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We are delighted to once again be a part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. From 1st – 30th November 2021 we will be showcasing some of the spectacular research conducted across the social sciences here at the University of Manchester.

The theme of this year’s Festival is Exploring society together and for 2021 we have a special focus on Climate Change and the environment and many of our events will be looking at the various ways social science can help our planet to survive and thrive and the vital roles we all play.

Events will take place both in-person and online and we truly hope that there will be something for everyone in the line up we have created.

Every event in our schedule is free to attend and we encourage you to branch out and try exploring topics and subjects that you may not have considered before.

We wish you a happy, healthy, and informative Festival and look forward to welcoming you to some of our events soon!

For a full calendar of all ESRC Festival events visit: Festival of Social Science

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Welcome from Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou

A short video introducing you to the Festival of Social Science 2021 at the University of Manchester with brief interviews from previous Festival participants.

Upcoming Events:

Manchester, Botanical City: Plants, Stories, Lives

Dr Anke Bernau presents an event exploring our relationship with plants and how we interact with them.

Wednesday 17th November 2021 15:30 – 16:30 GMT


Drumming up Climate Change from Manchester to Senegal

Dr Anita Greenhill presents an interactive event at the Old Abbey Taphouse in Manchester highlighting how research and social issues can be a power tool for change in places such as Manchester and Senegal.

Thursday 18th November 2021 16:00 – 22:00


GM Share and Learn Showcase: leading Education Recovery

Dr Claire Forbes presents an event that focuses on understanding and capturing the innovative school practices that are informing local education recovery in the wake of Covid19

Wednesday 17th November 2021 16:00 – 18:00 GMT


Festival Feedback:

The aim of the Festival is to provide opportunity for engagement and free enquiry and in that spirit we are keen to get your feedback on the events you attend, as your thoughts and opinions are crucial to shaping our future endeavours and ensuring that the Festival continues to surprise and delight for years to come. With this in mind, please do consider completing any surveys that organisers provide during and after the events, alternatively, scan the QR code and it will take you through to our attendee feedback questionnaire.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact:

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