Aspect Festival21 Webinars


4th July 2021

Aspect Festival21 celebrates members of the Aspect Community who over the last three years of Research England Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) funding have worked together to support innovation, entrepreneurship and research commercialisation in the social sciences.

17 June 2021

SHAP[E]ing Innovation

To open the festival we ask how SHAPE embraces the future in an ever-changing world, and discusses what is taking place right now that shows the positive impact of SHAPE in society.

Insight Session: Social sciences in Fintech, Legaltech, Healthtech and the Creative industries

During this session, BE CoP members join with Social Science academics from their institution to share challenges identified, lessons learned, and tips for engaging in the sectors.

Unconference: Business Engagement Sector Deep Dives

This interactive networking session reflects on the talks from the previous session, this unconference will gather a shortlist of topics that participants are keen to explore further in smaller discussion groups.

Coffee with Madeleine Kessler

We catch up with Madeleine about her work and the commission for the British Pavilion which engages with the current on-going debate around ownership and public space.

The insider’s view from the Aspect Student Accelerator Programme (ASAP)

This interactive session looks at how the social entrepreneurs of ASAP were able to get their first paying customer thanks to various resources offered during the programme (Mentorship, Bootcamps, Stipend, Alumni Support sessions etc).

Reset: Lunch-time performance by Helen Newby

Renowned for her ‘intimate balanced sound’ (The Washington Post), Helen Newby’s music hinges around the notion of collaboration, continually seeking to expand both the technical and expressive boundaries of her instruments in an embrace of today’s technologies.

Inter-Community Session: What is unique about social science ventures and how to best support them?

How do we give entrepreneurial ideas the tools and guidance they need to succeed? How do we stimulate the pipeline of entrepreneurial talent both at and coming out of universities, and how do we provide the best chances for success in not only levelling-up but scaling-up?

Place Session: Nurturing the Impact Power of Social Sciences and Humanities

A Journey Through (Parts of) Europe to examine good practices and approaches on knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, and impact management.

Place Session: The importance of people and place in social enterprise

Looking at how a new type of fellowship initiative developed by Cardiff Business School and the Welsh Co-Operative Centre can establish communities of entrepreneurs that work together to understand and tackle social challenges and create social enterprise ecosystems of measurable impact.

18 June 2021

Breakfast with ARC

In this session, we will learn more about their projects, what they’ve been up to, and how they feel social science commercialisation can move forward.

Insight Session: The state of research commercialisation across social sciences, arts and humanities

This session examines the big picture of social science research commercialisation and delves into both expectations and practical steps for the future.

Coffee with: Klaus Thymann and Renate Aller – Project Pressure

We catch up with Klaus and Renate Aller, one of the artists Project Pressure collaborates with. Focussing, primarily on portraiture and landscape, Renate is best known for expansive, poetic images that visually unite two ostensibly different environments—the ocean and the desert.

Workshop Session: Methods for Change + Do Not Adjust Your Stage

The session will focus on developing improv and comedy skills that we hope will lead to new professional and multidisciplinary understandings around communication and listening. Come laugh with us!

Reset: Lunch-time performance by the Self-Isolation Choir

Today, we hear an anniversary rendition of Messiah with a special introduction by Mark and Ben discussing how an entrepreneurial approach reinvigorated a traditional way of operating, and their ambitions to bring the social cohesion created by singing into universities world-wide.

Inter-Community Session: Structuring support services in a fast-moving world

This session draws on the insights gained over the last three years of Aspect funded projects to deconstruct what ’support’ means in our modern, fast-changing environment.

The Future of Social Science Commercialisation

This panel discussion considers how social science can be fully intertwined into society, and what is being done or needs doing in order for social science not to be viewed as something different but as something integral by all.

Event Closing Session

Opening of the new chapter in the Aspect journey with Julia Black.

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Should we spend more time talking about methods?

This blog by the Methods for Change team, illustrated by Jack Brougham, asks if we should spend more time talking about the methods we use as researchers. Drawing on a recent paper, we suggest that researchers need to articulate why methods matter in creating change to global challenges. We share three creative techniques that we have experimented with across the Methods for Change project that can encourage playful, reflective conversation about methods and their role in galvanising change.

Collaborative Zine Making Method

This ‘How-To’ Guide outlines the Collaborative Zine Making Method used by Professor Sarah Marie Hall from the University of Manchester and developed in collaboration with Inspire Women Oldham. The zine was also created in collaboration with Inspire Women Oldham.

Oral Histories of Sensory Memories

This ‘How-To’ Guide outlines the Oral Histories of Sensory Memories method used by Associate Professor Roisin Higgins from Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland. The poster was created in collaboration with Maddy Vian, Maddy Vian Illustrations.

Pop-up Stall Method

This ‘How-To’ Guide outlines the Pop-up Stall method used by Dr Robert Meckin and Dr Andrew Balmer from the University of Manchester. The poster was created in collaboration with Maddy Vian, Maddy Vian Illustrations.