Welcome from the Director

Sep 29, 2023 | IAS Director, IAS News, Transformations (Issue 10)

Welcome from the Director

A very warm welcome to the new edition of our Transformations newsletter.

We begin now to look forward to our 2023/24 intake of Fellows and projects, and there’s so much to look forward to this year. Not only do we have our usual cohort of Major Projects, but also some smaller scale projects, with a number of Research Development Projects already decided for the year ahead, and new and exciting ways to invest in interdisciplinary research coming later in the year.

This is a key part of what we want to do here in the IAS. Often growing the interdisciplinary idea is the hardest part of the process. There are challenges in bringing people together around a topic for the first time, and in identifying what the key questions are, and how the interdisciplinarity will come together to enhance the project and its outcomes. This fundamental support for early-stage ideas, with a small amount of financial investment, space to hold meetings, and input from the IAS staff to grow connections across our community is an aspect of our work that really excites me. It’s also a very fruitful exercise, with two of our four major projects in 2024/25 having grown out of research development projects that ran last year.

This year we also welcome two new members of the IAS team. Profs Nayanika Mookherjee and Karen Johnson both temporarily step out of their co-director roles this year to take well-earned research leave. Stepping into their place are two new co-directors who have both run major projects within the IAS and are keen to help grow the activities they are so passionate about. So welcome to both Drs Margarita Staykova (Physics) and Rille Raaper (Education).

Last year was an excellent year for the IAS: a positive review process that supported our forward-looking strategy, large interest in our funding schemes, and some excellent projects that delivered exciting outcomes. We look forward to another exciting year ahead.

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