hope and of positive action.” These are, of course, sentiments shared by the collaborative effort and growing network behind the Products of Change and Sustainability in Licensing Conference community. Helena Mansell-Stopher, added: “The SiLC event was created to showcase how and why industry should be reframing business to imbed sustainable practices into our current operations. The Conference not only provides a great foundation to ensure our business can operate in the future state, but to build regenerative practices for decades to come.
Products of Change and the Sustainability in Licensing Conference couldn't be prouder of the venue for its first in-person event this June 22.
“I could not be prouder for the first in-person Sustainability in Licensing Conference to be held at the prestigious and historical royal Geographical Society in London. With six weeks to go until the event, it’s a good reminder that we have only a limited number of in-person tickets available – and they are selling fast. “If you do miss out on a physical ticket, however, you can also purchase an online ticket to watch the event virtually.” Book your place at the Sustainability in Licensing Conference on Wednesday, June 22 at the Royal Geographical Society by clicking here.
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