International partnership brings brilliant minds to Birmingham from India and beyond

The University of Birmingham is working with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore to bring 40 brilliant minds – including three Nobel Prize winners – to Birmingham as part of a major global multi-disciplinary research initiative.

Intercontinental Academia (ICA) with the theme Laws: Rigidity and Dynamics, runs from 18 – 27 March and delivers a series of outstanding lectures across a range of research disciplines – including two inaugural annual lectures – delivered by some of the world’s finest minds.  The ICA brings together leading thinkers from different disciplines to share perspectives, working in concert to address societal challenges. Professor Michael Hannon, Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, said: “We are bringing 40 brilliant minds to our city as the University of Birmingham and NTU Singapore develop an innovative interdisciplinary experiment.

“We’re creating a global mentoring and research network to help researchers collaborate across culture, continents and disciplines. The Mentors’ Lectures provide inspiration for participants in Intercontinental Academia, as well as enriching the lives of Birmingham people.

The major global research networking event brings together over 15 outstanding international academics and 18 early-to-mid-career researchers from Birmingham and other top research institutions around the world – including India’s National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), in Bangalore.

The event takes place on the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus and will feature a series of ‘Mentors’ Lectures’ which staff, students and public can attend, with highlights includingNobel Laureates:

·       Jean-Marie Lehn, Université de Strasbourg – Perspectives in Chemistry

·       Ada Yonath – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel – Ribosome; structure and actions

·       David Gross, University of California, Santa Barbara: Particle Physics

More information and details of how to register – free of charge – for these and other lectures can be found at – https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/ias/workshops/index.aspx