Discover how your body reacts to cold water, discuss the right to roam, and explore the history of ska and Two-Tone music in Dorset as part of free events being hosted by Bournemouth University.
The events take place between 25 October and 15 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 has partnered with the University of Southampton for this year’s festival and will jointly host two events exploring the challenges and benefits around extending the ‘right to roam’, focusing on the New Forest and Bournemouth’s coastline.
Other events include an exhibition at the Dolphin Centre showcasing the stories and photography of people involved in a research project to tackle obesity and unemployment, and an online event discussing the myths, misconceptions and lived experiences of long-COVID.
There will also be the chance to find out more about cold water immersion and how to stay safe, and an evening of curated performances and music at the Black Cherry Theatre Café exploring the cultural impact of ska and the Two-Tone movement.
Events aimed at a youth audience will discuss the impact of consumerism on people and our planet, and how to stay safe online.
Amanda Edwards, Impact Manager at Bournemouth University, said: “We’re looking forward to showcasing BU’s social science research through workshops, exhibitions, and interactive activities.
“The ESRC Festival of Social Science is a great opportunity to explore some of the issues that affect our lives and society and have fun learning something new.”
The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual celebration of the social sciences, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Stian Westlake, ESRC Executive Chair, said: "The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a unique insight into UK social science research and its relevance to individuals, society and the economy.
“There are hundreds of free events taking place across the UK and online, including at Bournemouth University. We hope you enjoy the events and finding out more about social scientists’ work."
For more information, and to book onto the events, visit the ESRC Festival webpage.