University of Birmingham
Welcome to the latest edition of Twist, our IAS newsletter.

In it you will find news of an exciting new IAS funding scheme that will provide pump-priming funds to enable interdisciplinary ideas generated in the IAS workshops, or through collaboration with IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellows, to be tried out and pushed forwards. Applications can be made immediately. Follow the links to learn more about this and all our internal funding opportunities!

Best wishes,
Mike Hannon, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies

Institute of Advanced Studies Internal Funding Programmes

Research Investment Scheme (RIS)
RIS-DVF programme intended to create long-term collaborative, multidisciplinary research programmes with Distinguished Visiting Fellows.

RIS-post-workshop programme that will allow exciting ideas and conversations from IAS workshops to be explored and tested so as to get preliminary results to seek external support for those ideas.

Distinguished Visiting Fellows Programme welcomes nominations from colleagues to bring outstanding academics from global leading institutions around the world for research collaborations and the enrichment of campus life.

IAS Workshops Topics should be multi-disciplinary, bringing together expertise from across the breadth of our University to address major cross-cutting ideas that are important, relevant and timely.

IAS Internal Fellowship Programme provides resource and time to bring University of Birmingham Institute of Advanced Studies Fellows (IASFs) together with leading global academics, Distinguished Visiting Fellows (DVFs), to nurture research collaborations, in particular those with a cross-disciplinary focus.

Professor Steven D. Kawaler
Welcome to Professor Steven D. Kawaler, (Iowa State University) who will be in Birmingham until mid-December, hosted by Professor William Chaplin, School of Physics and Astronomy.

Professor Kawaler is one of the world's leading experts on the rotation of stars and the study of more advanced stages of stellar evolution. During this visit colleagues will develop and pursue novel analysis techniques that will utilize Kepler data to study 'red-giant' stars, which offer a window on the future of the Sun.

On 16 November 2016 we are delighted that Steve will give an IAS seminar.
STEM: Scholarly publishing in the coming decades. Physics West Room 117, 14:30-15:30. All welcome.
Being human
Being Human, the festival of the humanities is taking place nationally 17–25 November 2016. Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
Sound Stone
On 19 November, as part of the Being Human Festival, Professors Andrew Kirkman and Phillip Weller present Sound and Stone. Medieval Alabasters and Choral Music

This series of three events showcases two famous types of English art of the late medieval era: Nottingham alabaster carvings and polyphonic choral music. There are talks, activities and a unique concert designed to show off a rich era of English art. One of these will be led by British artist Sarah Danays, who will be featured working with alabaster while talking about the material and her sculptures.
14 November Research in Radiotherapy. This IAS workshop is led by our Director of Medical Physics, Professor Stuart Green and aims to bring together the community of researchers using radiotherapy and explore possible collaborations.

If you would like to take part in this workshop please email


The call is now open for proposals for Research Groups 2018-19 at The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. All disciplines in the Natural and Social Sciences and the Humanities are welcome.

Research Groups in recent years.
Full information on the programme.

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