IFF’s seminar series shines a light on the key issues facing the research sector, bringing together some of the industry’s brightest minds to discuss the role and purpose of research in an open and interactive way.

We have seen confidence in all aspects of the research industry undermined in recent years through the failure of polls and through pronouncements on “the death of the expert” but we believe that evidence-based insight continues to have an important role to play in helping people, governments and businesses to better understand the world they exist in and to make better decisions about how they want to exist in it.

Together we have a wealth of knowledge that can help identify the opportunities of uncertainty.

Join us at our next seminar or follow the conversation by watching videos of our latest event in full below.

Our next event:

IFF’s next seminar, The Truth About Research: How to uncover what people really think?, will be taking place in June 2018 and you can register your interest now by submitting your details below:

The Future is Closer Than You Think – What Technology Means for Research: Nov 2017

The Future is closer than you think – what technology means for research, took place on Thursday 23rd November at Skills Matter, Moorgate, the UK’s largest venue dedicated to technology events. It was an appropriate setting for a gathering of professionals from across research to discuss the technological revolution we have all found ourselves a part of, and more importantly what impact it will have on our future.

Keynote speaker:

  • Daniel Susskind – Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University and author of the best-selling book The Future of the Profession.


  • Mark Carrigan – SRA trustee and Digital Fellow at The Sociological Review Foundation.
  • Katie Metzler – Head of Research Methods Innovation at SAGE Publishing.
  • Olivier Legris – Head of Strategy at Future Platforms.


  • Rowan Foster – Director, IFF Research.

For full details read our event write up here

Evidence Matters: A Matter of Facts - The Art of Translating Evidence: May 2017

On the 11th of May 2017 we gathered an audience of users and producers of evidence at the House of Illustration to discuss how we could use storytelling techniques and data visualisation to better engage with our audiences. The seminar featured talks from a host of leading industry experts.

Our speakers:

  • Patrick Worrall (Channel 4 Fact Check)
  • Robert Holtom (Narrative coach, writer and trainer)
  • Caroline Florence – Founder, Insight Narrator

Evidence Matters: The Role of Evidence in Uncertainty: November 2016

On the 17th of November 2016 we gathered an audience of users and producers of evidence at RSA House to discuss how we could use our influence to make progress in the face of uncertainty. The seminar featured talks from a host of leading industry experts.

Our speakers:

  • Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive, RSA)
  • Richard Bartholomew (SRA journal editor and former Joint Head of Government Social Research)
  • Izabella Kaminska (Journalist, Financial Times)
  • Jonathan Breckon (Alliance for Useful Evidence)