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October 2016

Social Science festival returns to Manchester for a second year

(20 October 2016)

We are working with Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University to team up with museums, galleries and community groups to celebrate the importance of social science research to our everyday lives. The Manchester Festival of Social Science takes place from the 5 – 12 November and includes over 40 exciting and engaging events taking place in venues across the city.

The Festival attracted thousands of people last year and is part of a wider national series of events backed by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The Manchester strand includes a huge variety of topics connected to research in sociology, business, law, anthropology, education and social care.

"I am delighted that the ESRC's Festival of Social Science will again include a major event in Manchester,” said Colette Fagan, Deputy Dean and Vice-Dean for Research. “Building on last year’s successful event, this year’s Festival is a collaboration between The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford.”

“This is a great opportunity to involve our communities - school children and adults from across the region as well as University students and academics - in an event where we showcase the exciting and inspiring ways in which social science engages with the economic, social and cultural questions which impact on all our lives."


Highlights include an interactive street game about flooding, a debate on the contribution that sport makes to the region and a workshop about what it will be like to live alongside robots! There are exhibitions, debates, film screenings, family fun days and walks and talks taking place throughout the week. Everything is free to attend.