For the fifth year running, the University of Southampton is taking part in the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science (FoSS). The festival opens the doors of the University’s social science research to the wider public, by hosting a variety of events between 21 October - 17 November 2023.

This year the University of Southampton is happy to announce partnership with Bournemouth University to run an extended programme of events.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the Festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. 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.

If you have any questions about an event, please don’t hesitate to contact the festival team at

For more information about the events taking place nationwide, take a look at the ESRC Festival website: and follow on Twitter at #ESRCFESTIVAL