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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.


Call for IAS Projects: 2021/22

The Institute of Advanced Study supports the development of high-quality, creative and ambitious interdisciplinary research. Each year, the IAS facilitates and supports the development of four, cross-department ‘major projects’, and a number of smaller interdisciplinary research developments. 

The call for project proposals is now open.

Proposed projects must be genuinely interdisciplinary, innovative and ambitious. They should have both short- and longer-term objectives, and should aim to use the IAS’s developmental assistance to compose funding proposals that will fully support the research. The IAS particularly encourage projects that have the potential to build towards major applications for Leverhulme Centres, Wellcome Collaborative Awards, ERC Synergy grants, or similar. All projects must involve at least two departments, ideally in different faculties.

Full details about the process, projects and nominations and relevant forms are available on the IAS website here.

(15 Nov 2019) » More about Call for IAS Projects: 2021/22

Material Imagination - Project Website launched

Material Imagination, a project sponsored by the Durham IAS and Royal Society, considers how advanced materials play an increasing role in contemporary social life, from food to medicines, to architecture.

In this project, researchers in the physical and social sciences together with designers, artists and stakeholders are developing and testing a more inclusive way to imagine and innovate with materials.

Their new website has been launched. The project will kick-start with a sequence of interdisciplinaryevents and conversations between January- March 2020.

Also follow the project via Twitter @MaterialImagin1

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