The 24 Hour Inspire 2016 is taking place from 5pm on Thursday 12th May to (you guessed it) 5pm on Friday 13th May in the Hicks building, Lecture Theatre 1. The event consists of 24 hours of lectures on a diverse range of topics, each lasting 30 minutes, which aim to inspire, inform and entertain whilst also raising money for charity. You’re free to pop in and out, attending the lectures that interest you most, or the brave can arrive in pyjamas and attempt an all-nighter!
The event is dedicated to Dr Tim Richardson (1964-2013) and Dr Victoria Henshaw (1971-2014) who were both inspirational lecturers at the University of Sheffield, but sadly passed away from cancer. The money raised from this event is being donated to the charities Teenage Cancer Trust and Impact Young Heroes. A wristband costs just £7 for the entire 24 hour programme, or £2 for a single lecture, and books and baked goods will be available to purchase too!
With 47 lectures to choose from, given by academics spanning different disciplines including linguistics, physics, history, engineering, medicine and many more, you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest. Examples of this year’s lecture titles include: ‘My favourite fireballs, and how to make them at home’, ‘What the frack! #ethical engineering students’ and ‘Sex: can it help us fight cancer?’ Other topics include selfies, human rights, migration, Harlequin Mills and Boon Romances and whether science makes our economy grow. You can check out the full programme here.
I volunteered at last year’s 24 Hour Inspire, and attended some of the lectures, and I’d really recommend it. There’s live music and the atmosphere is fantastic, but above all there are such a wide variety of intriguing lectures on offer. It’s an ideal opportunity to learn about specialist areas of research academics are pursuing, whilst also supporting a great cause. The lectures are accessible as well, so you can get a flavour of subjects other than those you’re studying for at degree level.
Some of my highlights from last year’s event were Dr Marek Szablewski’s ‘Joker-and his escape from Auschwitz’, Dr Ed Daw’s ‘The Blues of Physics’ and Chella Quint’s ‘#periodpositive-is menstruation the last taboo?’ All of these speakers are giving talks again this year, so I’d look out for their names on the programme. You can get your ticket from the Students’ Union box office, or on the door-don’t miss out!