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Astbury Society

The Astbury Society comprises the PhD student and postdoctoral members of the Centre who organise social events, including an annual sports day; devise teamworking events; and invite and host some seminar speakers.

The Astbury Society comprises the PhD student and postdoctoral members of the Centre who organise social events, including an annual sports day; devise teamworking events; and invite and host some seminar speakers.

The Astbury Society 2014


The Astbury Society plays a key role in encouraging cross-departmental collaborations by organising social events that are enjoyed by Postgrads, Postdocs and PIs. The society is currently comprised of (left to right): Matthew Balmforth (FBS), Adam Churchman (Physics), Claire Windle (FBS), Robert Smith (FBS), Diana Monteiro (former member) Rachel Dods (FBS), KavestriYegambaram (FBS), Christopher Bartlett (FBS), Kat Horner (former member), Clare Mahon (Chemistry), Joseph Lattimer (FBS).
Members not present: Paul Devine (FBS), Zoe Arnott (Chemistry).

 

 

 

Additional Information:

The Astbury Society is always on the lookout for new members so if you are interested in helping out, or you have any enquiries regarding events please contact Rachel Dods (bs09rld@leeds.ac.uk) or Rob Smith (bsrps@leeds.ac.uk) or join our group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/astburysociety2012/

Below are details of The Astbury Society's annual events.

 

Events in 2016

Upcoming events

  • 7th April: Cheese and Ale Evening
  • 13th May: Annual May Ball

Events in 2015

Christmas Quiz 2015

One of the societies most popular events, the Christmas quiz was back for 2015. The quiz is a great start to the festive season. This year the societies favourite round was "the official chemis-tree" where teams had to make a Christmas tree from items you would usually find in the laboratory, we had some excellent efforts and much fun judging the winners.

Astbury Annual Retreat 2015 - Shrigley Hall - Day One

The Annual Astbury Retreat showcases the multi-disciplinary research accomplished in the Astbury Centre for Structural and Molecular Biology. In 2015 this two-day event took place at Shrigley Hall where we heard captivating talks from collaborations within the centre. This was followed by a poster session with prizes awarded for the best scientific posters.

Astbury Annual Retreat 2015 - Shrigley Hall - Day Two

On day two of the retreat members of the Astbury Centre from Professors to PhD students took part in the murder mystery team-building event hosted by the Astbury Society. Teams had to combine their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics encompassed within the Astbury Centre to help them win the game. This was an engaging event incorporating science and team building in a relaxed setting.

May Ball 2015

The Astbury May Ball has become a fixture in the calendar, this year making its third appearance running. More popular than ever before, the event included a charity raffle, live music from members of the staff and a DJ. The event was a resounding success bringing together staff and students from the entire Astbury centre.

Annual Lecture 2015

     This year's annual lecture was given by Professor Xiaowei Zhuang from Harvard University on the topic of super resolution imaging. The annual lecture was once again joined with a Sports day for teams from across the departments. The events this year included a paper aeroplane making and throwing competition and the standard egg and spoon. The winning team this year were Virally Induced Victory from FBS. Sports day was followed by a barbeque for everyone to relax with a burger, sausage and a cool drink.

Events in 2014

Games Night 2014

Games night 2014

The Games Night was a new addition to the wealth of entertaining events held within the Astbury Centre. Giant Jenga, Monopoly, and Twister dominated the evening, making for an entertaining way to get people from across the centre to come together and enjoy a little friendly competition.

May Ball 2014

May Ball 2014

The Astbury May ball returned in 2014 for a second time due to popular demand, following the success of the previous year. This event held a charity raffle, with some fantastic prizes, excellent live music, and even a magician! This was a brilliant social that brought together staff and students from across the centre.

Astbury Annual Lecture, Sports Day and Barbecue

Lecture and sports 2014

The annual lecture, this year given by Prof. Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, is coupled with a Sports day where teams from across the departments compete in a number of fun events. These range from the standard egg and spoon to medley relay races. There is something for everyone to enjoy! This year saw "Brucie's Bonus" running, jumping and wheelbarrowing into the top spot!
The sports day is followed by a barbeque where everyone can unwind with a burger and a glass of Pimms.

2014 Away Day

Away Day 2014

This year marked another return of the Astbury Centre to the Thackray Medical museum in Leeds. This saw members of the centre giving some great updates on the work that is being carried out across the various faculties of the Astbury Centre. The poster session went down extremely well as usual and provides a great platform for collaboration.

2014 Wine and Cheese night

Wine and Cheese 2014

The society decided to hold a Yorkshire vs. France themed ale, wine and cheese night this year, bringing in the Leeds-based 'Homage to Fromage' to help organise the event. A quiz was held to give people the chance to put their senses to the test, and establish the origin of the cheese and draw their own conclusions as to who makes it better - Yorkshire, or France?

2014 Away Day

Away Day 2014

This year marked another return of the Astbury Centre to the Thackray Medical museum in Leeds. This saw members of the centre giving some great updates on the work that is being carried out across the various faculties of the Astbury Centre. The poster session went down extremely well as usual and provides a great platform for collaboration.

