Aberdeen hosts first Scottish roadshow to highlight the important role played by social sciences

The University of Aberdeen will host a Scottish roadshow to highlight the strategic contribution made by the social sciences to government, the media and the public on Wednesday (May 25).

Sponsored by the Academy of Social Sciences, the event forms part of a UK-wide campaign which aims to try and secure extra funding for the field.

The Campaign for Social Science was launched in January at an event featuring speeches by universities and science minister David Willetts and major figures in the social sciences.

The roadshow has already visited a number of English universities including Newcastle and Sheffield but this is the first time it has come to Scotland.

The event will be introduced by Professor Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, and will be hosted by the University’s Professor John Brewer, who is also President of the British Sociological Association.

Speakers include Professor Sir Howard Newby, President of the Academy of Social Sciences and Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Professor Tony Crook, Chair of the Campaign for Social Science Board and Chair of Shelter, the national homeless charity and Stephen Anderson, Executive Director of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Brewer said: “The City of Aberdeen and the University is privileged to be host to the Scottish roadshow in support of the Campaign for Social Science organised by the Academy of Social Science.

“This is an opportunity to host a nation-wide campaign and to demonstrate the quality and enthusiasm for social scientific knowledge in Aberdeen and Scotland generally.

“We hope it will give public recognition to the social sciences and help to ensure that future generations in Scotland can have access to social science knowledge and education.”

The roadshow will take place on Wednesday (May 25) from 12.30-2pm in Room MR051 of the MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen.

Members of the public wishing to attend should contact Elaine Brown at elaine.brown@abdn.ac.uk to reserve a place.