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2021 Research Methods e-Festival

Innovation, adaptation and evolution of the social sciences


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).


Register for the e-festival

The e-festival is now sold out and registration has closed.

Access to the online event platform, Whova, is available to attendees after registration. Attendees should allow up to 24 hours to receive notification on how to join the platform. Through Whova, attendees can network, join discussions and sign up for sessions before the e-festival begins on 25 October. Please note, pre-booking will be required for capacity-limited workshops and clinics.


Poster competition

A video poster competition will be run during the event and expressions of interest are now being accepted. The deadline for submitting final entries 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 three 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 charge for each course. Registration for any of these courses will include a free festival pass.

The three 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.

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