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Pioneering social research events invite public participation

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is hosting three interactive events at this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, giving members of the public a chance to participate in and contribute to studies at the forefront of social science.

Experts from UEA’s Faculty of Social Science will provide insight to a range of topics which affect everyday lives, including the psychological development of children, lessons learned from cultural diversity in Norfolk and the impact of international migration in the local area.

The first event, ‘Lessons of Diversity in Norfolk’, on 4 November from 12 noon to 5.30pm at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, combines a museum exhibition, workshops and dance performance to showcase everyday interactions and relationships between migrant and non-migrant communities. Adults and children are invited to participate and explore the effects of migration to the UK and how to foster inclusiveness and integration on both a small and large scale.

The second event, ‘International Migration: Experts and Experience’, on 6 November at UEA, will create a dialogue between communities and social scientists to hear first-hand how international migration has affected people’s lives in the local area. Researchers from across disciplines at UEA, migrant support groups and local authorities will also be sharing their own experiences and thoughts from 6pm, in the UEA Enterprise Centre - TEC lecture theatre.

Finally, ‘Developing minds: child scientist day at UEA’, on 11 November at UEA, will provide an interactive experience for attendees to get inside the minds of children. Hosted in the university’s state-of-the-art psychology facilities, live demonstrations will shed light on how newborns see the world, children learn language, recognise people and learn right from wrong. There is also the opportunity to listen to staff and students about the specific research carried out in the department.

Prof Jacqueline Collier, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, said: “We are excited to be hosting three UEA events as part of this year’s ESRC festival, and to be able to invite participation from people in the local area. These are fascinating topics and we look forward to the contributions of guests, lecturers and the public.”

The ESRC Festival of Social Sciences takes place 4 – 11 November, with over 300 free events across the UK. The festival, now in its fifteenth year, is designed to promote awareness of social science research by enabling scientists to engage with the public through debates, talks, workshops, seminars, film screenings, theatre, exhibitions and much more. The festival is a unique opportunity for people to meet with some of the country’s leading social scientists and to discover more about the role research plays in their everyday life.

All three UEA events are free to attend and open to the public. Full details can be found at www.esrc.ac.uk