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Welcome to the Festival

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Professor Claire Gorrara against a red background

An introduction to the festival from Professor Claire Gorrara.

A warm welcome to everyone who will be joining us for Cardiff University’s Festival of Social Sciences 2021.

Our theme this year supports the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 to be held in Glasgow, UK, with some of our events having an environmental focus.

Our Festival of Social Sciences is aimed at engaging all communities and publics in our research. To do so, we are hosting a mix of online and in-person events. All our events will showcase social sciences research and will seek to increase awareness of the contributions the social sciences make to the well-being, economy and cultures of the UK society. This year the Festival is running for the whole of the month of November so that as many people can engage with us as possible.

We will be hosting 9 events and they span the rich range of our research and public engagement: from events on heating homes and working together towards the goal of net zero to events on local community food systems, ‘reuse and repair’ projects, and supporting local sustainability and a circular economy.

All our events engage researchers and broader communities in making a difference; in thinking and acting as advocates for change – above all climate change – and setting agendas. It has never been more important than now to mobilise our research for the betterment of our local and global communities. I wish you all a super Festival

Best wishes,

Claire Gorrara