Beyond & Below

Join us at The Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday 18 November from 6.30pm for a very special fund-raising evening of travel & conservation hosted by our patron, Pip Stewart.

6.30pm – Doors open

Cash bar available in the Map Room until 8.30pm.


7pm – Presentations in the Ondaatje Theatre, hosted by Pip Stewart

Headline Speaker – Philip Dalton


8pm – Interval

Affordable Art and photography sales in the Sunley & Drayson Rooms

Book Signing with Pip Stewart in the Map Room


8.30pm – Presentations in the Ondaatje Theatre continue

Annual Sketch for Survival and Focus for Survival Awards announced by charity trustees Robert Ferguson and Sara White

21 For 21 Project Updates


10pm Doors close



We are delighted to be joined by the following special guests.


Pip Stewart is a mother, partner, writer and chronic over-thinker. She has a degree in History and Politics from Oxford and a Masters in Journalism from The University of Hong Kong.

Pip has cycled halfway around the world and completed a world-first paddle through the Amazon Jungle. On one of her adventures she got a bit too up-close-and-personal with a sandfly and found a flesh-eating parasite munching through her neck as a result. After contracting leishmaniasis, Pip now campaigns to raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases.

When not writing, she can usually be found outside with her partner, Charlie, and daughter, Willow.

Pip is a patron of Explorers Against Extnction and has just published her first book, Life Lessons From the Amazon.


Philip Dalton has been making highly innovative wildlife documentaries for over 20 years.

He has produced many award-winning programmes for the BBC, Discovery and PBS including, ‘Penguins: Spy in the Huddle’, ‘Polar Bears: Spy on the Ice’, Earthflight, Snow Bears and the highly popular ‘Spy in the Wild’ series.Philip’s programmes have received awards from the Royal Television Society, BAFTA and EMMY.

His work takes him and his team to some of the world’s wildest and remotest locations in pursuit of extraordinary behaviour and animal stories.
Philip will talk about his time in the wild including the development of remote camera techniques, the challenges and joys of filming in the wild and the extraordinary results recorded by remote devices. Philip will be accompanied by a spy creature…

21 FOR 21

Protecting the Ocean’s Gentle Giants: An Introduction to the Manta Trust 

Manta and devil rays are among the most beautiful and charismatic creatures in our oceans. With the largest brain of all fish, their intelligence and curiosity make encounters with these animals a truly amazing experience, but many aspects of their lives remain a mystery. In recent decades manta and devil rays have arguably become some of the most threatened fish in our seas due to overfishing, irresponsible tourism, pollution, and the impacts of the climate crisis. Rebecca Carter, Director of Operations for the Manta Trust, will give some insight into the research and conservation efforts of a global team of manta experts; working in collaboration to turn the tide for these enigmatic rays and their ocean habitats.

Rebecca Carter, Director of Operations, Manta Trust

A lifelong obsession with sharks was Rebecca’s motivation to make a positive difference for the oceans. Her fascination quickly grew to encompass all marine species and habitats when she learnt to scuba dive at the age of 17. After working at the London Aquarium, she took a sabbatical in 2016 to work as a volunteer researcher for the Manta Trust in French Polynesia. This incredible experience not only helped her to fall in love with manta rays, but also inspired her to pursue a career in the charity sector where she could directly contribute to marine conservation efforts. In 2017 Rebecca joined the Manta Trust, progressing through several roles before reaching her current position of Director of Operations in 2019. She is now responsible for managing the Manta Trust’s core operations as well as offering support to 25 affiliated research and conservation projects around the world.

To find out more about our support for the Manta Trust through this year’s 21 For 21 campaign please click here


Beyond & Below at The Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2A on Thursday 18 November 2021, 6.30pm – 10pm

Entrance to the RGS is from Exhibition Road. Nearest Tube station is South Kensington.

We expect presentations to conclude at approximately 9.30pm.

Dress code is smart/casual.

There will be a cash bar for refreshments in the Map Room from 6.30pm.

Timings and line up subject to change.