The Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science 

This year the festival runs from 2 - 9 November

Saturday 2 November

Outlander Fandoms


Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GW


Stephanie Garrison, University of Aberdeen


Join Stephanie Garrison for an exploration of Scottish identity and a journey through the world of Outlander, the award-winning historical drama. Explore what it means to be a fan and learn about the production of this programme.
No booking required.

Tuesday 5 November

The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s: Health, Wealth and Happiness

18.30 -19.30

Suttie Centre Lecture Theatre, Ashgrove Road West, AB25 2ZD


Marjorie Johnston, University of Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study has followed 12,000 people who were born in Aberdeen in the 1950s. This unique study has collected information from childhood (for example school tests) through to adulthood (for example questionnaires about health). Researchers from around the world have used the study to investigate vital questions about what life experiences and circumstances do to our health, wealth and happiness. Marjorie Johnston, together with Krzys Adamczyk and members of the research team, will provide you with an overview of what this important study has taught us so far
No booking required.


Wednesday 6 November


Chilean Craftivism Workshop


Craig Suite, Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, AB24 3UE

Patience Schell, University of Aberdeen

Coinciding with the exhibition of student-‘arpilleras’, Sewing Resistance, we are holding an arpillera workshop. Learn how to make the distinctive colourful dolls for these Chilean protest patchworks. No sewing skills needed and all ages welcome!

Lost & Found Home


Aberdeen Central Library, AB25 1GW

Simone Haarbosch, University of Aberdeen

A comparative biography study of Scottish migrants living in the Netherlands and Dutch migrants living in Scotland. Join Simone Haarbosch to explore ideas of home and learn how immigrants position themselves in their new environment and who they identify with. In this talk Simone will present the results of her latest research into migrant stories and how they begin to feel part of their new community.

No booking required.


Thursday 7 November


Polish Migrants and the Health System


Aberdeen Science Centre, 107 George Street, AB25 1HU


Robert Nartowski, University of Aberdeen


This interactive talk with Robert Nartowski will explore the different health care experiences of Poles living in different countries. Drawing on research conducted in London, Paris and Berlin this engaging talk and film presentation will draw the audience into the world of ethnic minority research.

No booking required.


Listening to Birds


Craig Suite, Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, AB24 3UE


Andrew Whitehouse, University of Aberdeen


Coinciding with the exhibition ‘Walking with Birds’, this talk will explore the fascinating relationships between humans and birds and the role that sound plays in this. Andrew Whitehouse discusses his recent research project ‘Listening to Birds’ and the ways that bird sounds become associated with place, time and season.

No booking required.


Friday 8 November


Sci-Screen: special showing of Soylent Green

Screen opens at 8.00pm

Belmont Filmhouse, Belmont Street, AB10 1JS


Join us for a special showing of this sci-fi mystery starring Charlton Heston. Our researchers, Alex Johnstone and Jennie Macdiarmid, will talk about how the themes touched on by this classic dystopian film - food production, industry and environmental collapse - are more relevant today than they ever have been. Learn about the latest research into food production, its relationship to the environment and how we might feed our population today and in the future.

Tickets are free but please book on or telephone 01224 343 500


Saturday 9 November 


Out of the Frying Pan: Scotland, Food and the Future


Carmelite Hotel, Stirling Street, AB11 6JU


Learn about healthy food, how it is produced, the role of food banks and food poverty in Scotland. Discover how awareness about food is being promoted in schools. There will be talks, quizzes, a chance to meet researchers, with comedy and displays from five research teams giving you a chance to sample their work. Don’t miss this chance to explore one of the most important topics of the day: food, health and the environment. Drop in throughout the day to learn more.

No booking required.


Kinetic Reading Workshop: Dancing Through Language Learning. The use of dance in ESOL classroom.


MacRobert Building, Room MR55 (ground floor), 581 King Street, AB24 5UD


Workshop leader: Zoë Leigh Gadd, Dance Ahead. Organisers: Dobrochna Futro, University of Glasgow; Marta Nitecka Barche, University of Aberdeen; Supported by Bilingualism Matters, University of Edinburgh.

With increased movement of people, migration, globalisation and diversification of societies, language learning becomes a necessity for an increasing number of adults. This workshop will explore the potential of dance for language learning. During the workshop, participants will be led through a variety of contemporary dance techniques, textual analyses of poetry in relation to choreographic approaches in both English and other languages spoken in Scotland (including indigenous and community languages) and initial responses to choreographic devices. Together we aim to investigate the views of language learners on the role and potential of dance and poetry performance in language learning.

Workshop is open to adult ESOL learners.

Participation is free but booking is required. Booking on, search kinetic reading.