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2016 festival

We were delighted to host the first Cardiff Festival of Social Science in November 2016, which showcased the strength and breadth of social science research here at Cardiff University.

We held fourteen events over the festival week, which attracted an estimated 450 attendees.

Almost 60% of the events were open to the general public, with the remainder being aimed at specific audiences, e.g. school students, individuals working in the third sector. Events were held in locations as diverse as Cardiff Story Museum, the Trinity Centre and Chapter Arts Centre.

Our dedicated researchers worked incredibly hard in the lead-up to the Festival, in many cases working collaboratively with staff and volunteers at partner organisations, to ensure that their events were well prepared and as interesting and informative as possible for their intended audiences.

Feedback captured at the events was overwhelmingly positive.  Words such as ‘informative’, ‘inspirational’, ‘excellent’ cropped up numerous times. Participants also took the time to explain more specifically why they had found events so positive. It was heartening to see that events not only provided participants with valuable insights into current research thinking but in some cases provided enjoyment and entertainment, as well as comfort and support.

We are hoping to build on the success of the 2016 events and are looking forward to the 2017 festival, where we hope to engage with a greater number of people in different parts of the local community, through a diverse range of informative and entertaining events.

Research and Innovation Services

Rachel Baker