Galapagos Day 2018

Galapagos giant tortoise
Conservation breakthroughs and innovations 10 October, 2018

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

General Information

Join Galapagos Conservation Trust for an evening of lectures exploring the conservation breakthroughs and innovations happening in the Galapagos Islands. Hear from experts about how cutting-edge science and technology is helping us to conserve the unique wildlife of Galapagos from tracking Galapagos giant tortoise hatchlings from space to using the latest camera technology.

Don’t miss the latest photography displays from Falmouth University’s Marine and Natural History Photography students and the winners from our 2018 Galapagos Photography Competition. In addition there will be a drinks reception, stalls to peruse and many like-minded people to chat to.

Tickets are £30 (£15 for students) which will include one free drink. You can buy them here or by calling the GCT office on 020 7399 7440.

How to find the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)


Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore,
London, SW7 2AR

By underground

You can reach the RGS from:

South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines) – a 10 to 15 minute walk up Exhibition Road

Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) – a 15 minutes walk along Kensington Road

Lancaster Gate (Central Line) – a 15 to 20 minute walk across Hyde Park

By bus

There are several bus routes which stop outside or within the vicinity of the RGS building including routes 9, 10, 52, 360 and 452.

By car

There are no car parking facilities at RGS.

From London Heathrow Airport

You can take the Piccadilly Line to South Kensington. Allow at least an hour for this journey.

From London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Express train service to London Victoria station. You can then take the Circle or District Line to South Kensington.

Meeting organisers:

Royal Geographical Society, London


Our first speaker will be Ellie Mackay, Mission Director of The Plastic Tide. This summer Ellie joined GCT Chief Executive Sharon Johnson, and our partners from the Galapagos Science Center and the Galapagos National Park to trial plastic surveys using drone technology. Ellie will reveal whether the surveys were successful, show exclusive footage of what the surveys revealed, and talk about the potential to roll this out across the world.

Our second speaker will be Diego Ellis Soto from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. Diego joined
the Institute after working with Steve Blake on the Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme. He will be talking about the ICARUS initiative which is trialling cutting-edge satellite tags designed for small animals to understand their behaviour, movement and life histories, including the giant tortoise hatchlings found in Galapagos!