The ESRC's Festival of Social Science is back again this year, online for the second time with a month full of virtual and in-person events from 36 universities across the UK
Services Make Hay Provided
Festival of Social Science 2021 home page
Individual event details
Event search and filter facility
Festival of Social Science mobile views
The Festival of Social Science is an annual event, hosted by the The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and a collaboration of UK universities. Last year, due to Covid restrictions, the festival took place exclusively online for the first time. We were delighted to be comissioned to design and build the original FoSS website in 2020 and the updated, bigger, better version in 2021.
In 2021 the festival is held both virtually and in person for the entire month of November, with over 300 individual events facilitiated by 36 UK universities. This much bigger undertaking than before was eased by our previous experience of managing and creating the online project the previous year, with a signifcant part of the process being in the planning and organisation of data. This resulted in a smooth process and the website being live in time for the launch date and with all administrators trained and supported.
The ESRC branding was incorporated with a fresh new design and layout and with illustrations created by our colleague Lydia at Thoughts Make Things.
The website utilises a sophisticated filtering system to ensure attendees can search for and book talks, workshops and performances on topics of interest, in various formats and suitable for different audiences, as well as other criteria. The topics include business and finance, environment, health, politics and technology and much, much more. Visitors interested in events hosted by specific partners or in a UK region can search that way too.
Website sections also inlcude details of the partner organisations involved and information about the festival itself.
The 2020 FoSS website is archived and still available to view online.
Training and written guidance on how to use the website was provided to all partner organisations and an ongoing support service is also in place. The website is hosted of course at our very own Green Hosting.