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Festival of Social Science returns for its 17th year

The UKRI’s (UK Research and Innovation) Economic and Social Research Council will be running their seventeenth Festival of Social Science from 2 – 9 November this year, with over 450 events being held across the UK.

The festival, which is the University of Sheffield’s contribution to the national ESRC celebration of social science research, originally began in 2002 as Social Science Week – a collection of around twenty-five events, mainly seminars aimed towards an academic audience.

Since 2002, Social Science Week has grown to a much larger and more inclusive festival of activities, aimed at policymakers, businesses, the general public and young people. The Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.

The festival will cover a wide range of topics such as AI, mental health, sexuality, parenting, weather, gender, ageing, love, death, economics and education through a variety of different events. This includes public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual reality activities, hands-on activities, art installations, exhibitions and talks.


In Sheffield, there will be events focusing on the voices of the autistic community, community energy in Yorkshire and The Humber, childhood illnesses and modern slavery. More information about these events can be found here.




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