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Open innovation: Sharing Social Science around Coventry

ESRC Festival of Social Science

1st November 2014

10:00 – 16:00

The Herbert Museum, Coventry, CV1 5QP

This one-off poster exhibition offers social science doctoral students the chance to communicate their research to a public audience. Taking place as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, this exhibition aims to make the innovative research that is going on around Warwick and Coventry accessible and engaging to the wider public.

Doctoral students are invited to submit posters on any aspect of their research, with a particular emphasis on the connections between social science research and social issues that are relevant to the local community. We encourage students at all stages of the research process to apply.

Why take part?

It will be an opportunity for you to:

  • Increase the exposure of your research topic and results
  • Communicate your research results to a public audience
  • Generate interest in your research among local businesses and organisations
  • Develop and demonstrate skills in public engagement and communicating your research to non-specialist audiences
  • Make contacts with local organisations for impactful research
  • There will be also two £50 prizes on offer for the best research posters as voted for by audience members, and £50 voucher prize draw for those audience members who vote!

Invited guests will include local professionals, small business owners, representatives from local government, and service providers, who will be coming along to find out more about social science research and make connections with those behind it.

There will be help available to students with research poster design: students of both University of Warwick and Coventry University are also invited to take advantage of a specialist workshop that is being hosted by Warwick Student Careers and Skills to help entrants prepare for this exhibition, How to make an effective research poster, which will run from 14:00 – 16:00 on 23rd September 2014 on the University of Warwick campus. Please indicate whether you would like to register for this when you submit your poster title.

The University of Warwick offers a shorter online course to its students at:

How do I apply?

To take part you will need to be available for at least one session on Saturday the 1st November 2014, either from 10:00 – 12:00, 12:00 – 14:00, or 14:00 – 16:00, to discuss your poster with visitors at the exhibition. You also need to be a currently registered doctoral student at the University of Warwick or the University of Coventry.

By noon 12th September 2014:

  • Please submit your poster title to Deborah at:
  • Confirm that you will be available to attend an allocated two hour session on 1st November 2014
  • Indicate whether or not you will be attending the workshop on how to make an effective research poster from 14:00 – 16:00 on 23rd September 2014

By noon on the 10th October 2014:

  • Once you have been notified that your title has been accepted, you will be committed to submit a finished and printed A1 poster by 10th October 2014
  • Full details of formatting and submission requirements will be provided to entrants with successful poster title submissions

Students will be responsible for printing their posters but it is advised that you contact your department as they may be able to help you with printing or costs. Warwick Print offers services for A1 poster printing.

If your research has particular market value or sensitivity you may wish to consider your intellectual property rights arrangements before submitting a poster. All entrants are encouraged to consult with their supervisors before submitting their final posters.

If you have any questions, special requirements, or have suggestions for special guests that you would like to be invited to attend the exhibition, please contact Deborah at

For more information about the ESRC Festival of Social Science, visit:

You can view the full festival programme at: