University of Birmingham
Professor Gerd Folkers and Mike Hannon

Just before the Christmas break I was able to have fascinating and informative meetings with fellow directors at Institutes for Advanced Study in Europe, Professor Gerd Folkers at Collegium Helveticum, Zurich and Professor Ernst Rank at The Institute for Advanced Study of Technische Universität München.

It was also wonderful to hear about the work of the Centre for Advanced Studies Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (CAS LMU) from the Managing Director Dr Annette Meyer.


In the beautiful surroundings and offices at CAS LMU, I was able to catch up with UBIAS colleagues who were planning the second phase of the Intercontinental Academia on Time. We also had a most productive discussion about the agenda and aims for the next UBIAS Directors’ Meeting which we will be hosting this coming June here at the University of Birmingham.

In the next edition of TWIST we will be bringing you details of our recently approved Distinguished Visiting Fellows who will be joining us from Harvard University, the Weizmann Institute of Science and UCLA. Please visit our website for details on how to propose a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, as well as for details on the Institute of Advanced Studies Internal Fellowship Programme. Sue Gilligan would be happy to discuss proposals, advise on drafts and deadlines.

Mike Hannon (Director, Institute of Advanced Studies)


The call is now open from the Institute D’Études Avancées, Paris, for applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and related fields for periods of five or nine months, during the academic year 2017–2018.

The Paris IAS will host around twenty guest researchers, allowing them to work freely on the project of their choice. The researchers will benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute and have the opportunity to create contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 3.00pm (Paris, France time) Full details and application process.

Interdisciplinary Events in February
Professor Mahlberg
Launching the Corpus Statistics Group: studying large collections of electronic texts
11 February 2016
The Digital Humanities Hub, ERI Building

The corpus statistics group is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham. It brings together researchers from corpus linguistics and statistics who are interested in investigating linguistic patterns across large electronic data sets. The launch event, Led by Professor Michaela Mahlberg will present work-in-progress research from this collaboration. The half-day event will conclude with an invited talk by Professor Laurence Anthony from Waseda University, Japan the creator of the corpus analysis software AntConc. The event is free, but for catering purposes please register your attendance with Lucia Puricelli by Friday 5 February.
Dr Willis
Big Data Lunchtime Seminar: ‘Are predictions from test accuracy meta-analyses valid in practice? Experiences from simulating data in R when developing a validation statistic’
17 February 2016 1.00–2.00pm
Civil and Mechanical Engineering Lecture Room B01

Dr Brian Willis (Institute of Applied Health Research) presents this lunchtime seminar.

Lunch will be provided. If you would like to register to attend this seminar and join the Institute of Advanced Studies Big Data Network please email Sarah Jeffery.

If you would like to propose a workshop we welcome applications at any point during the year. Please contact Sue Gilligan for guidelines.

You can view further details and who to contact to attend workshops at the IAS Workshops page.

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