IAS Annual Report 2014-15 - page 4

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is
Durham’s flagship interdisciplinary research
Institute. It provides a truly distinctive
environment to foster creative interdisciplinary
debate and collaboration. Durham University
is well positioned to boast research excellence
in subject areas across the whole disciplinary
spectrum, and the IAS builds on these strengths
to harness the energy and insight that working
across boundaries – disciplinary, professional,
and spatial – can engender. In doing so it seeks
to develop and drive forward new thinking by
bringing together some of the most eminent and
creative scholars, artists, and public figures from
around the world. The IAS is one of only a handful
of comparable institutions globally that promotes
dialogue across all the disciplines: the Sciences,
Social Sciences, the Arts and Humanities.
The core of the Institute’s activities is its now well-
known and internationally renowned Fellowship
programme organised around an annual
research theme. Visiting Fellows are afforded the
opportunity and freedom to think, away from the
demands of everyday professional life, creating
an exciting intellectual environment in which
scholars from different cultural and disciplinary
backgrounds can exchange ideas and work with
Durham collaborators. Fellows are supported both
at the IAS, in departments and across Durham’s
College system. In its ninth year, the IAS has
developed and engaged with several innovative
and exciting interdisciplinary themes, including
Modelling, Being Human, Futures, Time, Light
One of the principal goals of the IAS during a
thematic year is to develop a programme of work
that is inclusive, exciting and interdisciplinary,
with outputs that boost Durham’s research
excellence nationally and internationally. The
2014/15 thematic year of
fully met
these expectations and successfully delivered a
diverse interdisciplinary programme across the
year. Through the dynamic contributions of our
visiting Fellows and a full programme delivered
enthusiastically by Durham researchers, the IAS
sought to stimulate thinking and fully explore
the theme of
. The theme opened up
ways to explore: how and why emergence occurs,
understanding causality, emergent events and their
effects by bringing together diverse perspectives
A Welcome from the Directors
Directors’ Introduction
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