The Festival of Social Science (FoSS) is an annual celebration of social science research, co-ordinated by the ESRC. It is a fantastic opportunity to engage with non-academic audiences as part of a wide programme of exciting events.
Researchers from the O2RB partnership - The University of Oxford, The Open University, Oxford Brookes University and University of Reading are invited to propose informative and entertaining public engagement activities for children, families and young people on the theme of ‘environment’, to happen during November 2021.
Funding for events is available via the University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) FoSS budget.
All event types are welcome – pop-up stalls, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, quizzes, performances, craft activities, debates, etc. Events can be held online, in person, or as hybrid, subject to national and local COVID-19 guidance that applies at the time.
You do not need to have a fully formed event plan at this stage. We are keen to hear from you, even if you only have the beginnings of an idea, or simply have a willingness to participate but aren’t sure what approach to take. We will work with you to explore/develop event plans.
The ESRC are particularly keen to encourage events:
- on the theme of ‘environment’, in its broadest sense. (e.g. relationship between wellbeing and green spaces)
- that 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
- a strong social science element but with potential to include events led by or run in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines
The O2RB partnership are particularly keen to encourage events:
- to be held in the Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire area, engaging groups from the local community that don’t typically interact with the University
- that use creative and innovative approaches to engaging audiences
- Events may be for a selected group, bookable, or open to the public to drop-in on the day, but all events must be free to attend.
Partnerships with local organisations, such as schools or community groups, are encouraged but not required. Collaborations with other HEIs are also welcome.
Completing the Expression of Interest allows the O2RB selection panel led by University of Oxford to understand the purpose, target audience(s), logistical requirements, and resources required for the event. You will be contacted to discuss your plans. No details will be shared with the festival organising team at the ESRC until the event is confirmed by the University. Completing the Expression of Interest does not guarantee the event will be selected or funded.