Launch of IAS Vanguard Fellowship Programme
We are pleased to launch the Institute of Advanced Studies Vanguard Fellowship programme, which aims to attract to Birmingham outstanding early- and mid-career researchers who hold a research post in academia, industry, charity, arts, or other organisations.
This new scheme will complement our existing Distinguished Visiting Fellows programme. As a guide, Vanguard Fellows will normally be within 15 years of achieving their PhD and on course to be among the next generation of leaders in their field. They may hold early or consolidator fellowships (e.g. ERC) or other awards or prizes.
The fellows will spend a period of between four and eight weeks on campus in Spring 2018, working collaboratively with their hosts, and colleagues across disciplines. Fellows must be nominated by UoB academic staff and the deadlines for making a proposal are 9th October, 13th November, 15th January, and 12th February; full details can be found on our website.
Institute of Advanced Studies Internal Funding Programmes
IAS has a range of funding programmes designed to support and develop colleagues’ cross-disciplinary research ideas, longer term projects and collaborations with world-leading academics. If you are interested in making proposals, or have any questions, please visit our website. Alternatively, contact Sue Gilligan, who will be pleased to give you more information about all our programmes and support.
IAS Workshops and Distinguished Visiting Fellows
Deadlines: 11 September, 9 October, 13 November 2017
Research Investment Scheme (RIS)
Deadlines: 14 September, 26 October, 7 December 2017
Upcoming workshops and events
Mapping the Future
Date: 15 September 2017
Workshop leader: Dr Lloyd Jenkins, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
This workshop will chart the potential of the University’s cartography collection, aiming to position it more fully at the heart of our research and education.
Debt and Debt Relief
Date: 20 September 2017
Workshop leaders: Dr Katharina Möser, Birmingham Law School and Dr Samuel Kirwan, University of Warwick
Bringing together colleagues across diverse research, this workshop will address questions relating to debt and personal insolvency law.
IAS Birmingham and TUM-IAS joint workshop: Inorganic Chemistry meets Medicine
Date: 25 and 26 October 2017
Workshop leaders: Professor Angela Casini, Cardiff University, UK and TUM-IAS; Hans Fischer, Senior Fellow; Professor Mike Hannon, Institute of Advanced Studies, Birmingham; Professor Fritz E Kühn, Molecular Catalysis, TUM
This workshop will highlight advances at the frontiers of bioinorganic chemistry, and explore emerging directions in the development of metal-containing agents to detect and treat cancer, infectious disease, and other medical disorders.
Melissa Grant
In Spitting Distance: towards a University of Birmingham centre for the analysis of oral fluids
Date: 30 October 2017
Workshop leaders: Dr Melissa Grant, School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, and Professor David Wong, IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow
This workshop will explore an emerging field of research: the use of oral fluids in understanding the mechanisms of human disease and creating diagnostic tools.
David Wong
Institute of Advanced Studies Public Lecture: Salivaomics, Saliva Diagnostics and Saliva Liquid Biopsy.
Date/time: 30 October 2017 at 5:30pm
Location: Michael Tippet Room, Staff House
Speaker: Professor David Wong, University of California, Los Angeles
All are welcome, register here.
Model Parameterisation in Healthcare and Life Sciences: Extracting Knowledge from Data
Date: 11 December 2017
Workshop Leader: Professor David Smith, School of Mathematics and Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
This workshop will explore the potential of model parameterisation to determine the quality of descriptions of biological reality, how patients differ from each other and, crucially, the ability to make predictions.
If you are interested in attending any of our workshops or events, please contact Lauren Rawlins
Call for proposals – USIAS Fellowships 2018
The University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) supports excellent, original research in all scientific domains. Each year, the Institute selects 10–20 fellows for a period of between three months to two years. Fellowships are available to both promising young scholars and excellent advanced researchers wishing to carry out original research in collaboration with academics at the University of Strasbourg, and/or to use a specific Strasbourg facility.
More information is on the USIAS website
The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) invites scholars from Israel and abroad to submit Research Group proposals for the 2019–20 academic year. Proposals may cover any research topic from all disciplines including interdisciplinary research.
This programme seeks to bring together a diverse group of scholars that are engaged in a research question that will benefit from integrative thinking and a rich dialogue among scholars.
More information is on the IIAS website
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