Festival of Ideas


During June 2021 Edge Hill University will host its fifth Festival of Ideas which explores the theme of ‘Renewal: Creativity, Community, Curiosity’ in a stimulating programme of events.

After a year of lockdown and an unprecedented global crisis, it is time to reflect, re-set, and refresh. What are the ideas that we will need to adapt to our new reality? How will they build on the legacy of the past? Can we shift how we see the world and truly think the previously unthinkable? This series of talks, dialogues and provocations seek to raise questions about the task ahead of us, while understanding what has gone before. Renewals are not just rolling over existing arrangements, a renewal means improvement on what has gone before. Are our concepts and ways of thinking adequate to opportunities and challenges ahead?

Watch a recording of the events here: ISR Playlist on YouTube

Date Event
28 Jun 2021 17:30

Edge Talks

To kick off this year’s Festival of Ideas, Edge Hill is bringing you its own TED Talk inspired spin-off ‘Edge Talks’. The series of punchy 10-minute talks will be delivered by a variety of inspirational speakers on a topic of their choice under the theme of Renewal.
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30 Jun 2021 17:30

The Untold (animal) Stories of COVID-19

This special event will delve into the COVID-19 narrative to uncover the stories that haven’t been told by the mainstream media. The panel will review the last 18 months of world events, from standing on the brink of a global pandemic, to the international finger-pointing at who or what is to blame for the crisis.  Covid-19 marks a turning point in human history – a pivotal moment demanding we rethink our relations with animals.  These are the stories we need to tell.
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01 Jul 2021 17:30

Recovery and Renewal: The Future of Primary Care Research

The pandemic has posed the greatest challenge to the NHS in living memory and research played a vital role in shaping the NHS response. As the UK now moves into a phase of recovery and renewal, we ask what the priorities are for primary care research – and the opportunities and challenges it may bring.
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02 Jul 2021 17:30

Turning Disaster into Opportunity

Global health has taken centre stage over the past year – but what impact has the pandemic had on environmental health? In the final Festival of Ideas event, we’re looking ahead to the future to ask whether in the midst of disaster lies opportunity. Edge Hill experts will talk about their latest research and will finish the session with a quiz to test your environmental know-how.
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Hosted by the University’s Research Institutes and the Data Science Research Centre, the Festival of Ideas is a series of events to engage academics, students and members of the public in conversations upon a common theme.  The Festival draws on academic strands within the Research Institutes and the Data Science Research Centre:

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