The Institute of Advanced Study is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute bringing together some of the world’s finest researchers from all disciplines to examine themes of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance. At least twenty visiting fellows per annum are based in Cosin's Hall, a beautiful 18th Century, Grade 1 listed mansion house, situated on Palace Green (a World Heritage site). They work with Durham scholars to spark new investigations, set tomorrow's agenda and participate in a varied programme of activities.
The Institute also serves as a top-level forum, enabling key-decision makers and experts to discuss pressing policy problems in an intellectually stimulating and unrestricted manner. We put on a wide range of public lectures and other events. There are also opportunities for postgraduates and other early career researchers to get involved.
The IAS aims to build research capacity, realise potential, and meet the challenges of a changing world. There are many ways to participate in the life and work of the institute. We warmly welcome your involvement.
IAS Structure Theme for 2017/18: Deadline for Activity Proposals and Fellowship Nominations
Following its university-wide consultation and announcement of its 2017/18 theme, Structure, the Institute of Advanced Study recently held a scoping meeting to discuss the potential sub-themes under which proposals for activities may coalesce.
A number of potential sub-themes have been identified:
- Structural Relations
- Structural Dependencies and Impositions
- Structure and Sustainability
- Structure and Scale
- Structure and Representation
- Structure and Interdisciplinarity
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
- Experiencing and Embodying Structure;
- Envisioning Structure;
- Structure and Temporality;
- Governing Structures;
- Structuring Knowledge.
In addition, if colleagues have an idea for a research activity that does not fit under any of these headings, but is innovative and interdisciplinary, they are still encouraged to submit an activity proposal.
The deadline for returning proposals for activities is 18 March 2016. The deadline for nominating potential Fellows is 10 June 2016.
Activity proposals and Fellowship nominations should be made using the proformas available to download from the IAS website on the ‘Annual Themes’ page under Structure. There is no need for detailed project development at this stage: we are simply looking for summary project descriptions that highlight creativity, relevance and outcomes. The proformas will assist the IAS Directors to make decisions when they discuss all of the sub-theme proposals at their meeting on 29th March. The details of the theme and the timescales mentioned above are also available at https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/themes/structure/timescales/.
Any queries or questions should be directed to the Institute Administrator, Linda Crowe.
(4 Feb 2016)
The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Epiphany Term Fellows
The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its second cohort of Fellows connected with its 2015/16 Evidence year. This term’s visiting Fellows include: renowned historian Professor John Brewer from the California Institute for Technology whose research interests focus on issues of value in the visual-art world and questions of travel, tourism, identity, and place; philosopher Professor Jessica Brown from the University of St Andrews who works on a wide range of topics within philosophy of mind, epistemology, and the methodology of philosophy; Professor Tim May from the University of Salford who researches issues relating to knowledge, governance and policy-making; Dr Zoë Crossland an anthropologist from Columbia University who focuses on the historical archaeology of Madagascar, as well as forensic archaeology and evidential practices around human remains; Professor Heather Douglas from the University of Queensland whose research focus is broadly in the criminal justice field, with particular interests in the relationship between Indigenous people and the criminal law; and Dr David Dryden from Edinburgh University, a leading authority on the molecular biology of the DNA restriction and modification (RM) enzymes of prokaryotes. See further details about all this term's visiting Fellows.
Evidence On Trial: weighing the value of evidence in academic enquiry, policy and everyday life - Call for papers (CfP)
This international conference, which takes place on 12 - 14 July 2016, celebrates the IAS’s 10th Anniversary. The conference focuses on issues of Evidence, in accord with the IAS’s annual research theme for 2015-16.
The conference follows the model of the IAS's successful 2014 conference, and as well as drawing delegates from around the world, the conference welcomes former IAS Fellows back to Durham to consider the evidential aspects of the annual themes under which they undertook Fellowships in Durham. These themes include: The Legacy of Charles Darwin; Modelling; Being Human; Water; Futures; Time, Light and Emergence. These panels and others, are open to any researcher with interests on any aspect of Evidence.
