Celebrating Social Science!

The UK's biggest celebration of social science returns this November with the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science. More than 300 free events will be taking place across the country highlighting the impact that social science research has on people's lives. 

The Festival, now in its sixteenth year, will run from 3 – 10 November and involve public debates, conferences, workshops, film screenings and virtual exhibitions. These events allow social scientists to engage with the public and increase awareness of the contributions the social sciences make to wellbeing and the economy of the UK. The Institute of Social and Economic Research and Understanding Society will be taking part with three events exploring the gender pay gap, basic income and how living in rented accommodation impacts health and wellbeing. 

Gender Equality - the pay gap and beyond

A lunch time discussion on Wednesday 7 November at Greencoat Place, London

Basic Income: turning the concept into practice

A morning discussion on Monday 5 November at Broadway House, London

Home, health and wellbeing: new research

A morning workshop presenting new research on Tuesday 6 November at Broadway House, London 

Festival events taking place across the UK will demonstrate how social science research has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. Social science contributes to the competitiveness of the UK in the world, the effectiveness of public services, and the quality of people's lives.You can find out about all the Festival events taking place in your area on the ESRC website

The researcher-led events will engage with everyone from school children to policy-makers. In 2017, events were held in 57 towns and cities with involvement from 1,348 social science researchers and a total attendance of 37,400 people.

Professor Jennifer Rubin, ESRC Executive Chair, said: "The Festival of Social Science is one of the largest co-ordinated endeavours undertaken by a science community and demonstrates ESRC’s commitment to public engagement. We know social scientists and economists value the opportunity to talk with the public to make an impact with their work. These events should inspire young people to pursue a career in social sciences and raise awareness about the impact made to wider society."