ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018

The ESRC Festival of Social Science celebrates how pioneering social, economic and political research impacts everyday life. The Festival welcomes all, whether you’re a leading researcher in your field, you’re studying the subject at school or a member of the public interested in learning more.




ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018: Facebook Live Stream: Can we overcome the generational divide?

The divide between generations has increased over recent years, with the gap between Baby Boomers. Generation X and Millennials growing starker as time goes on. 

ESRC 2018: The Silent Child: Nine Months On

When The Silent Child hit the BBC screen in March this year, after being awarded the Oscar for Best Live Action Short, the public was captivated.

Frozen Conflict: Interpreting reality through art, film and social sciences


“The ESRC Festival of Social Science represents a great opportunity to present our research findings to a general audience. I have been organising a session for the last 5 years and find it both a refreshing and enriching experience. The audience interaction is always fantastic, an engaged citizenry is an essential component in creating a push for sound policy making and I think the Festival provides an excellent platform to get people engaged and understand the value of good social science research.” 
Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay 
Director of Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing

Being part of the ESRC Festival of science was a great privilege, being part of the Discovery Day was even more so. The experience of being in a room with the liveliest, creative and thoughtful group of school students who gave so much to the session was a revelation” 
Professor Isabelle Szmigin
Professor of Marketing, College of Social Sciences

"I would like to say a huge thank-you to your team for Friday's taster day; I really enjoyed myself and found the topics so interesting, as well as having such inspirational and knowledgable speakers - it was definitely worth the long trip! I'm going to be sending my university applications in the coming weeks and am applying to Birmingham for two subjects, so hopefully I will see you again in the not too distant future! Again, thank you for all of your help and for providing such a brilliant day"
Students from the Discovery Day