Research Methods e-Festival

Innovation, adaptation and evolution of the social sciences

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NCRM is delighted to bring you the 2021 Research Methods e-Festival in collaboration with methods@manchester. Held on 25-29 October 2021, the event will be a celebration of research methods with an interdisciplinary social science flavour.

There will be more than 80 sessions run over five days, with more than 130 speakers offering diverse perspectives on the festival’s theme: innovation, adaptation and evolution of the social sciences.

The e-festival will be 100 per cent web based and hosted on a dedicated interactive platform, where attendees can join sessions via live video streams, take part in community discussions and network with other guests.

Festival programme

The packed e-festival programme features sessions in eight different categories, including: workshops, expert clinics, panel discussions, “what is?” talks, keynote presentations, webinars and “in conversation” discussions.

View the full e-festival programme

Our keynote speakers are: Professor Trisha Greenhalgh (University of Oxford), Professor Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University), Dr Ash Watson (University of New South Wales) and Amos Toh (Human Rights Watch).

In addition to the main e-festival activities, a series of companion short courses will be held throughout the week (see below for further details).

Dementia Researcher & NCRM Methods Matter Podcast

As part of the festival Dementia Researcher will be launching a new podcast mini-series – Methods Matter!

Every day during the festival Dementia Researcher & NCRM will be releasing a new episode.

The Research Methods podcast is for people who don’t know much about methods… and those who do (or just for people who are now facing the challenge of writing up your methodology section, and trying to related that back to your study design).

In this first series Leah Fullegar brings together leading experts in research methodology with researchers that use them, providing a fun introduction to five different qualitive research methods in a place where there are no such things as dumb questions!

Watch this space for details!

Register for the e-festival

To register for the e-festival, attendees can purchase a festival pass for a flat fee of £10. This will give full access to all sessions held over the five days of the event (excluding short courses).

Click here to register for the e-festival

Access to the online event platform, Whova, will be possible from 1 October, enabling attendees to network and join discussions before the e-festival begins on 25 October. When the platform opens, a notification will be sent to participants with information on how to log in.

A limited number of free tickets for the e-festival are available. If you are interested, please apply here. The application deadline is 8 October.

Poster competition

A video poster competition will be run during the event and expressions of interest are now being accepted. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 7 October, while the video submission deadline is 15 October.

Read our call for expressions of interest

The best 10 submitted posters will be live streamed on the Wednesday of the e-festival (27 October) and participants will be invited to vote on their favourite. A prize of £100 in Amazon vouchers will be given to the most popular.

Short courses

A series of four short courses will run alongside the e-festival. Participants who would like to attend these events must register for their chosen course(s) using the links below. There is a separate for charge each course. Registration for any of these courses will include a free festival pass.

The four courses are:

Further information

If you would like further details on a specific topic that is not covered on this website, please email: claire.spencer@manchester.ac.uk.

You can also follow @NCRMUK@methodsMcr and #RMeF21 on Twitter, or receive updates by subscribing to the monthly NCRM newsletter.

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