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IEA receives applications for the 3rd Intercontinental Academia, with the theme rigidity and dynamics of laws

by Richard Meckien - published Jun 26, 2017 04:55 PM - - last modified Jun 29, 2017 10:51 AM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Fernanda Rezende.

Universidade de Birmingham
University of Birmingham

The rigidity and dynamics of laws will be the theme of the 3rd Intercontinental Academia (ICA), scheduled to take place in March 2018 in Singapore and March 2019 in Birmingham, under the organisation of the Institutes of Advanced Studies of the University of Birmingham and Nanyang Technological University.

The IEA-USP will indicate a researcher to the final selection process stage, to be conducted by the organisers. In case of approval, the Institute will cover the costs of airfare, while accommodation and on-site expenses will be paid by the hosts. To apply, candidates must send and e-mail to until August 6 with the following documents and information, all in English:

  • Summary of their interests in the theme, their expectations and a presentation of the project that explains how they can contribute to the Intercontinental Academia;
  • Updated resume.
Edifício de artes e design - NTU Singapura
Arts and design building at the Nanyang Technological University

The focus is on people who are in their early / mid-career, up to 15 years of doctoral completion, and who conduct research in academia, industry, the third sector, or other organisations. Everyone must be fluent in English, able to explore ideas on the subject outside their field of study and challenge global leaders in their fields of expertise.

“Laws: Rigity and Dynamics”

Assuming that the concept of laws has different meanings in different contexts, cultures and individuals, the organisers want to provoke reflection, analysis and comparison to elucidate the origin of laws and the tensions between them. 'Whether examining laws devised by humans, natural laws or the evolution of theory emerging from chaos and complexity into laws, there is potential for intense interactions between the disciplines and insight arising from that,' they argue.

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The program

The ICA is an initiative of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS), a network that brings together 36 institutes of advanced studies from universities of all continents. Created to foster networking research and the formation of new leaders in science, each edition of the program brings together young researchers who highlight in their areas and countries to work together on interdisciplinary paradigm shift research, guided by some of the most important names of knowledge in the world. Always with two immersion meetings, each on a different continent, the ICA should have an end product as the result of the studies, such as a book or a course.

The IEA-USP and the Institute for Advanced Research of the Nagoya University (IAR) were responsible for the first edition of the ICA, which had the first phase held in April 2015 in São Paulo and the second one in Nagoya in March of last year. As a result of the activities and research, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the theme "time" is about to be launched.

The second edition focused on human dignity and was organised by the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung - ZiF) of the University of Bielefeld, with meetings in March and August, 2016. The IEA-USP sent researcher Akemi Kamimura to participate.

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