ESRC Festival of Social Science Northern Ireland 2022

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31 OCTOBER – 13 NOVEMBER 2022 #ESRCFestival NORTHERN IRELAND SCIENCE
SOCIAL FESTIVAL ESRC

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Hands-Off, Hands-On and Hands-In: Ethics and Leadership in Business

This interactive workshop draws on very current research undertaken in N. Ireland that focuses on the role of ethics in business and the impact and influence of effective leaders. Students will be invited to assume the role of leaders and to work through a live business case to explore where and how ethics and leadership might impact decisions.

Time: Thursday 10 November 9.30am-12noon

Venue: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast

My Marvellous Mind!

Prof Victoria Simms

In this workshop, we will invite children to our beautiful Coleraine Campus at Ulster University to learn about brain development, well-being and the importance of physical activity for good mental health through interactive workshops. Children will be able to participate in arts and crafts and mindfulness activities and take part in a Daily Mile walk or run on our trail paths.

Venue: Ulster University, Coleraine campus

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Ghosts of Ulster. A spooktacular experience in ghost belief

Have you a ghost story or had a spooky encounter? Join us for an evening of hairraising tales of ghostly goings-on around Ulster. Ulster University lecturers in Architecture, English, and Social History will share their knowledge and stories of ghosts and hauntings. We want to hear your stories of supernatural Ulster as well! Organised in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glen Heritage Trust.

Time: 7pm - 8.30pm

Venue: Portrush Town Hall, 1 Mark Street, Portrush, BT56 8DX

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

Taighde Úr ar Stair an Phobail

[New research on the history of the community]

Dr Síobhra Aiken

Join us for a showcase of new research by Queen’s undergraduate and postgraduate students that reflects on the social history of West Belfast. The showcase will be followed by an interactive workshop which will explore avenues for future research on the social history of the area and empower locals to undertake their own research in various local archives.

Time: 1pm - 4.30pm

Event: Glór na Móna, 4 Whiterock Close, Belfast. BT12 7RG

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

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TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Climate Crisis in Conversation: A Town Hall Meeting with the Youth of East Belfast GroundsWell Consortium

The aim of this Town Hall event is to provide a forum for open discussion with the youth of East Belfast about climate change and how it affects their local area. Discussion will cover the climate crisis, how it affects them (e.g., cost of living), how to achieve a greener future, and we will highlight local efforts including in urban green and blue spaces. Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Venue: The Skainos Centre, 241 Newtownards Road, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

Do Cryptocurrencies Have a Place in Belfast’s Future?

Professor Daniel Broby

With so much credibility behind Bitcoin and other emerging cryptocurrencies, how can Belfast benefit from digital currency for its future positioning as a globally connected city? In this session, Professor Broby will focus on who trades in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the mechanics and nature of digital money and encourage less speculation in the asset class. A live Bloomberg terminal will be used during the presentation to trade Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Time: 5.30pm - 7pm

Venue: Bloomberg Laboratory (BC-08-101), Ulster University, York Street, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

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The Hold of the Old Neighbourhood: A Walking Tour of Places That No Longer Exist

This event will take the form of an interactive walking tour of the central residential areas of Derry city. Participants will learn about the process of urban redevelopment that took place between the 1950s and 1970s, and how this impacted on the people who lived in streets and neighbourhoods now gone or rendered unrecognisable. Can a deep engagement with the stories of everyday life in the past help us build a more sustainable urban future?

Time: 2pm – 3.30pm

Venue: The walking tour will depart promptly from the Cenotaph (War Memorial) at the Diamond, in the centre of Derry

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

Wheesht! A Walking Sound Tour of Belfast Lindsay Shaw

Enjoy a relaxed dander and explore the sound environment of Belfast City Centre. Learn some basic principles of noise and how noisy environments affect our health and well-being. Participants will explore and reconnect with spaces and places and identify quiet areas from which communities and society can benefit. Such places can unexpectedly be found a short distance from some of the noisiest places in the city centre.

Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Venue: The walking tour will depart promptly from Ulster University, York Street, Belfast. Meet at the reception desk in the Birley Building.

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 8
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER

What’s missing?

A discussion on Parkinson’s research in Northern Ireland

Anna Carapellotti

What are the current challenges in Parkinson’s care and research in Northern Ireland?

Join us to discuss these challenges and hear about a dance research project that had a positive impact on those who took part. You can even take part in an interactive dance demonstration! The aim of our discussion is to develop ideas for a Research Interest Group and Support Network that will address key issues in Parkinson’s research and care in Northern Ireland.

Time: 4 November 1pm-4pm (in-person)

Venue: Ulster University School of Medicine, Derry. Room MB033

Time: 5 November 11am - 2pm (in-person)

Venue: Canada Room and Council Chamber, Queen’s University Lanyon Building

Time: 11 November 11am - 1pm (online)

Venue: Zoom

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

Brexit, Borders and Belfast: A Walking Tour for Young People

Dr Sara McDowell and Dr Suzanne Beech

This walk will focus on the impact of Brexit on our understanding of border issues and political identity in Belfast, particularly for young people living in the city. Stopping at Laganside, City Hall and a peaceline/interface, we will encourage participants to reflect on how Belfast is changing (if at all) for young people as Brexit unfolds.

Time: 10am – 2pm

Venue: Walking tour will depart promptly from Ulster University, York Street, Belfast. Meet at the reception desk in the Birley Building.

