Société Royale Belge de Géographie

The Société Royale Belge de Géographie (In English, the Royal Belgian Geographical Society) or SRBG, is a Belgian learned society which works to promote geographical sciences.


The Société was founded on 27 August 1876 as the Belgian Society of Geography a few days before the opening of the Brussels Geographic Conference to promote the exploration of various parts of the world.[1] It was initially involved with commercial investment in Belgian colonies.[2] In 1882 King Leopold II authorised the society to use the prefix "Royal".[3] Although it was later funded privately Adrien de Gerlache first unveiled his plans for the Belgian Antarctic Expedition to the society in 1894.[4]

In 1900 the society had more than one thousand members including several explorers such as the American, Richard Mohun.[1][5] By the middle of the twentieth century the society had changed its objectives from exploration to scientific research and study.[1] The SRBG represents Belgium in the European Society of Geography and publishes the Belgian Journal of Geography, now branded as Belgeo (ISSN 2294-9135).[6] The SRBG awards a gold medal to noted geographers and explorers.[7]


See also

  • Royal Geographical Society of Antwerp



issued by the society
  • Bulletin de la Société Belge de Géographie, 1876-1881
  • Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge de Géographie, 1882-1961
  • Revue belge de géographie, 1962-1999
about the society
  • Modern Geography: An Encylopaedic Survey. 1991.
  • Barrett-Gaines, Kathryn (1997), "Travel Writing, Experiences, and Silences: What Is Left out of European Travelers' Accounts: The Case of Richard D. Mohun", History in Africa, African Studies Association, 24: 53–70, doi:10.2307/3172018, JSTOR 3172018
  • Riffenburgh, Beau (2007), Encyclopedia of the Antarctic, CRC Press, ISBN 978-0-415-97024-2

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