October 31, 2017, by Lindsay Brooke

ESRC annual celebration of social sciences

Academics from University of Nottingham will be playing a major part in this year’s annual festival of social science from the 4-11 November.

Now in its 15 year, the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) festival will see 316 events across the UK, taking the social sciences to diverse and new audiences covering a range of topics from early development to dementia.

This host of activities is aimed at policymakers, business, the public and young people alike offering 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.

Coming up from the University of Nottingham:

Collaborating for freedom: Strengthening anti-slavery partnerships

The University of Nottingham’s ‘Rights Lab’ will be hosting a national conference and launching the findings of collaborative research, which maps UK multi-agency anti-slavery partnerships and explores how we can make our communities more resilient against modern slavery.

The event, ‘Collaborating for freedom: Strengthening anti-slavery partnerships’, organised by the University of Nottingham and the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner will take place from 9.30am to 4pm in the Senate Chamber, The Trent Building, University Park on 9 November 2017. Details of their findings will be made public during the event.


Who’s in charge? You or the algorithm?

As part of the ESRC Festival of Science the UnBias research team, part of Horizon Digital Economy Research, at the University of Nottingham will be running two Youth Juries on Saturday 11th of November 2017 between 10am and 4pm at the Nottingham Broadway cinema.

Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos will be leading the interactive public event: ‘UnBias youth jury: Your verdict on the internet’ which will allow young people to reflect, understand and have their say about how the internet works. It will take place in at the Broadway Cinema, 14-18 Broad Street.


Addressing the meat problem

Dr Carol Morris from the School of Geography and Dr Judy Swift expert in behavioural nutrition in the School of Biosciences are involved in a half day workshop focussing on the ways social scientists can contribute to a greater understanding of meat consumption and methods to reduce it. ‘Addressing the meat problem: What role for social science?’ is being staged at the University of Manchester, Oxford Road, on 9 November.

Online videos exploring social science

Throughout the festival Dr Thomas Chesney from the Nottingham Business School will be running a youtube feature: ‘Wondermass: Videos about Social Science’. The videos have been specially created for the festival and take a behind the sciences look at what social scientists do and why.

More details about the packed programme of events is available here.

Keep across these events by following the ESRC on twitter @esrc using #esrcfestival




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