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ESRC Research Methods Festival 2018 – Booking now open!

3rd July 2018 - 5th July 2018

2018 will be the eighth biennial Festival, and previous events were highly successful in attracting around 800 social science researchers at various stages of their careers, from across a range of disciplines and sectors.

The Festival will be held 3-5th July, 2018 at the University of Bath.


This is the provisional programme, it includes 58 methodological sessions consisting of over 200 individual presentations, activities and lively discussions.


Confirmed keynote speakers include: Professor Danny Dorling (Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford), Professor Donna Mertens (Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet University, Washington D.C.) and Professor Nancy Cartwright (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham and the University of California).

Presentations at previous Research Methods Festivals have been by invitation only. For the first time in its history RMF18 will also include sessions proposed via Methodological Innovation Strand call for proposals.


Book your place

The Festival booking is now open!

Student early-bird (closes Friday 20th April) – day attendance £45

Student discounted full attendance early-bird (closes Friday 20th April) – £175 (includes 3 days attendance + Tue&Wed accommodation)

Student last minute – day attendance £65


Standard early-bird (closes Friday 20th April) – day attendance £65

Standard discounted full attendance early-bird (closes Friday 20th April) – £235 (includes 3 days attendance + Tue&Wed accommodation)

Standard last minute – day attendance £85


Accommodation – £45/day

Dinner – £25/day

Bath tours – £10/tour (including coach to and from town centre), Tuesday tour theme: ‘Authors, Artists and Actors’; Wednesday tour theme: ‘The Great, Good and Not So Good’


Student poster competition

Research students attending the Festival are encouraged to exhibit a poster about their research. Find out more here.


Sponsors and exhibitors

ESRC Economic and Social Research Council 

BERA British Educational Research Association
Bloomsbury Publishing




Policy Press/Bristol University Press
RSS Royal Statistical Society

SAGE Publishing

SRA Social Research Association


If you are an organisation interested in sponsoring the Festival please see our sponsorship opportunities here.



3rd July 2018
5th July 2018
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