University of Birmingham

The Institute of Advanced Studies

July 2014

The last deadline of this academic year for making a proposal to the IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Scheme is 11 July so please do consider this opportunity for supporting your research. Since March we have hosted seven fellows and have had excellent feedback from the visitors and the colleagues who have been working with them.

‘We were extremely fortunate to bring over a leading figure in platelet research for one month through the IAS. We have benefitted considerably from the in depth knowledge and expertise of Dr Liz Gardiner. This has enabled us to establish new methods in and to map out several new collaborative grants with colleagues in the Colleges of MDS and LES.’ (Professor Steve Watson, School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine).

I’d also like to draw your attention to the first UBIAS Intercontinental Academy which is a unique opportunity for our most promising young researchers. Details and information on how to apply are below.

It’s been another very exciting year for IAS and I’m hugely appreciative of the energy and creativity that has been shown in supporting cross disciplinary endeavour.

Malcolm Press

Professor Boore

What Can We Do With the Genomics Data Deluge?
7 July, 12.30-13.30, followed by lunch and networking, LG14 Learning Centre, University of Birmingham.

“What if we could sequence everything?” The decrease in cost and increase in throughput of DNA sequencing over the last decade has been stunning, creating a tool with a very broad interface to much of biological research. IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Professor Boore will discuss recent changes in the technologies and the implications.

Jeff Boore is a world recognized genome biologist who worked for many years at the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab). Jeffrey is also Founder, Owner, and Chief Executive Officer of Genome Project Solutions, Inc.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential.


Applications are invited for the first UBIAS Intercontinental Academy: TIME.
The UBIAS Intercontinental Academy aims to bring together today’s most promising researchers from across the world, from all disciplines and methodological approaches to generate and answer new questions on the growing body of knowledge on TIME. The first of its kind, this is a unique opportunity to live and work with some of the most distinguished authorities on TIME who are eager to share their passion and expertise with the next generation.

Full details and application process.

Newly agreed and upcoming workshops

  • Computational Models of Social Interaction
    Date to be confirmed
    This workshop aims to foster greater collaboration between research groups in various social and computational sciences to establish a Computational Social Science network.
  • Figurative language: its patterns and meanings in domain-specific discourse
    18–19 August 2014
    This workshop is timed to coincide with the visit of an IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Dr. Josef Ruppenhofer whose research overlaps with key themes of the workshop.
  • Big Data
    19 September 2014
    This workshop will bring together big data researchers to determine interdisciplinary synergies and opportunities for research collaboration; and to identify methodological intersections in approaches to big data research across campus.

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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