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ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022

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What is the ESRC Festival of Social Science?

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. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st-century society. 

We’ll be holding events for the public featuring discussions on how young people can build an entrepreneurial mindset and discover how play and gamification can reduce anxiety in children around medical appointments. 

Events and activities from Bournemouth University Research

Upcoming activities open for booking

Demystifying NFTs: Understanding the law and technology

Tuesday 8 November, 6:30pm

NFTs or non-fungible tokens have captured the public imagination over the past year. But what are they and what does it mean to ‘own’ one?

Join this online talk to learn more about this new frontier from experts on their underlying technology, the law of ownership and how they’re being used. You'll discover how a limited edition NFT collection was created and have the chance to win and own it.

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Medical monsters: reducing medical anxiety through play and gamification

Saturday 12 November, 10:00am
Bournemouth Gateway Building, Bournemouth

Join this playful event to explore children's anxieties when meeting health professionals and how gamification strategies can help to reduce anxiety around medical appointments and admissions. Featuring specially designed sessions of Jenga, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®  and virtual reality experiences. For children aged 7-11 and accompanying adults.

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Past activities this year

Which one of us is human?

Saturday 22 October, 10am
Bournemouth Library, Bournemouth

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. Discuss your tactics and explore the mystery behind the experience.

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How to become a young entrepreneur - a workshop

Tuesday 25 October, 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Old School House, Boscombe

A free workshop, open to young people aged 15-24 and accompanying adults. Whether you'd like to start your own business or not, you could benefit from entrepreneurial skills. This free workshop will teach entrepreneurial, career and business soft skills to help boost your employability. You could leave with the knowledge and confidence to start your own business!

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Supporting young entrepreneurs in the community

Wednesday 26 October, 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Old School House, Boscombe

An event for those working with young people in, for example, community and welfare organisations, charities, education (including teachers and college lecturers), business or policy for young people and education. Discover what a new project called SPEED-You-UP, designed to support young people in their career and potential entrepreneurship, could do for your work in developing young people and how you could help bring it to your community.

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Youth Entrepreneurship Skills - An Exhibition

Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 October, 10am - 2pm
The Old School House, Boscombe

Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, but entrepreneurial skills can not only help young people to start their own businesses, they can also help boost their employability. Join this event to find out how young people can build an entrepreneurial mindset.

This exhibition shares the experiences of young people and school staff who are involved in a project called SPEED-You-UP, tested around Europe. It’s all about the benefits these young people have experienced and the perspectives of the school staff who could see these benefits and reflect on the practicality of implementing the programme. Drop in at any time, no registration required, to learn more and see how it could be brought to help young people in Bournemouth.

Closed-group activities as part of the Festival of Social Science

Some activities are organised with partner organisations or particular groups and are not open for general registration.

Are drones the future of delivery?

If predictions about the future of deliveries are correct, we might start seeing a lot more drones in our skies. But how do you feel about this? How much do you actually know about drones and how they will be used? Join us to learn more and play a custom-designed board game, to explore how we’ll make decisions about drones in our future.

Don’t get scammed online

Being scammed online is often seen as a problem for older people, but young people can fall victim to scams too. This workshop helps young people think about their online experience and learn how to avoid being scammed.

Discover past ESRC Festivals of Social Science

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2020

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.