Each autumn, bids have been invited from the University’s academic staff for support to help fund workshops and Fellowship visits at the ‘cutting edge’ of science, engineering, social science and the humanities. The competition calls for bids that are multi-disciplinary, are likely to lead to significant advances, will attract international scholars, and are linked to current research at the University. Since 2005, the Institute has supported over 70 workshops which have resulted in many research grants, new collaborations, journal articles and books.
Nigel Gilbert has a Distinguished Chair in Computational Social Science at the University of Surrey. He read for a first degree in Engineering and obtained his doctorate on the sociology of scientific knowledge from the University of Cambridge. His main research interests are processual theories of social phenomena, the development of computational sociology, and the methodology of computer simulation, especially agent-based modelling. As Director of the University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, he is responsible for its development as a centre for international intellectual interchange.
Mirela is responsible for the overall management of the Institute, including its annual grant competition and the Fellowship scheme. She supports the IAS Director in strategic activities and liaises with the Institute’s Advisory Board, the University’s academic community, external Fellows and similar institutes in the UK and abroad. She is also responsible for the Institute’s publicity and dissemination of outcomes from events and Fellowships.
Vicki provides general administrative support to the Institute with a particular focus on the workshops that run each year following the Annual Competition. She is the main point of contact for workshop organisers and their administrators, providing support and assistance as required. In addition to her role for the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vicki is also the Department Administrator and Assistant to the Head of Department of Politics.