**UPDATE 2022: The Festival will be running from 22 October - 13 November 2022. The website will be updated with further information over the summer.**
The Festival is an annual celebration of research and knowledge about human behaviour and society and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022. It’s an opportunity for anyone to explore social science topics – from health and wellbeing to crime, equality, education and identity. Events are run by researchers from UK universities.
A key theme for the 2022 festival is ‘my local area’. Many of our events will explore our partner universities’ own regions, from their social and economic history to their dialect, political landscape and the future of their local high streets.
Take a look at our 2021 events to see the range of what was on offer from our partners across the UK, both virtually and in person, suitable for all ages and catering for all tastes, and put the date in your diary to join us this year!
10 November 2021
17.00 - 18.30
Virtual online delivery
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Young People and Climate Action
1 November 2021 | 10.30-12.00
University of Surrey
Engaging a Sustainable Surrey: The Community and COP26
4 November 2021 | 18.00-19.45
University of Surrey
Online zine workshop: using speculative fiction to explore climate crisis
6 November 2021 | 15.00-17.00
Sensor-y Walks: exploring air pollution in Oxford
7 November 2021 | 10.30-11.30
University of Oxford
Magical encounters: How conjuring can help understand ourselves and others
8 November 2021 | 19.30-21.00
University of Exeter
Expressing a youth perspective on climate damage using animation
10 November 2021 | 14.00-15.00
Queen’s University Belfast
Explore highlights from previous Festival of Social Science eventsView event highlights
ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. We support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. At any one time ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. Visit the ESRC’s website to learn more about the insights they are providing.