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Queen’s invites public to explore the world of social science at ESRC Festival of Social Science

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science is back.

The annual festival returns to Northern Ireland from 30 October to 12 November 2023, and will feature 20 free events organised by social science academics from Queen’s and Ulster University.

This UK-wide festival is dedicated to promoting awareness of UK social science research, illustrating its influence on our daily lives. The theme of this year’s festival is “lifelong wellbeing”, with some of the 20 events exploring the holistic aspects of physical, mental, and emotional health, with the aim of contributing to our understanding of how to live a fulfilling life at every stage.

Most of the events are in-person experiences, and include talks, workshops, walking tours, and even a pub quiz, providing the public with first-hand insight into how social science shapes the world.

Highlights of the Festival include:

  • An exhibition showcasing how animals were thought of in medieval times
  • A panel discussion on how past economic crises can be used to improve the future
  • A lively discussion on extending democracy to workplaces
  • A “walk-shop” exploring healthy ageing.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds world-leading research, data and post-graduate training in the economic, behavioural, social and data sciences to understand people and the world around us. Their work helps raise productivity, address climate change, improve public services and generate a prosperous, inclusive, healthy and secure society. ESRC is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

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 Ulster University and Queen’s. We hope you enjoy the events and finding out more about social scientists’ work.”

For the Festival programme and event registration, visit this link. To explore the complete UK-wide programme, click here. Remember, all events are free to attend.