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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.


The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Fellows connected with its 2015/16 Evidence year. This term’s visiting Fellows include Professor George Williams from the University of New South Wales, a leading constitutional lawyers and public commentator; Professor Carlo Vecce from the Instituto Universitario Orientale, one of the most authoritative scholars in the field of early modern literary studies and an acknowledged world authority on Leonardo da Vinci; Modern British Historian Professor Claire Langhamer from the University of Sussex, whose work deals with the diverse ways in which ordinary people negotiated modernity in the twentieth-century; Professor Barbara Dancygier from the University of British Columbia, Canada who has published broadly in cognitive linguistics, cognitive narratology, and cognitive poetics; anthropologist Professor Penny Harvey who has published widely on politics and power, on language, information and communications technologies, and on knowledge practices with a particular focus on engineering practice and technical expertise; and author and journalist Ted Gup who has written widely about government and public institutions, and is recognised as an authority on the subject of secrecy and its impact on democracy. 

(30 Sep 2015) » More about The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows

Incarnation, Mary and Women from the Bible - Solo Exhibition by former IAS Fellow, Chris Gollon

Former IAS Fellow and artist Chris Gollon has a solo exhibtion of new paintings at Durham Cathedral. This touring exhibition entitled 'Incarnation, Mary and Women from the Bible' can be viewed daily until 2nd November 2015. See for further information.

(2 Oct 2015)

Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to confirm that applications for the Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships will be accepted from Friday 02 October 2015 for the academic year 2016/17. 

(2 Oct 2015) » More about Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships

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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. 


Durham Book Festival venue change: There is No Such Thing as Hard Evidence Debate - 11 October 2015, 3.00 - 4.00pm, Wolfson Gallery, Palace Green Library

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 - 11 February 2016, 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.