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ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021

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The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers 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.

This year the festival will be held throughout the month of November across the UK via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Bournemouth University is holding ten events this year, spanning a variety of fascinating topics. There'll be a mixture of online events and in-person events held around Dorset.

Events and activities from Bournemouth University

Digital exclusion and inclusion in health and social care

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Wednesday, 3 November
Online

This half-day workshop will bring together people working in health, social care and community services to discuss and explore the impact of digital exclusion on the public’s access to services and support. It will focus particularly on the context of West Dorset but with lessons and discussions relevant across the country

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How can faith-based organisations address climate change?

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Saturday, 6 November
LOVECHURCH @ St Swithun's Bournemouth

Join us to hear different perspectives from faith-based organisations on how faith, religion and organisations might view and address climate change, as well as from researchers working on solutions.

Faith and climate change awareness are both important factors in how many people think and live. However, despite some efforts from faith-based organisations (FBO) such as Christian Aid, Tearfund, there is more that could be done to tackle climate change from a faith perspective.

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The science of suicide – addressing myths and misconceptions

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Saturday, 13 November
Bournemouth Gateway Building, Bournemouth University

In this talk, Dr Moseley will explore common myths and misunderstandings about suicide, and what contemporary psychological theories about suicide can tell us about why and how people end their own lives.

Through scientific research, we’ll explore themes of loneliness and social connectedness, as well as what research tells us about groups who are especially at risk, such as autistic people. We’ll also consider what we can do, including the language we use, to support people at risk of suicide.

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Connecting with nature: for wellbeing, sustainability and the environment 

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Monday, 15 November & Wednesday, 17 November
Online

Connecting with nature can have benefits not only for our own wellbeing, but for the environment too. Join BU researchers and local nature organisations for a selection of talks over two days, to learn more about forest bathing, volunteering for nature, sustainable living and other ways to engage with and protect the natural environment.

We’ll also discover what social science research tells us about the sustainable choices people make throughout their life. Set against the backdrop of COP26, this event will explore how the choices we make could address the climate and ecological crises, and how Bournemouth University targets and supports these.

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Spot the Greenwashers

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Monday, 15 November
Online

How can we tell when companies are lying to us about how environmentally friendly they are? Learn the tricks of the trade from our workshop.

But we won't just deconstruct media techniques, we'll also learn how to construct better communication. Using innovative techniques such as storytelling, text adventures and choice-based games, we'll learn how play can help you break through the noise to tell evidence-based stories that inform and inspire.

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Demystifying 'mental capacity' – what you should know

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Tuesday, 16 November
Online

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is relevant to everyone working with individuals aged 16 or over who have difficulty in making informed decisions. However, many are unsure of how it is used in practice, for example in making ‘best interest’ decisions, or in relation to end of life care and Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment.

This online event will provide an opportunity for members of the public (including experts by experience) and health and social care practitioners to learn from one another about how to best support vulnerable members of society who lack capacity.

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Collaboration for better outcomes in criminal justice

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Thursday, 18 November
Online

Many of the people who offend most frequently are also some of the most vulnerable, who need support from a number of different local agencies. There is huge potential for these criminal justice, health and social care services to work together for better outcomes across the board.

Join us to learn about how integrating these services is done around the world, including Nordic models, and how BU research is improving collaboration between correctional and mental health services.

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Nursing in times of crisis: Covid-19 & WW2

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Wednesday, 24 November
Bournemouth Gateway Building, Bournemouth University

This event will look at nursing during Covid-19 and during another period of crisis in which nurses played a key role – World War II.

We’ll explore personal stories of nursing during WW2 and from Bournemouth University’s own student nurses who worked during the pandemic, as well as considering what objects and uniforms from these different eras can tell us.

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The face under the mask: what Covid-19 has taught us about face perception

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Thursday, 25 November
Online

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed a great deal about how humans communicate and interact with each other, part of which is the wearing of face masks. But faces are our most important social clues and provide a great amount of information, so what happens when they are partially covered? We’ll discover how masks affect how we perceive faces, but also what this effect can tell us about how face perception works.

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