Festival of Social Science: COP26 Universities LIVE, Climate Change Conspiracies and Covid, and Pirates and Exploding Man!

Categories: University Campus

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, the University of Salford is hosting a programme of virtual and in-person events throughout November to celebrate all things social sciences.

Running from 1 – 30 November, the festival offers something for everyone, covering topics such as the environment, sustainability, law, psychology, wellbeing and health. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the free Festival of Social Science! The full programme of events can be viewed on the festival website and a selection of highlights can be found below.


  • COP26 Universities LIVE

Monday 8 November, 5.00pm – 6.00pm. This event is taking place online.

Tune in to a one hour live stream focused on ‘This Week at COP26’ where the speakers will be reacting to the Presidency programme, bringing in their own social scientific research insights to the discussions of the day and including reactions to press responses. It will be similar to the ‘newspaper review’ on BBC News 24, but with a unique social scientist’s take on the proceedings. Sessions will be streamed live on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.


  • Climate Change Conspiracies and Covid

Saturday 13 November, 11.00am – 1.00pm. This event is taking place online.

The growth of online conspiracy theory movements denying climate change and Covid represent an existential threat to our planet. How can we counter this vast online extremist cult network? This workshop examines the rabbit hole, prevention approaches and how to rescue people from it. Attending will help counter these toxic ideas and provide tips for those dealing with loved ones caught up in conspiracy theories.


  • Pirates and Exploding Man! A Hazard Signs Interactive Intervention

Tuesday 23 November, 10.00am to 12 noon, online and in-person, venue TBC.

Accidental poisoning in young children is a major problem globally. Unfamiliar symbols are interpreted according to what is familiar; often wrongly. Children show a more imaginative and credulous approach. Primary school children are at intense risk of accidental poisoning and burn injury so this programme will check understanding of hazard signs, and then increase understanding and awareness in both children and adults in order to keep children safe. A version of this programme can be experienced in a fun, interactive way. WARNING: Adults perform no better than children in this activity!

This event will be supported by students from a Salford high school.

For a full programme of events please visit this website.

For all press office enquiries please email communications@salford.ac.uk.