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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Welcome to the

Transforming The Way We Think

The Institute of Advanced Study is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute with global reach. We bring together world-leading researchers from all disciplines to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance. At least twenty visiting IAS Fellows join us in Durham each year to work with Durham scholars to spark new investigations, set tomorrow's agenda and participate in a varied programme of activities.

Each year, the IAS supports four ambitious interdisciplinary projects tackling major research questions. Leading researchers from around the globe join Durham colleagues in collaborative teams to develop ground-breaking ideas, explore interdisciplinary synergies and develop new programmes of research.

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.


Evidence across Disciplines

Institute of Advanced Study-Northern Bridge Postdoctoral Summer School
Durham 7 June 2019

Evidence makes a case. But how? In words? Feelings? Numbers? Images? Each discipline will tend to give a different answer. On 7 June 2019 the Institute of Advanced Study offered the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Consortium ( an introduction to one of our specialities, the complex relation of evidence, proof and truth across disciplines, featuring presentations from Nicholas Saul, Samantha Hillyard, Karen Johnson, and our special guest from Basel, Europe’s leading expert on the digital humanities, Professor Gerhard Lauer ( You can see Gerhard’s slides here.

(17 Jun 2019)

IAS 2019/20 Fellows and Projects announced

2019/20 will see the second year of the IAS sponsored project framework, and builds upon the Institute's experience and the successful engagement between the IAS and colleagues across the university over the last year. The large majority (70%) of the 2019/20 Fellows have been nominated to collaborate on the four high quality, IAS-sponsored collaborative projects, led by Durham PIs

(27 Feb 2019) » More about IAS 2019/20 Fellows and Projects announced

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Thursday 17 October 2019