Transforming arts and humanities research into television

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Arts and humanities academics are offered the chance to hear from TV professionals about how to translate research into specialist factual programming.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has partnered with Edinburgh TV Festival to produce AHTV, a free event that brings together academics working in the arts and humanities with television professionals in specialist factual programming.

The event, which is open to all arts and humanities researchers, is taking place digitally from 3 – 4 February 2021. A series of panels, lectures and other interactive sessions will give researchers an overview of the TV landscape and include insights from commissioners and programme-makers on how academic research is incorporated into specialist factual programming.

Developing relationships and understanding

Speakers at previous events have included David Olusoga, Bettany Hughes, Patrick Holland and Fatima Salaria, commissioners from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and National Geographic, and senior figures from production companies including Nutopia, Plimsoll and Lion TV.

In addition to attending digital lectures and sessions with television experts, researchers will also be given the opportunity to apply for speed meetings and roundtable discussions to foster industry relationships.

Bringing research to a public audience

Sam McGregor, Head of Creative Industries, Design, Arts and AI at the Arts and Humanities Research Council says:

Arts and humanities research offers a wealth of stories and ideas which have potential for public appeal.

This unique event brings together the world of research with the world of television, to help foster collaboration between these two creative sectors.

We hope researchers will leave the event not only with ideas of how their research could inspire TV programming, but with the industry expertise they need to turn their ideas into reality.

Register for the event

Please register your interest in this event by completing the delegate registration form.

Registered attendees will be sent more information and details of how to access sessions in early 2021.

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