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Participants of the Intercontinental Academia gather in November as a preparation to Nagoya

by Richard Meckien - published Nov 13, 2015 10:35 AM - - last modified Nov 17, 2015 04:47 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Fernanda Rezende

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Senior committee members and young researchers of the first edition of the Intercontinental Academia will meet in November (25-28) for an interim workshop. Held seven months after the first meeting in São Paulo, which has inaugurated the project, this meeting in Munich will enable the participants to advance the discussions and studies being conducted virtually since May, and plan activities for the meeting in Nagoya next March.

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The Intercontinental Academia is a program of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS), a network that brings together 36 institutes for advanced studies from all continents. The IEA-USP and the Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) at the Nagoya University are responsible for the first edition. The meeting in São Paulo was organized by the IEA-USP and took place in April (17-30).

The project brings together 13 young researchers from different countries and areas of expertise to develop studies on the subject "time". At the end of every stage, they will produce content for a Massive Open Online Course (Mooc). The supervision of the research is led by a scientific senior committee.

The workshop will take place at the headquarters of the Centre for Advanced Studies of the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) and has the support of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). The meeting is intended to:

  • discuss the work carried out from May to November by the young researchers;
  • present and define the program of activities for the meeting in Nagoya;
  • think of the details of the MOOC that will be produced by the young researchers;
  • discuss the partnership with Coursera.


The scientific committee will be represented by the director of the IEA-USP, Martin Grossmann, as well as Regina Markus, a professor at the USP's Institute of Biosciences and member of the IEA's Board, Dapeng Cai, a professor of Economics at the Nagoya University and representative of the IAR-Nagoya; Bernd Kortmann, academic director of the FRIAS, Sami Pihlström, director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, and Till Roenneberg, of the Institute of Medical Psychology at LMU. The General Secretary of both UBIAS and the project, Carsten Dose, will also attend the meeting.

The young researchers will be represented by Boris Roman Gibhardt, from the Bielefeld University, David Gange, from the University of Birmingham, Eduardo Almeida, from USP, Eva von Contzen, from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Helder Nakaya, from USP, Nikki Moore, from Rice University, and Valtteri Arstila, from the University of Turku.