The ESRC Festival of Social Science is a celebration of the social sciences.

It began life in 2002 as Social Science Week - a collection of around 25 events, mainly seminars aimed towards an academic audience. Over the years Social Science Week has grown to a much larger and more inclusive 'festival' of activities, aimed at policymakers, business, the public and young people.

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.

Everyone - from school children to politicians - can take part in, and hear about, social science research at the Festival's many engaging events.

The events are taking place at a number of venues in Southampton (including the University of Southampton campuses) and Winchester. Please see the individual event pages for further details on the venues and their locations.




Who I Am: Promoting Voices Of Autistic Children

Thursday, November 7th 2019

Opportunities And Challenges In Curbing Wildlife Trafficking

Wednesday, November 6th 2019

Paint Your Pain

Wednesday, November 6th 2019

The Generation Game - Is It Fair?

Friday, November 8th 2019

Law, Policy And The Well-being Of The Elderly

Tuesday, November 5th 2019

Practitioner Workshop - Families Of Prisoners And The Resettlement Of People Serving Indeterminate IPP Sentences

Wednesday, November 6th 2019

Feasibility Of A Drug Consumption Facility In Southampton

Monday, November 4th 2019

Self-building A Life With Different Abilities And Support

Date to be confirmed

Brexit Means??? A Discussion Of Contemporary British History And Politics

Friday, November 8th 2019