ESRC Festival of Social Science

Expressions of Interest for the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 are now open!

The Festival is an annual celebration of social science research and a fantastic opportunity to engage with non-academic audiences as part of a wide programme of exciting events taking place across the UK.

Colleagues 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. We welcome all kinds of ideas for events, to be hosted in person or online, from researchers at all career stages.  

Full guidance is provided below.

 

Call for Expressions of Interest launch: 7 July 2021

Deadline for EOIs: 5pm, Friday 23 July 2021

Guidance and how to apply

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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.

Call for Expressions of Interest opens: 7 July 2021

Deadline for EOIs: 5pm on 23 July 2021

Selected events confirmed: 20 August 2021

Events take place: 1-30 November 2021

We welcome Expressions of Interest from researchers at any career stage, from universities in the O2RB partnership - The University of Oxford, The Open University, Oxford Brookes University or University of Reading. The Festival celebrates social science research, however we welcome Expressions of Interest from those  working in other fields, who may have an idea for interdisciplinary activities. Sessions don’t need to be run by social scientists as long as there is a aim for societal impact. You may express interest as an individual or group.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted using this online survey

If you have several ideas for events, please complete a separate survey for each one. 

Queries should be sent to esrciaa@socsci.ox.ac.uk.

We will use the data provided in this survey to record and review the Expression of Interest;

  • to contact those who have completed the survey with information and communications related to the Festival of Social Science;
  • to liaise with indviduals to support the creation of events for the Festival of Social Science;
  • and to coordinate the arrangements for events.

We will also retain your data so that we can keep in touch to support reporting and evalulation for the ESRC.

Your data (name, department/faculty, event title and summary) may be used to identify your event, including on webpages in the University of Oxford Social Sciences Division and departments and the ESRC's Festival of Social Science website. We may also use your data in publicity or promotional materials, including on University websites.

Access to your data will be provided to those within the University who need to view it as part of their work in carrying out the purposes described above. We will only retain your data for as long as we need it to meet our purposes, including any relating to legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

Contact us

For more information, contact Becky Launchbury, ESRC IAA Manager, on esrciaa@socsci.ox.ac.uk.

Check out the ESRC's full programme of events  and explore the #ESRCFestival activity on Twitter.