Find out how play can help medical anxiety in children, what it means to own an NFT, and challenge yourself to spot the robot among humans during free events hosted by Bournemouth University (BU).
The events are taking place between Saturday 22 October and Saturday 12 November as part of the nationwide ESRC Festival of Social Science, which offers an insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our lives.
BU will hold a number of free public events, which will take place online and in locations across Bournemouth:
Which one of us is human? From 10am, Saturday 22 October, Bournemouth Library
Imagine a future where robots and humans looked identical: how would you know who is human? Join this interactive event to identify the 'robot' from live performers.
How to become a young entrepreneur From 10am, 25 – 27 October, The Old School House, Boscombe
An audio-visual exhibition showcasing a project to develop entrepreneurial skills in young people
Demystifying NFTs: Understanding the law and technology 6.30pm Tuesday 8 November, online
An online talk with expert speakers explaining the phenomenon of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, and what it actually means to own one
Medical Monsters: reducing medical anxiety through play and gamification 10am, Saturday 12 November, Bournemouth Gateway Building
Featuring specially designed sessions of Jenga, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and virtual reality experiences, this event will explore how play and gamification strategies can reduce patient anxiety in children
Several closed group activities will also take place as part of the Festival activity, exploring topics including avoiding online scams, the use of drones for deliveries and youth in nature.
Adam Morris, Engagement Officer at Bournemouth University, said: “We’re excited to showcase social science research taking place at BU through talks, workshops and interactive activities. We’ll be exploring some of the issues that affect our lives and how we’re helping to understand and shape our society”
2022 marks the 20th year of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, with free events being held across the country.
Professor Alison Park, ESRC’s Interim Executive Chair, said: “The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and its relevance to individuals, society and the economy.
“This year we are celebrating the festival’s 20th birthday with hundreds of free events across the UK, including at Bournemouth University. We hope the events are enjoyable and inspiring.”