About

Thinking Futures is a week-long Festival to share and celebrate research from the University of Bristol's Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. The programme comprises a wide variety of events for the general public, schools, policy-makers and third sector organisations, held in Bristol and beyond.

Engage with our researchers and 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.

Highlights from last year’s Festival

• 659 people attended 14 unique events

• 97% of attendees rated the events as interesting, 91% enjoyable, 84% educational with 91% overall satisfaction

• On average across the Festival, 50% of attendees were from the general public, 30% attended in a professional capacity and 20% were students

• 25% of attendees had never been to a University event before, which shows we reached new audiences

• 65% said the event had increased their knowledge of the University, social science and the research topic

• 84% would attend another University of Bristol event in the future

Feedback from attendees

“A free, academic event open to the general public - great for lifelong learning to be so valued.”

“I liked the ideas that were discussed and the willingness of the panel to engage with the audience, not being afraid to answer some of the more difficult questions.”

“I liked that it was not only relevant to Bristol and the South West, but also to the wider country and to issues of world-wide concern. So it ticked so many boxes. Very thought-provoking.”

This festival is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, as part of their national Festival of Social Science.