Thinking Futures

Thinking Futures 2016

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Thinking Futures 2016

Share your experiences of the Thinking Futures festival by following @uobfutures and use the hashtag #esrcfestival on Twitter.

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Thinking Futures 2016

Thinking Futures is part of the Economic and Social Research Council's national Festival of Social Science.

Thinking Futures 2016

Following four years of successful festivals, we are pleased to announce that the fifth Thinking Futures will take place on the 5-12 November 2016.

Thinking Futures is the University's festival to share and celebrate research in the social sciences. With a wide variety of events for the general public, schools, policy-makers and third sector organisations, it provides an opportunity to see how the social sciences inform key debates and advances in policy and practice for governments, education, charities, health services, legal systems, and public services around the globe. It is part of the national ESRC's Festival of Social Sciences.

Express an interest in holding an event at the 2016 festival.

This year, we particularly welcome expressions of interest from academics who wish to create events that generate outcomes beyond the initial activity.

If you are interested in holding an event, please read the TF 2016 Guidance for Academics (Office document, 441kB) and fill in an expression of interest form (TF 2016 Expressions of Interest (Office document, 441kB). We invite expressions of interest from researchers at all stages. For all enquiries please contact Kat Wall in the Public Engagement team (, 0117 3317016)

Find out more

Festival programme

Details of previous events

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Share your experiences of the Thinking Futures festival by following @uobfutures.

Part of the ESRC's national Festival of Social Science #esrcfestival.

You can catch up on all the events via our Storify or listen to two of the recorded events on SoundCloud.