You’ve probably seen diagrams and articles of the stages involved in event management. Usually they look something like this: planning, promotion, event, follow-through.
Well, how useful is that? They don’t tell you anything about what is happening in the event planner’s head. So let me walk you through the 6 emotional stages of event management.
6 is a number I picked. It is neither wrong nor correct. I would love to hear about your emotional ups and downs, and what makes you tick. And click. And go crazy.
Stage #1: The conception of the idea
For some people this is the highest excitement point. I am usually a bit sceptical and cautious at this time and say things like this during the team meetings: “Well, yes, this is a great idea, I just need to think it through and get back to you”. Or just smile. That often works too. Basically, I just don’t want say an impulsive “yes”, and then find myself organising an event I don’t believe in, in a way that won’t work.
Stage #2: Planning of the promotion
Keep in mind, this is the “planning of the promotion”, not yet the promotion itself. For some of you this is one and the same but for me, this is all about making colour coded to–do lists and writing the deadlines down. And then I hang it on the wall. Most people put pictures of their families up or artsy posters. Yeah, I don’t do that stuff. My to-do lists are pieces of art (to me, you got the right to have a slightly different opinion).
The Biologist Vol 61(4) p28-29
There have been many student societies throughout history: some small, some public, some secret and some that housed the great minds of future scientists. The Plinian Society was a student club at the University of Edinburgh back in the early 19th century that witnessed the early stages of many great scientists’ careers, including Charles Darwin’s. Despite it being a student society, regulations were very tight, with an elaborate code of laws and a highly selective joining process. Members, once voted in, would meet in an underground room at the university, discuss papers and sometimes even present their own research, usually in a form of critiques of the work of established scientists.
The format of student societies might have changed a lot since the 19th century, with this slightly macabre, underground atmosphere giving way to a more open and social environment, but the principle behind them is the same: a society remains a safe place to discuss scientific ideas, and to promote collaboration and engagement in science.
The festival was buzzing all weekend, attracting over 3000 attendees on Friday alone! It was a great way for families to add variety to their summer holidays by engaging in games and other activities, attending talks and even having 3D toys made for them during the festival (we had a glimpse at some brilliant 3D geckos being made, so fascinating!).
The Society of Biology stand was one of the most popular ones at the festival, engaging over 200 children with their parents, more than half of whom made a fortune teller and played the matching pairs game. It is quite an art in itself to neatly fold a fortune teller, which is then followed by picking a number, folding the fortune teller as many times as the number picked and revealing a scientist with his or her most significant discovery. While folding a fortune teller needs concentration and dexterity, matching pairs game was all about memory and speed! Children could open only two cards out of sixteen at a time to try and find their scientist from the fortune teller with the matching discovery. Kids were very excited about the games, as some of them had already tried them at school, and those who hadn’t – picked it up very quickly and sometimes even came back for another one! Read more
The article was published on Society of Biology blog on 6 August 2014.