24 Hour Inspire returns for third year 

Inspiration For Life LogoThe 24 Hour Inspire is back for its third year of non-stop lectures on life, the universe and everything.

Running from 5pm on Thursday 16 to 5pm on Friday 17 April, the event sees academics and researchers from across the University and the UK take to the stage for 24 solid hours of illuminating talks, lectures and demonstrations.

Each lecture lasts half an hour and this year’s topics are more diverse than ever; expect talks spanning everything from Wolf Hall to Star Trek science in the NHS, and from the benefits of online sharing to what we should do with nuclear waste. You can view the full programme on the Inspiration for Life blog.

The event is held in celebration of Dr Tim Richardson (1964-2013) and Dr Victoria Henshaw (1971-2014) and raises funds for the Inspiration for Life charity.

Dr Tim Richardson, who died of cancer aged 48 in 2013, was an inspirational teacher and scientist who taught for over 20 years in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. He established Inspiration for Life to promote lifelong learning and public understanding of science, to support students, and to raise funds for local cancer charities. This is the third 24 Hour Inspire in his memory.

This year’s 24 Hour Inspire is dedicated to Dr Victoria Henshaw, Lecturer in Urban Design & Planning in the Department of Town & Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield, who died of cancer aged 43 in 2014.

Victoria made a major impact with her research and contributions to knowledge, policy and practice on a local, national and international level. Head of Department Professor John Flint said: “Victoria had an infectious enthusiasm for her subject. She worked tirelessly to bring diverse groups together in their understanding and appreciation of the importance of sensory perceptions and high quality urban design for the achievement of more liveable and inclusive cities: a goal she believed in passionately and one that she effectively promoted in cities throughout the world. She achieved a great deal in her short time in the Department 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.”

This year, 24 Hour Inspire will be raising funds for both Impact Young Heroes and the Rotherham Hospice Trust. Tickets can be purchased on the door, with a minimum donation of £2 for each lecture, or £7 for the full programme. The event will be held in Lecture Theatre 1 in the Hicks Building and refreshments will be on sale throughout.

For more information about Inspiration for Life, visit the website or follow @inspirationfor2 on Twitter. You can join the conversation around the event using #24HourInspire.