24 hours of non-stop talks from our world-leading academics

24 Hour Inspire is back for its 6th year! Join colleagues from across our University for this fast-paced, fact-filled, lecture marathon running from 5pm Thursday 19 to 5pm Friday 20 April in the Hicks Building. This year all funds raised from the event will go to charities Impact Living and Rotherham Hospice.

Inspire24 Hour Inspire features back-to-back talks over 24 hours from academics across our University in a celebration of knowledge and learning. The event runs annually in memory of Dr Tim Richardson, the founder of Inspiration for Life and Dr Victoria Henshaw, from Urban Studies. This year it is also dedicated to Sheffield alumna Dr Maryam Raftari, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.

This year’s programme  features an exciting lineup of speakers on a whole range of subjects from the Chemistry behind sweets in Harry Potter’s wizarding world, to the Beatles' influence on medical diagnosis, to the 'Gothic Slot’ running through the graveyard hour.

There’s truly something for everyone and all talks are accessible to non-specialist audiences.

See the full programme

Purchase your 24 Hour Inspire wristband on the door to access the full 24 hours of talks for a minimum donation of £10 (£7 concessions). You’ll also get a complementary hot drink and bun from the tuck shop and access to 24 hours of boardgaming. If you can only stay for one talk, the minimum donation is £3.

If you can’t make all the talks you can tune in to Radio Inspire - a pop-up channel broadcasting the talks as well as music, interviews, quizzes, and spoken word programmes. Listen in on www.forgetoday.com/radio/radioinspire.


Jennifer SaulThursday 19 April

5pm, Professor Peter Bath – Space for Sharing: Peter will share his research into how individuals in difficult circumstances such as suffering from life-threatening illnesses use social media and the internet to share their experience with others.

7.30pm, Professor Jennifer Saul – Dogwhistles, Figleaves and the Rise of Donald Trump: Jennifer, whose research covers sexism and racism in political speech, will discuss two linguistic devices - dogwhistles and fig leaves, and how politicians use them to play on voters’ racial resentments while maintaining deniability.

Friday 20 April

Wyn4.30am, Professor Dave Petley – Shake, Rattle and Roll: Landslides caused by earthquakes: Dave will talk about the ways in which analysing the patterns of landslides triggered by previous earthquakes can be used to understand the processes through which they occur; and the prospects for reducing the toll of these events in future earthquakes.

7.30am, Professor Wyn Morgan – Food for Life: A life in food: Wyn gives an economist’s view of why food is fascinating to study, with nods to other disciplines along the way.

10.30am, Professor Simon Goodwin – How Weird is the Earth? Simon will share his view on why the Earth might be a rather weird planet to live on.

3pm, Proessor Ingunn Holen – Breast Cancer Research – Are we getting anywhere? Ingunn shows how research has had enormous impact on the way breast cancer is diagnosed and treated and how this has changed the outlook for someone diagnosed today compared with previous decades.

3.30pm, Dr Amber Regis – Becoming Currer Bell; or, Charlotte Brontë’s rudest joke: Amber examines the transformation of Charlotte Brontë’s pen-name ‘Currer Bell’ - from humble prophet to gouty bachelor, and along the way she’ll uncover Charlottee Brontë’s rudest joke.

Three events for ISC’s Refugees Week

The International Students' Committee has collaborated with different societies in the Sheffield Students' Union to oragnise Refugees Week — a week of events aimed at raising awareness about the current Refugee crisis as well integrating refugees into the Sheffield community.

Here are three talks which deal with issues around migration and refugees.

12pm, Dr Marek Szablewski – The Life of a Refugee: My mother’s life in 10 objects:

Marek will talk about refugees in wartime Europe, and specifically, will tell his mother’s story, from her father’s escape from the Ukraine to forced labour in Nazi Germany, being bombed by the allies in Dresden, walking hundreds of miles to escape to a UN refugee camp in Bavaria, and finally arriving in Sheffield.

2.30pm, Dr Casey Strine – Joseph, the Technicolour Migrant: Looking afresh at Genesis 37-50

Casey will discuss how the biblical character of Joseph is a victim of human trafficking who suffers the consequences of environmentally induced involuntary migration. He will explore how the issues concerning migration and climate change are interwoven in the Joseph narrative, and how the Bible might help us deal with current social circumstances.

4.30pm, Professor Tony Ryan – Camp Wisdom

Tony has been back to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan twice since the last 24 Hour lecture. He will talk about the University’s initiatives to support people living in the camp, and discuss what we can learn from the refugees.

24 Hour Inspire - commemorating the lives of two inspirational academics

TimDr Tim Richardson

Tim died of cancer aged 48 in 2013. He was an inspirational lecturer and scientist who taught for over 20 years in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 24 Hour Inspire was his idea as a way to raise funds for the charity he set up - Inspiration for Life, which promotes lifelong learning and public understanding of science and raises money for local cancer charities.

In 2011, before he was diagnosed with cancer, he did a solo 24 hour lecture marathon in aid of Children in Need. Sadly, Tim was not able to take part in the first 24 Hour Inspire event, which, with the blessing of his family, took place just a few weeks after his funeral. The event was a great success amongst speakers and volunteers alike, becoming an annual fixture in the University calendar and attracting new speakers, new volunteers, and new audiences every year.

The event is not a memorial - it’s a celebration of everything Tim believed in – learning and teaching, and inspiring through sharing knowledge and enthusiasm for subjects.

VictoriaDr Victoria Henshaw

Victoria, a lecturer in the Department of Town & Regional Planning, (now Urban Studies and Planning), died of cancer aged 43 in 2014. She was fascinated by the role of the senses in the design of cities and buildings and worked with architects, planners and engineers to explore how odour is considered in city design and management.

She also published a pioneering monograph titled Urban Smellscapes: Understanding and Designing with Smell in the City (2013).

Head of Urban Studies and Planning Professor John Flint said: “Victoria achieved a great deal in her short time at the University and there is no doubt that she would have gone to achieve so much more.
"The field has lost an important pioneer, able to innovatively communicate ideas and knowledge well beyond academia, and our Department has lost a respected and popular colleague and friend.”

Dr Maryam Raftari

The 2018 24 Hour Inspire is dedicated to Sheffield alumna Maryam Raftari, with love and support.

Maryam came to Sheffield from Iran to do her PhD in the department of Physics & Astronomy. After graduation, she moved to the USA to work but was unfortunately diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013, which has recently returned. Read more about her fight against cancer and how you can support her.