ESRC Festival of Social Sciences: Applications now open!

The University of Birmingham has once again been selected as a Hub for the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and internal applications are now open for the Festival taking place 2nd - 9th November 2019.

This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your social science research to a public audience including young people, businesses, and policy makers. You do not have to have previously been funded by the ESRC, but your event will need to include social science research.

About the Festival

The ESRC’s Festival of Social Science is an annual event offering a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives. It is designed to promote and increase awareness of social sciences and the ESRC's research, enable social scientists to engage with wider non-academic audiences, and increase awareness of the contributions that the social sciences make to the wellbeing and the economy of UK society.

Last year, the University held 21 events covering areas such as Brexit, fake news, gender politics and the #metoo campaign which attracted over 1,350 attendees, and reached thousands more online through online video streams. The festival also received high levels of engagement on social media.

Key details

This year, the University’s theme for the Festival will be ‘The future of…’, with applications being welcomed on events that fit the following topics:

  • The future of the workplace
  • The future of food and health
  • The future of education and leadership
  • The future of cities
  • The future of democracy
  • The future of the family

Applications can be made for sponsorship of up to £1000 to cover event costs, including venue hire and refreshments, but will not cover staff salary costs. Marketing, printing and stationery costs will be handled centrally.

Activities can take any format that you feel will create the biggest impact. Previous events have included film screenings, online events, debates, workshops, exhibitions, as well as hands-on activities. These do not need to take place at the University, they could for example be hosted by a school, museum or library, sports centre or even a local pub! Please click here for more details on last year’s Festival at UoB.

Please note that your event, if accepted, may be subject to changes and suggestions to encourage an interdisciplinary approach or to fit with the themes outlined above.

How to Apply

If you have any questions about the application process or need assistance with your budget, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Clewes ( Alternatively, if you have any questions about how your research may fit with the Festival, feel free to contact Chloe Ainslie (