NEWS19 October 2020

Free online events on socioeconomic themes of 2020

From thriving in lockdown to parenting in a pandemic: social scientists explore themes at the forefront of 2020 in free online events

Experts from the University of Surrey will be holding online events to explore a range of themes that are at the forefront of the local and national agenda and businesses at Surrey Research Park are invited to join.

From 7 – 15 November, Surrey will take part in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science and host free events on subject matters such as how the hospitality sector can adapt post COVID-19, making sense of Brexit, and the best way for families to communicate effectively about young people’s digital lives.

The ESRC Festival of Social Science enables social scientists to engage with members of the public, young people, businesses and policymakers. The week-long programme of events will offer thought-provoking insight into some of the UK’s leading social science research and how it effects our social, economic and political lives.
Tickets for all the events are free and can be booked through Eventbrite. The University’s events include:

• AI for Democracy (10 November)
Hack Hospitality: Digital solutions for post-COVID-19 recovery (11 November)
Thriving in lockdown: 5 ways to celebrate staying at home (11 November)
Making Sense of Brexit: A roundtable to answer your questions (11 November)
How Language Shapes Thought: Categorisation in the South Pacific (11 November)
Communicating effectively in families about young people’s digital lives (12 November)
Exploring the experiences of older people during Covid-19 lockdown (12 November)
Engaging with Local Stakeholders – Surrey’s Post-Covid Recovery Report (12 November)
Becoming a parent in a pandemic (13 November)

Dr Tamsin Woodward-Smith, Manager of the University of Surrey’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, said: “Events impacting our world, such as coronavirus and Brexit, reveal how social science is crucial to understanding what shapes our society. Our programme of events will not only highlight the University of Surrey’s contribution to some of the complex social questions of our time, but also illuminate how social sciences are the key to the future health of our lives and our communities.”

The University of Surrey is one of 26 research organisations across the UK that was awarded funding in 2019 from the ESRC for an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), receiving £900,000 to spend on generating more ambitious and valuable impacts from its portfolio of prestigious social science research.

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