IAS Fellow to brief British Government on human rights issues
Professor George Williams, visiting Durham from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has met the Minister for Human Rights, Dominic Raab MP, to brief the British Government on human rights legislation. As a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Williams is exchanging ideas about his research on anti-terror law and democracy with colleagues in Durham: this work will now provide direct input into public debates about human rights. Further details about Professor Williams are at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/fellows/iasfellows/1516/williams/
(1 Dec 2015)
Monday 15 February 2016
- Evidence on Trial Public Lecture - Culture and Health: what’s the evidence? 6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre, Lower Mountjoy, Durham University, Professor Helen Chatterjee (University College London), Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 16 February 2016
- IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Cities of Knowledge and the Role of Universities: evidence from practice 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Professor Tim May, University of Salford
- Textual Evidence (The Life of Texts) - Public Lecture series: Rescuing Shakespeare: 'King Lear' and Its Textual Contexts 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Professor David Fuller, Contact email@example.com
- Visual Evidence (Ghosts - the Evidence of Spirits) Public Lecture series : The Wild Hunt: ghosts, goddesses and witches in medieval Europe 6:15pm, Room ER140, Elvet Riverside Building, Professor Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol), Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 18 February 2016
- IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Rewriting Childhood: science, education and the graphic foundations of knowledge 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Dr Matthew Eddy, Durham University, Contact email@example.com
2013/14 Annual Report - Light
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2589
2015-16 Annual Programme: Evidence
A number of additional events have been added to this year's programme. There are also a small number of date or time changes. Please review the comprehensive Events Calendar for all current details.
- IAS Fellow Tim May gives lecture 'Cities of Knowledge & the Role of Universities:evidence from practice' on 16 Feb 5.30pm, St Mary's College
Tweeted 11 Feb 2016
- Join IAS Fellow David Dryden tonight in PG20 (Pemberton Rooms) for his talk 'What have Restriction Enzymes Ever Done for Us?' at 5.30pm.
Tweeted 11 Feb 2016
- RT @mcleish_t: Great to welcome SarahHarris from @UniversityLeeds to @durham_uni @DurhamIAS as lecturer in #Evidence series. Can comp simul…
Tweeted 09 Feb 2016
- Next Evidence on Trial Lecture by UCL's Prof Helen Chatterjee 'Culture and Health: what’s the evidence?' - 15 Feb, 6.15pm, CLC.
Tweeted 09 Feb 2016
- RT @PPhDechant: Prof Veronica Strang @DurhamIAS @yccsa seminar 1:30 12/2 @TheRonCookeHub/204 Interdisc collaboration & bioethics in river c…
Tweeted 04 Feb 2016
- 'What have Restriction Enzymes Ever Done for Us?' lecture by Dr David Dryden - 11 Feb, 5.30pm, PG20, Pemberton Lecture Rooms, Palace Green
Tweeted 03 Feb 2016
Workshop date change: Evidence, Policy and Regulations series - Evidence Synthesis by Building a Case (Workshop 2: Amalgamation and the Principle of Total Evidence) from 11 February to 03 February (details)
Workshop date change: Talking Therapies: evidence and evaluation - What Evidence Works Best for NICE Therapy? from 06 May to 27 April (details).
Workshop series time changes: Evidence Synthesis by Building a Case
Evidence Amalgamation: weighing the evidence versus building a case - 10 November 2015, revised start time: 2.00 - 6.00pm
Amalgamation and the Principle of Total Evidence - Date change from 11 February 2016 to 03 February, revised start time: 2.00 - 6.00pm
What will work in my School? ' What does the Evidence Say - 10 May 2016, revised start time: 2.00 - 6.00pm
Navigating Interdisciplinarity Publication - Revised 2015
'Navigating Interdisciplinarity' is an IAS workshop designed to facilitate research collaboration across disciplines. To assist others embarking upon interdisciplinary research we are making this publication freely available. We ask only that you cite the IAS/Durham as the source. Please download here.