Festival puts social science in spotlight

New social science research and its potential impact on everyday lives will be highlighted in a series of University events.

ESRC Festival of Social Science

The ESRC Festival of Social Science, which runs from 4 to 11 November across the UK, will include workshops, panel discussions and exhibitions in Edinburgh.

These will explore topics including the benefits of singing for mental health, and the use of technology in teaching.

All events are free and most are open to the public.

Showcasing research

The Leith Labs, at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, will be a hub for four of the University events.

An interactive exhibition, previously on display at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, will explore the practise of social work.

There will be storytelling sessions and discussions about the use of technology to deliver teaching in schools.

Art workshops for young people will explore their perceptions of the media coverage of terrorism and conflict.

The Harmony Choir will showcase research on the mental health benefits of singing in a choir. The event will include a performance from the choir of some inspiring and uplifting songs, and an opportunity to take part in an audience sing-along.

A practical presentation on managing money for 16-25 year olds and their parents, organised in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, UK Youth and Youth Scotland, is taking place at the Museum on the Mound.

The event includes a tour of the museum to explore the fascinating story of money.

Wide ranging programme

How social science researchers collect store and use data will be highlighted in an event at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

To see the programme of events and to book tickets go to Festival of Social Science at the University of Edinburgh webpage. 

The ESRC Festival features more than 300 events. For the full programme visit Festival of Social Science on the Economic and Social Research Council's website.

You can also join the discussion on Twitter using #esrcfestival.

Related links

Festival of Social Science at the University of Edinburgh

Economic and Social Research Council 

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