University of Birmingham

The Institute of Advanced Studies

July 2013

Welcome to Twist, the first Institute of Advanced Studies newsletters. Now that IAS is a year old we have a clear idea of the kind of information that’s useful for colleagues and for the contacts that we are building beyond the campus. We’ll send Twist out up to eight times a year. It will be short and sweet, bring you up to date with what’s going on, indicate how you can get involved and report news of interest to interdisciplinary research.

It’s been a very exciting year and I’m hugely appreciative of the energy and creativity that has been shown in supporting cross disciplinary endeavour. I’m particularly looking forward to your nominations for IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellows and to the DVFs enriching campus life and our research in the coming months.

I hope that you enjoy Twist. Please contact Sue or me anytime with suggestions for IAS activity.

Malcolm Press

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Distinguished Visiting Fellows (DVF)

Distinguished Visiting Fellows (DVF)
We are now welcoming nominations for our IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellowship (DVF) scheme which will allow us to bring to Birmingham outstanding academics from around the world.

Distinguished Visiting Fellows Scheme.


Saving Humans
Heather, Paul and Nick are looking forward to proposals for research and events for which the deadline is 9th September. Just in case you need a reminder of the guidance for the call, here’s a link to the theme where you will find the information as well as links to colleagues and research students who are already under our umbrella.

Saving Humans Theme Page.

Regeneration Economies
We are delighted to welcome as DVFs Professor Susan Christopherson from the City and Regional Planning Department at Cornell, and Jennifer Clark, Associate Professor at The School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Innovation in the Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Susan and Jennifer will join us for their first extended visit in September and Professor Christopherson will also give an IAS public lecture during her visit. More details in the next issue of Twist.

Regeneration Economies Theme Page.

Upcoming and recently approved IAS Workshops

  • Work, Wealth and Well-being 9th September
  • Communicating Mental Health, c.1700–2013 16th and 17th September
  • The Political Power of Tax Complexity 18th and 19th September
  • Responding to Uprising: Urban Security Between Resilience and Resistance 26th September
  • Innovations in Professional Education and Training 17th and 18th October
  • The Biology and Physics of Bacterial Genomes 16th – 18th June 2014

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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