ESRC Festival of Social Science: 3 – 10 November 2018

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic, and political lives - both now and in the future.

During the Festival, which runs this year from 3-10 November, University of Exeter researchers and PhD students working in a social science area at the University are invited to open up their research to a number of different audiences with events across Devon and Cornwall.

Applications are welcome from researchers to hold an event during the festival week that promotes and brings social science to life targeted at a non-academic audience.

Events could include, but are not limited to:

  • Film screenings
  • Debates
  • Exhibitions
  • Hands-on activities
  • Arts / theatre
  • Virtual / online activity

Innovative event ideas are welcomed and encouraged.

How to apply

To apply to hold an event at this year’s festival, please complete this application Form by 16.00 on Friday 8 June 2018 and email it to

Application Process

Your application will be reviewed by an internal panel in mid-June. You will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.

Further information

Please see the Festival of Social Science guidance document which offers some comprehensive guidance on applying.

This celebration of the social sciences will also be taking place all across the UK. For more information about the national festival, including full national listings, please visit the ESRC website.

You can also join in the conversation on social media using the #UoEFoSS or the national hashtag #ESRCFestival

Contact details

If you have any questions about the festival please contact the Festival Team.

Phone: 01392 72 2668
Grace Williams, Engaged Research Manager (Research Services)
Laura Loveday, Commercial and Business Programmes Officer (Innovation, Impact and Business)