On Saturday 28 February  LSE Research Festival 2015 officially closed the submissions deadline for its public exhibition after a record number of researchers applied to showcase their work at the event. We would like to thank everyone who took part in this process by contributing high quality posters, photographs, and short films. If you missed the submissions deadline however, do not worry! There are still lots of ways you can get involved with our wider events programme.


Submit a research proposal to Strictly Come Researching

LSE Research Festival and the Institute of Public Affairs have launched a brand new competition for PhD students and early career researchers. If you are currently undertaking a PhD at LSE, or are within five years of completing your PhD, and want to make your research available to a wider audience, then this could be the opportunity for you. The competition aims to unlock the unharnessed public engagement potential in research across the school, encouraging researchers to think about the wider impact of their work. Prizes include a £3000 grant to write up your research into a pamphlet in the IPA series and the chance to host a lunch time seminar with relevant colleagues from across the school. Although this competition may not require entrants to be as graceful as its TV namesake, the judges are just as imposing: Professor Conor Gearty will also interview the winners at a live event in his trademark interview style. You can find out more information on the Strictly Come Researching page of our website.


Take part in our ‘Social Science Soapbox’ public engagement event

LSE Research Festival has also teamed up with LSESU to give PhD researchers another exciting public engagement opportunity. Have you ever wanted to discuss your work with a wider audience? Would you like the opportunity to communicate your research in new ways and in new environments? Then sign up for our upcoming soapbox event. Participants will be given a free public engagement training session in which they will develop their communication skills and decide on a ‘big question’ which relates to their research, then debate that question with the public in one of LSE’s newest café bars on the 6th floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. Previous soapboxes have included questions such as ‘Who owns space?’ and ‘Could Twitter win someone the next election?’ If you think your work would interest an eager public then visit the Social Science Soapbox page of our website for more information.


Attend the LSE Research Festival Exhibition on 21 May!

If you haven’t submitted to the exhibition you can still keep the evening of 21 May free in your diaries! The festival exhibition offers a great opportunity to network with your fellow researchers and discuss the wide range of exhibits on show. Enjoy a drink whilst taking in innovative representations of social science research at LSE and beyond.


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