press release
Published: 08 January 2020

University of Surrey’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences holds Festival of Research 2020

The University of Surrey’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is proud to present its fourth annual Festival of Research, taking place at Surrey’s Rik Medlik building on Thursday 23 January 2020. The festival will celebrate collaboration across the Schools and Departments at the University, showcasing the impressive and diverse range of research which takes place at Surrey.

The Festival will include an exciting mix of discussion panels and presentations, designed to showcase the innovative interdisciplinary research within the Faculty. Themes include: ‘Engaging with Digital Realities’, which focuses on the challenges of smart technologies and how perception-based immersive sound can fool the ear; ‘AI, Data, Risks and Wellbeing’, which looks at how microdata can estimate the cost of crime and how neuroprediction studies are linking brain abnormalities with an increased risk of violent offending; and ‘Data in Politics’, which will gauge how international politics is impacted by technological change and the importance of data in economic policy making.

Professor Graham Miller, Executive Dean of FASS, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to find out about the stimulating and thought-provoking research which is taking place within our Faculty. FASS works hard to recruit specialists in disciplines from Law to Music and Media, Sociology to Politics – our research is broad and innovative.”

Professor David Sampson, Vice Provost, Research and Innovation, said: “I look forward to another instalment of this engaging series – showcasing Surrey’s excellence and diversity – all presented with an openness that fosters great conversations across the whole researcher community. I particularly encourage researchers from outside the Faculty to come along. Interconnections made from two-way flows across the discipline spectrum is a great way to make sure our technology research impacts society in the best possible ways.”

The festival will also feature this year’s postgraduate research poster competition and FASS Research Centre exhibition, complemented by our partnerships showcase session where FASS academics will give examples of successful collaborations with their non-academic partners and a Public Engagement session with guest speaker Paul Manners, Director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). There will be plenty of opportunity for delegates to network and connect with colleagues across different disciplines throughout the day, igniting ideas for collaboration across the University and local community.

The Festival is free to attend and open to the public. Visit the Eventbrite link to book your place.

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