2014 Xmas Quiz

Xmas 2014

The Christmas quiz is always one of the most popular events of the year which allows everyone to get together for some festive fun. With new and entertaining rounds each year this event keeps getting better and better and is thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Charity Fund Raising

Over the past two years, the Astbury society has set up links and fund-raised for The Leeds children's charity. Money has been raised through raffles and an Astbury team taking part in the Tough Mudder challenge.

Mudders 2014

A statement from the Leeds Childrens charity:
The total amount raised by the Astbury Society for the Leeds Children's Charity to date is £2156.42, which is an amazing sum. Please thank everyone who has contributed in any way as it will make a big difference to many disadvantaged children of Leeds. This amount will provide 6 underprivileged children with a week's holiday at the Leeds Children's Holiday Centre, Silverdale, by the sea, and we cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for the help and support given to the charity.
The charity has provided 481 children with a free residential short break/respite during 2013 and we are proposing to provide the same number again during the summer of 2014. However, we cannot do this without the wonderful support of very generous people like yourselves. We are extremely grateful that the Asbury Society chose the work of the Leeds Children's Charity to support and look forward to working with you again during 2014 for the benefit of many children in dire need.

Events in 2013

The Astbury Society 2012

In 2013 the society committee comprised of (left to right): Front row: Sophia Goodchild (FBS), Megan Hughes (Physics), Sasha Derrington (FBS), Rachel Mahood (FBS), Claire Windle (FBS) Back row: Jenny Bain (Physics), Ivona Petrache (Chemistry), Kat Horner (Chemistry), Joe Shaw (FBS), James Ross (Chemistry), James Towey (Physics), Pete Richardson (Physics) and Valeria Azzarito (Chemistry).

May Ball 2013

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2013 saw the first Astbury May ball with a charity raffle and excellent live music. This was a brilliant event that brought together staff and students from across the centre.

 

Astbury Annual Lecture, Sports Day and Barbecue

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The annual lecture is coupled with a Sports day where teams from across the departments compete in a number of fun events ranging from the standard egg and spoon to medley relay races. There is something for everyone to enjoy! This year saw "Virally induced victory" running, jumping and wheelbarrowing into the top spot!

The sports day is followed by a barbeque where everyone can unwind with a burger and a glass of Pimms.

Astbury retreat 2013 team building event: The Zombie Apocalypse

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This years' Astbury annual retreat held at Shrigley hall allowed members from across the centre to present their research and also take part in team building events. Teams had to complete 7 events that would allow them to survive the Astbury zombie apocalypse, including creating catapults, disposing of "toxic waste", creating stretchers and a "zombie run".

Christmas Quiz 2013

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The Christmas quiz is always one of the most popular events of the year which allows everyone to get together for some festive fun. With new and entertaining rounds each year this event keeps getting better and better and is thoroughly enjoyed by all!

 

Scavenger Hunt 2012

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This year the society hosted their first scavenger hunt which combined logic and skill in a number of challenges across campus. Teams across the departments hooked ducks, built bridges and solved puzzles battling it out for the scavenger hunt trophy. The current champions are Team MMP.

 

Coffee mornings and Bake sales

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The Astbury coffee mornings and bake sales are not only a great way to help support fundraising for each event, but to meet people across the departments and network with a cup of coffee and some delicious home baked goods.
Most recently, Dr Toni Hoffmans baked cheesecake saw him take first place in the bake sale competition! Dr James Ault's "Swimmers" carrot cake was in close second and James Ross' mixed berry cake came third.
There will be more Astbury bake sales and baking competitions in the new year. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

 

Charity fund raising

Over the past year the Astbury society has set up links and fund-raised for The Leeds children's charity. Money has been raised through raffles and an Astbury team taking part in the Tough Mudder challenge.

A statement from the Leeds Childrens charity
The total amount raised by the Astbury Society for the Leeds Children's Charity this year is £1,136.42 which is an amazing sum. Please thank everyone who has contributed in any way as it will make a big difference to many disadvantaged children of Leeds. This amount will provide 6 underprivileged children with a week's holiday at the Leeds Children's Holiday Centre, Silverdale, by the sea, and we cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for the help and support given to the charity.

The charity has provided 481 children with a free residential short break/respite during 2013 and we are proposing to provide the same number again during the summer of 2014. However, we cannot do this without the wonderful support of very generous people like yourselves. We are extremely grateful that the Asbury Society chose the work of the Leeds Children's Charity to support and look forward to working with you again during 2014 for the benefit of many children in dire need.

The tough mudders team

The Astbury Society Tough Mudders Team 2013

Events in 2014:

There will be more Astbury bake sales and bake offs in the new year, keep your eyes peeled for more information. The first Astbury May Ball will be held on the 10th May; enjoy dinner, wine and dancing at the Park Plaza hotel for £30.00 pp, more information coming ASAP. Astbury annual lecture/sports day/BBQ on 1st July 2013.