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

FRIDAY 4 SATURDAY 5 FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 9
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Environmental Mediations

of Voice, Speech, and Public Health

Dr Zeynep Bulut

Join us for a discussion on voice, music, speech, and public health. We will revisit various difficulties in speech and expression through the conceptions of environmental voice in music and discuss the implications and significance of considering speech difficulties as part of public health. The panel will feature researchers in music, music therapy, speech and language therapy, and public health. We will conclude the event with a brief participatory activity on voice and listening.

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm

Venue: The MAC, St Anne’s Square, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

The Future of Small Rural Primary Schools in Northern Ireland

Prof Carl Bagley and Dr Montserrat Fargas

Findings from the Small School Rural Community study will highlight the challenges facing small rural primary schools as well as the advantages in terms of their relationship with their communities. A panel, comprising key stakeholders from rural communities as well as education policymakers, will discuss the future of these schools and the findings of the study.

Time: 10am-12noon

Venue: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 10

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The Walking Studio: The Art of Urban Exploration

A walking tour of the Cathedral Quarter (Belfast’s Cultural District) with opportunities to explore art galleries, sites of urban art and to create portable artworks along the way. There will also be a chance to visit a gallery café as part of the walk. Participants are asked to bring along money for refreshments, a fully charged mobile phone and dress for changeable weather.

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Venue: The walking tour will depart promptly from Ulster University, York Street, Belfast. Meet at the reception desk in the Birley Building.

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER

Influences on contemporary arts and cultural industries management: Annual Showcase of student research from the MA in Arts Management

The 2022 Showcase from the MA in Arts Management combines highlights of the exciting new student research in arts and cultural industries management and cultural policy with insights and reflections by visiting contemporary researcher Dr Xin Gu of Monash University, Australia. The showcase is popular each year with anyone interested in, or working in the arts and cultural sector and is a great way for the public to hear about the research and thinking behind the exhibitions, events and performances we all enjoy.

Time: 1pm – 2.30pm

Event: The Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

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SATURDAY
NOVEMBER

Community Sustainability and the Cost of Living Crisis

With the cost of living rising and more people than ever forced to use food banks, why not join us for this panel discussion involving representatives from food banks, community fridges and community gardens as we discuss the different ways that communities can work together to combat the rising cost of living and reduce food waste.

Time: 7pm-9pm

Venue: Room PFC/02/018, Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen’s University Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

Hidden Barriers: A Tour of Belfast’s Secret Peace Lines

Dr David Coyles

This event takes an alternative bus tour through the city of Belfast visiting a range of divisive architectural installations put in place by a confidential government security committee during ‘The Troubles’. The tour travels to the north, east and west of Belfast to reveal first-hand the ways in which these seemingly benign structures act as hidden peace walls between Catholics and Protestants.

Time: 11am – 1pm

Venue: This bus tour will depart from, and return to, the Belfast Campus, Ulster University, York Street, Belfast. Meet at the reception desk in the Birley Building.

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

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WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER

The Belfast Good Friday Agreement: a catalyst of social transformation or a missed opportunity?

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 1998, we take stock of the achievements, missed opportunities and potential of the Agreement. Join the conversation as our experts from Ulster and QUB question what extent has it offered socially transformative change, what has impeded the promise of change and what role does civil society have in realising the ambitions of the Agreement?

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Venue: Rm BD-03-006, Ulster University, York Street, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

The Future is Fintech.

Explore the Fintech Industry in Northern Ireland

Dr Zhenxu Tong

This is an exciting opportunity to hear about the Fintech Industry and what it means for the economy in Northern Ireland. Fintech experts will discuss the success and challenges Fintech companies face, the outlook for future development and what career opportunities exist in this growing sector.

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Online

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

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WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER

Climate Change, the Courts and the Rights of Children and Future Generations

Professor Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham

Join us for this Public Lecture by guest speaker Prof Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham and the Human rights Law Centre Co-Director. Prof Nolan will discuss the role of courts in considering children’s rights and future generations in the context of the urgent global challenge presented by climate change.

Time: 6.30pm -7.30pm

Venue: Conor Lecture Theatre, Ulster University, York Street, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

Let’s get Neurofit! Adaptive Exercise for People with Physical Disabilities

People with physical disabilities are less physically active than the general population and have fewer opportunities to participate in exercise. This event will showcase the use of equipment and exercises so adults with physical disabilities can enjoy active recreation.

Time: 5pm – 7pm Venue: Equip Crossfit, Belfast, BT8 8ES

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

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THURSDAY, 10 NOVEMBER FRIDAY, 11 NOVEMBER

The Art of Identity: Generation Peace and European Identities

Dr Jocelyn Dautel and Dr Laura Taylor

Why not drop by and view our exhibition of children’s drawings from across Europe of where they live, Europe, and peace, and then have a go at contributing your own! Art supplies will be in plenty supply so you can create your own drawings to add to our display wall, while relaxing with a cuppa. Drop by for 10 minutes or stay for an hour! Suitable for all, but art activities are oriented toward families with children under 12.

Time: Saturday 12 November 11am-2pm

Venue: The Learning Zone, The Ulster Museum, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

SPACE in Time

Prof Ruth Hunter / Ms Anne McCusker / Dr Ione Avila-Palencia

The number of people living with dementia and cognitive impairment is increasing, mainly due to people living longer. The SPACE (Supportive Environments for Physical and Social Activity, Healthy Ageing and Cognitive Health) project wants to figure out how where we live affects dementia and brain health as we get older. Join us for a discussion and a chance to help put together our 2022 Time Capsule!

Time: 10am-2pm

Venue: The MAC, St Anne’s Square, Belfast

Pre-registration for this event is required via our Eventbrite page.

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SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER