About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

Festival of Social Science logoThe 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. 2015 is the Thirteenth year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the Festival grows from strength to strength. This year is particularly special as we celebrate the ESRC's 50th Anniversary.

Previous Festivals

Each year the ESRC Festival of Social Science evaluation highlights the breadth of activities, events and audiences the week reaches. View all previous Festival evaluations.

We have undertaken a small study of the Festival of Social Science from 2006 to 2010 to review the successes and the benefits over time, as well as to develop learning points for future events.