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Is there Life beyond our Solar system?
The growing field of Exoplanetology relies on astronomical methods of investigation, and on knowledge acquired across centuries, from Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, and others. How similar and how different other planets are compared to the Earth will be explored in an IAS Workshop, led by Dr Amaury Triaud, aiming to weave together a constellation of academic disciplines that have branched out a long time ago. If this resonates with your research, please register your interest here. 
01: Distinguished Visiting Fellow Prof Zude Zhou - Wuhan University of Technology
02: Vanguard Fellow Dr Hans Koster - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
03: Vanguard Fellow Prof Wenjun Xu - Wuhan University of Technology
04: Vanguard Fellow Dr Damilola Olawuyi - Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Upcoming Workshops and Events
5 December 13:00–14:00

Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development: Law and Governance Innovations for Integrated Decision-Making

Speaker: Dr Damilola Olawuyi, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Without water, we cannot produce food and energy; and without energy, we cannot process or distribute food and water. This seminar presents on-going research on law and governance innovations for advancing integrated decision-making on WEF issues in Qatar and the Middle East. All staff and students are welcome to attend.
5 December 16:00 – 18:00

Short-term rentals and the housing market: Quasi-experimental evidence from Airbnb in Los Angeles

Speaker Dr Hans Koster, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Online short-term housing rental platforms such as Airbnb have grown spectacularly in recent years, leading some cities to severely restrict short-term rentals, while others nearby have not. This lecture will examine how this affected house prices, listings, and availability. All staff and students are welcome to attend.
13 December 12:30 – 14:00

Robotics-enabled Sustainable Manufacturing

Speaker: Dr Wenjun Xu, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Wuhan University of Technology

Sustainable manufacturing is a novel manufacturing model for balanced development. This lecture will cover exciting developments in this crucial field such as in industrial cloud robotics, energy-efficient robotised manufacturing, and human-robot collaboration in disassembly. All staff and students are welcome to attend.
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17 December

Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development in the UK and the Middle East

Workshop leaders Dr Walters Nsoh, Law, and Dr Damilola Olawuyi, IAS Vanguard Fellow, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The UK Government has made a strategic commitment to strengthening partnerships with the Gulf countries to help tackle the challenges we share. Among the challenges are those related to energy, water and food security. This workshop will form the springboard for wider institutional linkage and expertise exchange.

Humour and Resilience in the Face of (everyday) Global Challenges

Workshop Leader: Dr Laura Martin, History and Cultures, and Dr Stephen Forcer, Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Humour is universal; it is exists in every culture throughout the world. It is a pan-historical phenomenon that has been fundamental to some of the greatest feats of human creativity and experience, from major works of culture to survival in concentration camps. This IAS workshop will discuss: How is humour understood and engaged with in different areas of study? How can humour be used to resist or alleviate live real-world problems? What is humour, inacademic terms?
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7 February

The Citizen in Citizen Science

Workshop leader Dr Vanessa Heggie, Institute of Applied Health Research.

Citizen science has become a significant form of scientific practice with interdisciplinary voices. This workshop will go beyond current analyses by bringing together practitioners, participants & critics for an interdisciplinary interrogation of the word ‘citizen’ in the phrase ‘citizen science’.
Up to 1st March 2019

Call for Papers: Anonymity: Past, Present and Futures Unknown

Workshop Leaders: Prof Jonathan Reinarz, and Dr Rebecca Wynter, Institute of Applied Health Research

Anonymity has become a defining feature of twenty-first century culture. This workshop will explore how one lives in a world without anonymity, how and why some people lived anonymously in the past and others try to continue to do so today. Abstracts are warmly invited from subjects including (but not limited to): Philosophy, Politics, Law, Literature, Medicine, Media, Business, History, Sociology, Architecture and Engineering.
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