ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021
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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.

The festival is an opportunity for our researchers to engage with non-academic audiences, increasing awareness of the impact of social science on society and the economy. It is an opportunity for the audience to meet the researchers, engage in research activities and potentially influence research.

This year's festival will tie in with COP26 to include a festival strand connecting the audience and aims of the festival to an environment and climate change theme. 

Events are aimed at public audiences and young people with at least 40% of FoSS events overall being on an environmental theme.

Call for proposals

The call for proposals is now open and our selection criteria will consider:

  • Topics selected to be of interest to public audiences/young people
  • Environment theme can include non-climate-change topics (e.g. the relationship between wellbeing and green spaces)
  • Focus where possible on inspiring action (e.g. what can be done to improve our environment and reduce climate change)
  • Include where possible individual or local changes that can make a difference with respect to climate change, or relatable stories about individuals and climate change from around the world
  • Strong economics/social science element but with the potential to include events led by or run in collaboration with, researchers from other disciplines.

Applicants are requested to complete the application form. The deadline for submissions is 9 August 2021. Eligibility criteria, themes and allowable costs are all described in the application guidance.

Please contact for any questions about the event, using the subject heading 'ESRC Social Science Social' when corresponding. We look forward to hearing from you.

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