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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.


Call for IAS Projects and Fellowship Nominations: process and timeline for 2019/20

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) aims to support Durham's academic staff in developing ambitious, novel interdisciplinary research. The Institute has moved from a single annual theme to a new framework in which four high-quality, interdisciplinary projects will be supported each year. Resource will be provided for the buyout of each project PI (at the same level of IAS Fellows, up to £8,000 for 3-months), and up to five Fellows per project may be nominated. Full details about the process, projects and nominations are available here

(15 Nov 2017) » More about Call for IAS Projects and Fellowship Nominations: process and timeline for 2019/20

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.

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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 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.

Contact: if you have any questions

2014/15 Annual Report - Emergence