In 2021 we celebrated the fourth Social Sciences Week. The event began as a way of introducing the wider public to the Social Sciences, and uniting speakers from the breadth of disciplines covered by the Social Sciences. It was started by Professor Dan Woodman, who remains chair of the event committee in 2022.

Each year Social Sciences Week has grown in size – over 70 events were held in 2021 and despite the challenges of running an event during the global pandemic, we seized the opportunity to go digital with the majority of events live-streamed or available online in real-time or after the event.

Social Sciences Week 2021 was also widely reported in the media, in part thanks to the event’s partnership with The Conversation.  We saw it headline The Conversation’s daily newsletter at the start of the week, while across the week they published a number more stories tied directly to SSW events, on topics ranging from Growing up Muslim to Gender Equality (from Fellow Lyn Craig) and Indigenous Technology.

Social Sciences Week was also embraced by Radio National’s radio program and podcast Big Ideas.  Shortly after the week ended, the show published a recording of a Social Sciences Week event – Implications of the September 11 attacks – 20 years on – and the program will share recordings of four other SSW2021 events over the coming months.

Did you miss #SSW2021? Never fear! A number of the event recordings are available on the Social Sciences Week website.

We expect Social Sciences Week to grow again in 2022 with a combination of in-person, online and hybrid events.


The social sciences have shaped our nation. Social Sciences Week is an opportunity for the public to hear from Australia’s leading experts on issues which help us understand humanity, society and the institutions which govern our daily lives.

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