Hope into Action

Social Sciences Impact Conference 2023

Colourful globe graphic. Hope into Action: Social Sciences Impact Conference 2023. Oxford Social Sciences & the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council, in collaboration with the O2RB Partnership: the Open Uni, Uni of Reading, and Oxford Brookes Uni.

Much has changed in the world since our first Social Sciences Impact Conference in 2018 with society facing unprecedented challenges. More than ever social scientists are playing a crucial role in making sense of the world around us and offering hope for the future.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything and taught us important lessons about the need for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation to deliver impact, the need for robust evidence to inform the public and policymakers, and the role of technology in opening up engagement, enabling access to new audiences.

The ‘Hope into Action’ conference seeks to delve deep into some of these issues and to hear from a diverse range of voices – both academic and from other sectors. What have we learned so far? What does it take to deliver impact in different and challenging contexts? How do we scale and sustain impacts? How do we deliver impact responsibly and inclusively?

About the conference

This two-day conference will examine these questions and more. It will celebrate engaged and impactful research in the social sciences, and provide inspiration and support for researchers hoping to create change for the better through their work.

The conference is aimed at researchers (including DPhil/PhD students, research staff and academics) and professional colleagues, as well as external stakeholders including collaborative partners, intermediaries and funders. The programme will comprise a mixture of invited speakers, contributors from the host institutions and other UK universities and a range of non-academic stakeholders.

We are delighted to be able to hold the conference in person, with some sessions also available via livestream or recording. The sessions will be free to attend for contributors and colleagues from the partner universities, with limited paid tickets for wider participants.

Register to attend

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Registration closes on 28 February.

Researchers, staff and doctoral students at O²RB Partner universities (University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, University of Reading and The Open University) can register for free using their institutional email address. This discount is not applicable to the optional Monday night dinner. For other delegates, a subsidised ticket price of £45 for one day or £75 for both days will be applied at registration. You will need a credit card in order to make payment.

If you need any assistance with the registration process please contact impact@socsci.ox.ac.uk.

The Hope into Action Conference is hosted by the University of Oxford Social Sciences Division, together with our partner universities: The Open University, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Reading. The conference is brought to you through the generous support of the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.