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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

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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.

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Extreme floods: evidence in the landscape

21st January 2020, 17:30 to 18:30, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Dr Anna Jones (Edge Hill University)


Extreme river floods frequently leave behind them evidence of their occurrence that is preserved within the landscape for decades to millennia. This evidence forms a natural record of extreme flooding that may be used to supplement the flood records that have been measured at river flow gauging stations or are chronicled in historical documents and by marks on bridges and buildings. The nature of the evidence of extreme floods preserved in a landscape depends on the characteristics of the river system and the climate and can include both landforms and flood deposits. It may record individual extreme flood events, or flood-rich episodes lasting up to several decades, over periods of centuries or millennia. This lecture discusses the evidence for extreme floods found in UK river systems, with a particular focus on rivers in Wales, the techniques required to extract usable information from this evidence and its potential for improving flood hazard assessments and understanding of the linkages between extreme flood occurrence and climate.

This lecture is free and open to all.

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IAS Contribution to the evaluation of interdisciplinary research in the REF

For a number of years the IAS has been closely involved in the development of methods of evaluating interdisciplinary research, working collaboratively with UK funding bodies/the REF. Its Executive Director, Professor Veronica Strang, is a member of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel, which is guiding this aspect of the REF process, and a regular speaker at the Annual REF Forum and related events. Her report Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research: a practical guide (Strang and McLeish 2015), written in consultation with a range of funding bodies, has been taken up widely, nationally and internationally. With the REF submission date coming up soon, colleagues who are considering interdisciplinary outputs for submission, or who will be involved in evaluating such research for REF sub-panels, may find this publication helpful.