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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 world-leading researchers from all disciplines to examine themes 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.

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 is delighted to confirm that applications for the Sir Derman Christopherson/Sir James Knott Foundation Fellowships will be accepted from Friday 6th October 2017 for the academic year 2018/19. The Fellowships are to enable members of the University's academic staff to undertake three months’ full-time research or, in appropriate cases, to engage in creative work or composition related to their normal full-time duties. Applications are welcome from researchers with an established or emerging international reputation. The closing date for applications is Friday 17th November 2017. 

For further information and full application procedures please click here.

(6 Oct 2017)

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 2017/18 Structure year. Building on its capacity to attract leading international scholars, the IAS is hosting a range of researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. 

(1 Oct 2017) » More about The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows

Levitation: The Science, Myth and Magic of Suspension - New Book by Former IAS Fellow Peter Adey

Former IAS Light Fellow (2013/14) Professor Peter Adey explores the idea of levitation within cultural, scientific and spiritual lives. From science to illustration, poetry, philosophy, law, technology and a wider popular, spiritual and visual imagin­ation, Levitation casts the levitator as a far more vulnerable figure than we may have thought.

For further information see the Reaktion Books.

(14 Jul 2017)

Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture 2017

Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture 2017

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'Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: the prospects for peace' - the annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue 2017 given by Harriet Lamb (International Alert).

Monday 23 October 2017

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Interview with Oliver Stone

Interview with Oliver Stone

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Short interview clip of Oliver Stone with Professor Veronica Strang.

“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence? Annual IAS London Event 2016
“Lies, Damned Lies and …”: Is There Such a Thing as Reliable Evidence? Annual IAS London Event 2016
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2017/18 Annual Programme: Structure

In addition to this programme of events please review the comprehensive Events Calendar for all current details. Additional events may be added during the course of the year.

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