ESRC festival of social science 2020

by | Jul 3, 2020 | Events | 0 comments

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020

On behalf of Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou:

The University of Manchester will again partner with the Economic and Social Research Council, the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University on the ESRC Manchester Festival of Social Science in 2020.

The aim of the Festival is, as always, to showcase Manchester social science research to a broad non-academic audience. For the last few years we have hosted an eclectic blend of activities designed to celebrate the social sciences at a variety of venues across Manchester. However, this year, given the current global crisis and the need for continued social distancing, the Festival will be hosted entirely online.

We envisage this taking shape in the form of web-based presentations, videos, infographics, and social media events, alongside other creative and innovative methods of digital engagement. Our main event hub will be our dedicated website:

The call for applications is now open. The Festival will run from 7-15 November and will involve academics working alongside community and cultural partners to create engaging and inspiring research-led online resources and events. The Manchester Festival will provide an insight into the many ways in which social science research contributes to social, economic and political life across the city, region and beyond; and showcase our ability to remain connected even in the most unusual and difficult of circumstances.

Any researcher can apply to hold their event, new or existing, under the Festival banner. In addition, applications can be made for up to £1,500 sponsorship from the University of Manchester to hold an event as part of the Festival. Events must be able to be hosted online, include social science and must be aimed at engaging with groups outside of academia (e.g. young people, third sector organisations, the general public, business, or local government and policy makers).

Applications for interdisciplinary events/resources, and applications that seek to bring together two or more Festival partners, are strongly encouraged. We particularly welcome applications from early career researchers, including PhD students. PhD student applicants must name as a co-applicant on the application form a member of staff who has agreed to provide advice and assistance where necessary, and to take formal responsibility for the event (including managing the finances, any health and safety requirements, etc.). The co-applicant may, but need not, be your supervisor. 

For inspiration and ideas for the kind of event you might run, you can find out about the 2019 events at

Please note, applications SHOULD NOT be made to the ESRC, but rather via the University of Manchester. The application deadline is 4pm Monday 17/08/2020. An application form and guidance notes are attached to this email. They can also be found at

Please address any queries to Hannah Clark, ESRC IAA Manager (

ESRC Manchester Festival Guidance Document 2020

ESRC Manchester Festival Application Form 2020


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *