Social Club

The Institute is renowned for being a very friendly place to work, with members of all research groups mixing freely both during the working day and afterwards. Many members of the Institute go for a social drink on Friday evenings (after the regular research seminars that take place every Friday afternoon) - since there are many different potential destinations within walking distance of the main University campus, the chosen pub is announced in the weekly Institute newsletter (BAHmail) and on a dedicated IBAHCM Social Club Facebook page, which is also used for other social announcements.

Social Events

Social Events

The Institute has an annual Christmas event that features a lecture from a visiting ornithologist, followed by a party (with party/drinks reception) and finally a ceilidh (= dance). While the ceilidh music is provided by a live professional band, the tradition is that the party features a short musical item by the ad hoc Institute band, made up of anyone in the Institute who is prepared to play a musical instrument in public. Everyone at least pretends that they enjoy listening to it.

Some forthcoming  events and some past successes...

The Annual Cochno Bonfire Night 2019

Cochno Bonfire pic


End of year ceilidh 2015

On 4th December we held our annual Christmas/Ornithology Lecture with buffet reception in the museum, followed by our annual ceilidh hootananny.

This year the lecture was given by Professor Jane Reid (University of Aberdeen) on 'Dissecting the evolutionary ecology of reproductive strategies in the wild'.

Photos from the reception and ceilidh

A full album of images can be viewed in HD.


CVR v IBAHCM table football tournament

On Friday 8th May members of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research and Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine met for an evening of friendly (mostly) competition – the first of two (the next to be held at IBAHCM's Graham Kerr Building).

The stakes – who are the true masters of the foosball table. For each event there was a team-winner, an institutional winner, and a Director-winner. 

  • The team winners were: Rute Pinto and Alex Hardy
  • The institutional winners were: The CVR
  • The winning Director was: Prof Dan Haydon

More images on the Institute Facebook page.


Bake Your Study Species!

Bake your study species header

Past viva celebrations – amazing cakes!

A traditional post-viva celebration in the Institute is drinks and cake - but no ordinary cake; our research students are getting ever more ambitious in their attempts to represent their thesis topic as a cake, i.e. check out the twitter handle  #bakeyourstudyspecies. Some great examples below:

Laura Bergner cake

Laurie Baker cake

Holly Ferguson cake

Hans Recknagel cake

Madeleine Carruthers cake

Amy Bowman cake