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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.


2017/18 IAS Fellowship - Nomination Process

Durham colleagues may nominate a scholar for an IAS Fellowship. A successful Nominee would be invited to Durham for a 3 month period (either Michaelmas 2017 or Epiphany 2018). All nominations must be submitted by 10 June 2016. A CV for the proposed Fellow should be appended to the proforma, with details of how the proposed research activity (and Durham University’s research strategy more generally) will benefit from bringing the nominee to the IAS.

(12 May 2016) » More about 2017/18 IAS Fellowship - Nomination Process

2017/18 IAS Fellowship Scheme is open to receive applications

Applications for Fellowships in 2017/18 are now being accepted. Closing date – Friday 10th June 2016.

(12 May 2016) » More about 2017/18 IAS Fellowship Scheme is open to receive applications

IAS's Annual London Debate - 26 May 2016

The IAS's forthcoming annual London debate will discuss the uses and abuses of evidence in contemporary debates: exploring lies, damned lies and other questions about the reliability of evidence in the major issues facing societies today: 

  • What is evidence?
  • How and why do we accept or reject evidence, individually and collectively?
  • How does evidence gain authority across academic disciplines?
  • How can the academy ensure that good evidence guides social action?

“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence will take place on Thursday 26th May (7.30pm) at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) at Moorgate Place. The panellists include: 

  • Ruth Alexander, BBC
  • Professor Sally Shuttleworth FBA, University of Oxford
  • Sir David John Spiegelhalter OBE FRS, University of Cambridge
  • Lord Justice Anthony Hughes, Supreme Court

For further information about this exciting event including how to book a place, please see the IAS Events web for further details.

(9 May 2016)

Evidence On Trial: weighing the value of evidence in academic enquiry, policy and everyday life - Register

This international conference, which takes place on 12th - 14th 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 roundtables, are open to any researcher with interests on any aspect of Evidence. 

More than 15 panels or roundtables will take place over the duration of the conference including keynotes from Professor Monica Grady (Open University) and Professor Penny Harvey (University of Manchester). 

To register please see: or alternatively contact

(18 Apr 2016)

2013/14 Annual Report - Light

2013/14 Annual Report - Light

2015-16 Annual Programme: Evidence

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. 

Filmmaker Oliver Stone with Dr Ivana Petrovic and Professor Veronica Strang at the Institute of Advanced Study

Interview with Oliver Stone

Interview with Oliver Stone

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Short interview clip of Oliver Stone with Professor Veronica Strang.

Academic research goes to Hollywood

On March 10th, leading filmmaker Oliver Stone visited Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study to meet with classicist Dr Ivana Petrovic, whose research, engaging with his depiction of Alexander the Great, was included in his DVD Alexander The Ultimate Cut, released in 2014. He described how he first discovered her work in the debates that followed the release of the first version of Alexander:

For full details of Oliver Stone's visit to Durham including full video coverage of the discussion then please click here.

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Contact Details

Institute of Advanced Study
Durham University
Cosin's Hall
Palace Green
Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2589

2017-18 Fellowship Scheme - Structure

Deadline for applications: 10 June 2016


Workshop series time changes: Evidence Synthesis by Building a Case
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.