ESRC Festival of Social Science 2018 Celebration
  • Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building

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Some might ask: ‘What is social science, and what does it do for us?’ 

This event will open up and celebrate the diverse range of social sciences research being carried out at the University, and will showcase some of the ways this research is changing the way things are done, whether in healthcare, in the workplace, through changes to public policy or through changing what we know about our city and local surroundings.

Through an interactive marketplace format, the public, businesses and organisations, will have the opportunity to explore a range of research taking place at the University. Our researchers will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions.

Proceedings will be launched by Professor Jerry Roberts, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Enterprise, providing an overview of social sciences at the University. 

You will then have the opportunity to enjoy canapés, good company and displays of past and present events.

This event is open to all. Please register your attendance via the above link.

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Biography: Professor Jerry Roberts

Jerry is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise at the University of Plymouth. Prior to this appointment, in February 2017, he was at the University of Nottingham where he was Director of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership and of the University of Nottingham’s BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Jerry’s primary research interests are focused on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for regulating cell separation processes in plants. He has published in excess of 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals and his work has led to the application and granting of a number of patents.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

(extract from the ESRC* website)

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.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. 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. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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