Junior Members

The RSAA’s junior members are those under the age of 25 (or under 36 and in full-time education). Recognising the difficulty for junior members to attend afternoon lectures, we run a supplementary series of informal cultural and social events aimed at bringing together students and young professionals with an interest in Asia. We host an evening event every 6-8 weeks during term-time, always on a week day and in a central London location. Events to date have included gallery tours, exhibitions and theatre trips, and all end up in a pub or restaurant for lively discussion and networking.

The junior members also host the bi-annual junior members lecture evening at the East India Club in St. James; and annually a day of talks for 6th form students held jointly with SOAS. Both events include multiple young speakers with a personal, academic or professional interest in Asia, and they are intended to inspire others to take an active interest in the region.

The majority of junior members have spent time overseas, be it on a gap year, while studying, or for work, and we are keen to share our experiences and expertise, as well as learning new things and getting inspiration for future trips. The Society’s Peter Holmes Memorial Award encourages applicants wishing to pursue “purposeful travel” anywhere in Asia and now the JPT Family Trust Medical Science Award offers possibilities for those with a special interest in medical science and practise in challenging environments.


Images of Asia

Forthcoming Events

Wed 24 Sep Why Kashmir is Still Important at The Royal Astronomical Society
Wed 1 Oct Experiences of Asia at The Royal Astronomical Society
Tue 7 Oct K2: The Italian Mountain? at The RSAA Library
Wed 15 Oct The Great Game: Central Asia Overland at St Peter's Church Parish Hall


Expedition Silk Road Treasures from the Hermitage Exhibition at the Hermitage, Amsterdam, ends 5 September 2014 more…

Dunhuang Culture and Art Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 28 November 2014 - 16 March 2015 more…

17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) University of Vienna, Austria. 18 - 23 August 2014 more…

PIAC 57th Annual Meeting 9 - 14 September 2014 more…

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle A rich collection of items from across Asia, the Middle East and other areas more…

Recent Recordings

Soqotra: Life in the Arabian Periphery Thanos has an excellent collection of photographs of Socotra having participated in two expeditions there

Churchill's First War: Young Winston & the Taliban A riveting and revelatory account of Winston Churchill's first campaign, in Afghanistan in the 1890's, offering shocking parallels into today's Afghan war

A Journey to the Source of the Oxus


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