What are the benefits of taking part in the Festival?

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.

The ESRC is the biggest public funder of cutting edge social science research in the UK. Effective communication and engagement is key to enabling social science research to inform and influence policy and practice. As well as developing and promoting world-leading research, it is vital we also raise the public's awareness of social science, and encourage their involvement. We are aiming to help people not only understand social science, but also have the skills necessary to question and challenge it.

The key to the success of the Festival lies in the rich and varied activities organised by ESRC-funded investments and researchers. The Festival is an excellent opportunity to get your latest research in front of diverse audiences, including opinion formers as well as the general public.

In addition the ESRC co-ordinated press campaign offers you a unique opportunity to get your research into local and national press, radio, and even television.