ESRC Festival of Social Science Returns to Manchester

We are delighted to announce the return of the ESRC Festival of Social Science to Manchester. From Saturday, 21 October to Friday, 17 November, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford will be organising events throughout the city showcasing the groundbreaking research conducted across the social sciences.

The festival is a celebration of the research conducted in social sciences and its profound impact on society. It offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading research and how it influences our social, economic, and political lives – both now and in the future.

Stian Westlake, ESRC Executive Chair, said: 

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a unique insight into UK social science research and its relevance to individuals, society and the economy. There are hundreds of free events taking place across the UK and online, including at the University of Manchester. We hope you enjoy the events and finding out more about social scientists’ work. 

Underlying this year’s festival is an exciting theme: ‘Lifelong Wellbeing’, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Many of the events on offer this year will spotlight the pivotal role social science research plays in fostering the wellbeing and the economic prosperity of British society.

From gamete donations, to plastic recycling, or care for older people, the themes explored in this year’s events affects us all every day. The ESRC Festival of Social Sciences is open to everyone and is a unique opportunity to engage directly with researchers about the fascinating projects they work and to share your own insights on these important topics.

Philip Drake, Director of Social Responsibility for the School of Social Sciences said:

It is a great privilege for me to be involved in an event as wonderful as the ESRC festival, where profoundly impactful societal research is celebrated and made available and accessible to the people in our local communities. 

Academia can often be seen as situated in an ivory tower, away from the people that it can most benefit, but this festival allows the coming together of people, communities and research, where ideas can be shared and we have the opportunity to learn from each other. 

This year’s programme has a fantastic mix of projects, with something for everyone, and we hope many people will join us to celebrate both research and the communities that we hope to positively impact and benefit.

For a complete calendar of events and details on how to register, we invite you to visit the Festival’s official website.

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