LIAS news

6 April, 2018: College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities College Forum (1 May, CWB Sports Hall)

LIAS will be hosting a stand at the upcoming CSSAH College Forum on 1 May. Drop by and visit us to hear more about our programme of events and activities, and discuss how we can help you develop your interdisciplinary research ambitions.

6 April, 2018: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships Writeshop

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, together with the Research and Enterprise Division, are inviting applications for a three day Writeshop for prospective MSCA Individual Fellows. The Writeshop is intended to provide opportunities for prospective Fellows and supervisors to work together, with expert input guidance and insight. Click here for the relevant guidance and application form.

9 March, 2018: LIAS funding opportunities - calls now open!

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) is delighted to announce that the next call for Research Network and Tiger Team applications, and our first call for Fellowships, is now live - click here for call descriptions, guidance, and application forms.

8 March, 2018: Press release: ARP workshop

The potential of a method of replacing female genital mutilation as an initiation into womanhood with culturally sensitive alternatives is to be explored.

The University of Leicester is hosting a workshop on ‘Alternative Rites of Passage: Their role in anti-FGM work in Africa’ on 9 March. Organised by the Institute for Advanced Studies, the workshop coincides with the University’s week-long celebration of International Women’s Day.

July, 2018: Pump Priming grants awarded: Le-MID network

Putting money where the research is: Six of the Le-MID team are awarded pump priming grants to further their research in understanding more about disease and its prevention

The Microbial Sciences and Infectious Diseases Network at the University of Leicester is comprised of interdisciplinary experts from within the university and the UHL NHS Trust, who research areas of microbiology, genetics, structural and chemical biology, mathematical and computational biology, physics, health and social sciences, respiratory medicine, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. The collective research that the network produces encompasses a cohesive study covering every process concerned with infectious disease, including the environmental determiners, human interaction and transmission, and alternative treatments and diagnostic strategies.

Six post doctorates (Luke Green, Caroline Cayrou, Roxana Zamudio Zea, Jo Purves, Janet Nale, Megan De Ste Croix) from the network have been awarded pump priming grants to help further both field and laboratorial research. With the overriding theme of infectious diseases and prevention, the post doctorates offer expertise in areas of genetics, infection, immunity and inflammation, air pollution and genomic populations. The funding will contribute to the conduction of pilot data, field research, the investigation and use of new and alternative technologies, and the pursuit of substitutes for conventional medical treatments to the awardees’ respective areas of study. The funding will contribute to the network’s underlying understanding that advanced research in the role that different variables have on the contraction and prevention of diseases is vital to the future conceptualisation of disease as a preventable phenomenon. Le-MID has an active events programme running throughout the year, follow the events page for more information.

Click here for a more in-depth account of how the funding intends to be used for the six individual research projects.


1 August, 2018: 'With Tommy Hilfiger’s ‘smart’ clothing range, data collection has reached dystopian levels'

The Independent publishes AI network researcher's piece outlining concerns on surveillance methods and advertising developments 

Dr. Phoebe Moore explains the developments of technology with AI, and the effect it is having on our perception of branding, consumer habits, and how it feeds into society's culture of fear regarding control and privacy. Read the full article here:

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