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Institute of Advanced Study
Transforming the way we think

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 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:

(1 Dec 2015)

IAS Director in Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

IAS Director, Veronica Strang's BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival discussion about traditional relations to land with writer James Rebank (A Shepherds's Life) recently featured on Radio 4's Pick of the Week. A podcast of the Free Thinking interview is available at:

(30 Nov 2015)

IAS Theme for 2017/18 Announced

Following university-wide consultation, the Institute of Advanced Study has chosen Structure as its research theme for the academic year 2017/18. 

On 27 January 2016 the Institute will host a Scoping Meeting (at Collingwood College, 12.30pm). The major aim is for groups simply to discuss ideas and explore common ground. The IAS Directors will also put forward some (provisional) sub-themes to assist discussions. Colleagues who are interested in submitting activity proposals are therefore asked to provide the IAS with a short outline of ideas (no more than 500 words) by 15 January 2016.

Ideas/proposals and any queries should be directed to Linda Crowe (44686)

(4 Nov 2015)

New book by former IAS Fellow Lesley Chamberlain

Writer and former IAS Fellow, Lesley Chamberlain, has published her latest book, 'A Shoe Story', which walks in the footsteps of van Gogh and then those of Martin Heidegger to tell the remarkable story of a revolution in 20th century art. 

'A Shoe Story' is Lesley's fifteenth book. For further information see Lesley's website.

(15 Dec 2014)

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Monday 7 December 2015

Tuesday 8 December 2015

2013/14 Annual Report - Light

2013/14 Annual Report - Light

Contact Details

Institute of Advanced Study
Durham University
Cosin's Hall
Palace Green
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. 


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.