University of Birmingham

The Institute of Advanced Studies

March 2014

Our newsletter is full of events this month, which are open to everyone and I hope that you’ll find something to interest and stimulate you. There are a fascinating set of workshops currently being organised and I’d like to thank colleagues for continuing to propose ideas and research collaborations.

We have our first Distinguished Visiting Fellows arriving this month; I very much hope that you have the opportunity to welcome Professors Sidki and Evers and attend their public lectures. I am delighted to announce a further four DVFs: Professor Jeff Boore, Dr Elizabeth Gardiner, Professor Sharon Robinson and Dr Joseph Ruppenhofer.

Finally, Professor Jeff McMahan is a keynote speaker at an IAS conference Ethics of War and Intervention being organised by the Saving Humans theme leaders. This will be one of a series of events marking the culmination of one of our first themes and is already attracting interest from colleagues from across the world.

Malcolm Press


Higher Education in Brazil: evolution and challenges.
Wednesday 26 March 4.30–5.30pm

Higher Education is at the heart of the success of Brazil as a global superpower. IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Said Sidki (Universidade de Brasilia) will discuss the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly developing economy and seven million higher education students in Brazil’s public and private universities. The event is free but booking is essential.


Biophilic Cities.
Tuesday 1 April 4.00–5.30pm

In celebration of Birmingham becoming the UK’s First Biophilic City, IAS is hosting a symposium as a pre-conference event for the Trees, People and the Built Environment II’ Conference. This wide ranging discussion seeks to understand the benefits to the individual, the health services and urban forestry. The event is free but booking is essential.

social policy

Building from the Bottom: How is Social Innovation transforming Social Policy?
Wednesday 9 April 4.00–5.00pm

In this lecture IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Adalbert Evers will be reflecting and building on the research carried out as part of his participation in a recent transnational EU-funded research project, looking at local innovations and policy developments in twenty cities across Europe. The event is free but booking is essential.

prof mike gregory

Re-building manufacturing – New Dogs, Old Tricks!
Wednesday 16 April 4.30–5.30pm

As part of our Regeneration Economies theme Professor Sir Mike Gregory will discuss the rediscovery of the importance of manufacturing by advanced as well as emerging economies and the opportunities and challenges for modern approaches to manufacturing to adapt to the old trick of turning materials into useful products. The event is free but booking is essential.


Ethics of War and Intervention. Conference and public lecture.
Friday 30 May

Keynote speaker IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow: Professor Jeff McMahan

Papers for the conference on any aspect of the ethics of war, conflict and intervention will be considered with a deadline of 21 March for submission of abstracts. We particularly welcome papers which speak to the work of Jeff McMahan, and to some aspect of the ‘security threats’ sub-strand of our Saving Humans research theme. Further details of the conference and public lecture can be found on our events page.

dr akkerman

Challenges for Early Modern Women’s History.
Wednesday 18 June 4.30–5.30pm

Professor Lisa Jardine in conversation with IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr Nadine Akkerman.

The event is free but booking is essential.

Newly agreed and upcoming workshops

If you’d 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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