ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017
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The Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) 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 University of Plymouth is hosting a series of events as part of the ESRC’s annual festival.

This year, the ESRC Festival of Social Science runs from 4-11 November 2017.

The theme is: "Social Sciences: Creating Purpose".

Focusing on the importance of social sciences in the work of the University and ESRC researchers in building international and local communities, this year’s festival looks at creating ‘purpose’ and how it can influence our work, how we build communities and live our everyday lives.

Full details of individual events at the University of Plymouth can be found below.

The University of Exeter are participating in the festival - visit their webpage for details. 

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About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC 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.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


Follow the ESRC Festival of Social Science on Twitter at #esrcfestival or visit the ESRC website for further information.



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