Welcome to LSE Research Festival which is now entering its fifth successful year. Having grown from a student led poster competition in 2010 to a multi-event celebration of social science research, the festival has become a key feature of the LSE calendar. Now under the auspices of the School's Institute of Public Affairs, LSE Research Festival 2015 promises to be a major public engagement and knowledge exchange event. The centrepiece exhibition remains - see more below on our call for submissions - and the series of events around it will offer exciting opportunities for researchers and the wider public to discuss and debate social science research.
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Julia Black and Conor Gearty launch LSE Research Festival 2015
The launch event for LSE Research Festival 2015 saw the Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, Professor Conor Gearty, give Professor Julia Black, LSE Pro-Director for Research, one of his trademark grillings, discussing why research in the social sciences is so important. See excerpts from the grilling and other footage from the launch event in the film below.
The full interview can be seen at the LSE Research Festival launch event interview page.
Submissions to LSE Research Festival Exhibition 2015 now open!
At the centre of the 2015 festival will be the LSE Research Festival Exhibition. The exhibition will afford those engaged in research in the social sciences an opportunity to convey their work through a range of media - films, posters and photographs - enabling dialogue with visitors to be opened up.
Researchers at all levels are invited to make submissions in any or all categories, subject to a maximum of one film, one poster and three photographs. Submission is accepted from individuals or groups, and prizes will be awarded for 'best in show' in each of the three categories, as well as a prize for 'best group entry'. To submit to the festival please find further information and online submission forms at the following pages:
Exhibition submissions: Film
Exhibition submissions: Photography
Exhibition submissions: Poster
We also welcome submissions from a range of external institutions, including LSE's partners in the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre - see our External submissions to LSE Research Festival Exhibition 2015 page.
Research Festival Workshops and Toolkit
Our LSE Research Festival Workshops offer you a great opportunity to benefit from the experience and insight of practising experts who will be able to provide hands on advice conveying your research through visual media.
Further help is also available through our LSE Research Festival Toolkit - a collection of resources provided by communications experts from University of the Arts, London.
To view winning posters, photographs and films from the 2013 and 2014 exhibitions see our LSE Research Festival: previous exhibition winners page.
For a taster of last year's LSE Research Festival Exhibition, see the short film below, recorded at the event.