Festival of Social Science 2019

ESRC’s Annual Festival of Social Science is a week-long celebration of the social sciences held every year with events taking place across the UK. This year it will run between 2-9 November 2019. It is a fantastic opportunity for academics to engage with non-academic audiences.


The Festival is intended to:

  • Encourage, support and create the opportunity for social science researchers, particularly early career researchers, to engage with non-academic audiences.
  • Provide a ‘safe’ place for researchers at all career stages to test out public engagement activities
  • Engage with a range of policymakers promoting social science research and findings, to inform policymaking and to maximise the impact of research
  • Engage the wider public to promote social science research and findings and an awareness and understanding of the contribution they make to the economy and wellbeing of society
  • Engage young people and schools in social sciences.

Download the Festival programme (PDF document)

Colleagues were invited to submit applications for funding of up to £1,000 to run events throughout the Festival week of 2-9 November 2019. All awards have now been allocated and there is a very exciting programme of activity prepared for the Festival.

A call will be issued in Spring 2020 for applicants to submit proposals to run an event for the Festival in November 2020, with funding of up to £1,000 per event available. For more information, please contact the ESRC IAA Partnership Development Manager Laura Kornas at esrciaa@lancaster.ac.uk