Dr Rebecca Nesbit from the Society for Biology explains how their twenty-four hour lecturethon and sleepover coincided perfectly with The National Brain Appeal Pyjama Party.
I never thought that pyjamas would raise the profile of entomologyand epilepsy – but here goes.
On the evening of 13th October, the Society for Biology celebratedc Biology Week in an unusual way: an international twenty-four hour ‘lecturethon’ and an office pyjama party.
Professor Adam Hart from the University of Gloucester was going to speak for a whole twenty-four hours, hence the pyjama party my colleagues and I decided to hold in solidarity. Adam and I had worked together on a house spider survey and flying ant survey, and he wanted to go even further to share our love of ‘creepy crawlies’. Part of my role at the Society of Biology is to organise Biology Week, a celebration of all aspects of the life sciences, and this seemed like an appropriate time to do it so plans were underway well before I had heard of The National Brain Appeal. Read more
Around 9.30pm last night, a stream of people in their PJ humming songs from a musical, dispersed into the streets around London’s Oxford Circus. Some had slippers on their feet, others were in animal-printed onesies and many wore nightcaps. If you’re wondering what on earth was happening, this jolly bunch had joined our Pyjama Party held at the beautiful Courthouse Hotel.
The lobby had begun filling up with people around half 6 and it was wonderfully bizarre to see people at the bar doing double (or even triple) takes at the fact they were sharing their post-work drinks with people in dressing gowns and slippers. One couple had really gotten into the swing of things; she had her hair in curlers and her partner sported a marvellous 50s-style quiff.
It’s a theme that we have covered before – volunteers, interns, paid and unpaid – but it’s one I think is worth revisiting especially as we look for more helping hands in the run-up to Christmas.
I am very aware of the discussions around unpaid internships, added to by the fact we are based just around the corner from Unite union. It’s hugely important to me that we keep an eye on how internships benefit the individual (not the organisation) but I feel that there is potential for the anti-unpaid-internships argument to impact on the way we view volunteering itself.
Tallulah, who co-ordinates our Challenge events, is looking forward to welcoming our new teams and participants for 2014
It never ceases to amaze me the physical tests our supporters will put themselves through and I’d like to thank every single one of you again for your brilliant efforts.