This year’s Festival of Social Science runs from 2-9 November - and the University of Leicester is running a series of events in and around the city. 

The 17th annual Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

At this year’s Festival, University of Leicester events, lectures, seminars and guided walks will cover a wide range of hot topics including healthcare, rehabilitating offenders, religiously-motivated hate crime, climate change, architecture, disability and inequality, responding to childhood trauma prescribing cannabis, rural living, museum activism, feminism and activism, and the positive social benefits of boxing.

At the events, you’ll discover how social science shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. 

All bookable events are free to attend but you need to register in advance to reserve you place by clicking on the links below.

For more information and the latest updates on the Festival, contact or follow us on Twitter at @LeicesterSocSci

Public events

Most of our events are free and open to everyone, but make sure to book your place.

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Invitation-only events

A few of our events are for specified groups of people.

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Events by theme

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