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AIAS Director Søren Keiding appointed NetIAS President

From this summer, AIAS director Søren Keiding will take over the presidency of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study after Nadia Al-Bagdadi from Central European University IAS.

Image: Søren Keiding, Director at AIAS will take over NetIAS presidency in the summer of 2021. Credit: NetIAS and AU Photo, Lars Kurse.

The presidency of NetIAS changes from institute to institute, and this week at the annual NetIAS Business Meeting hosted online by the Netherland's IAS, AIAS Director Søren Keiding was selected president, starting from this summer. Søren Keiding and his staff at AIAS are ready to put an effort into securing a constructive continuation and a further development of this stimulating and thriving network.

“I am honored to have been given this opportunity to take up the presidency of NetIAS, and together with the staff at AIAS, I am ready to contribute to making this thriving network even stronger in the future. The corona pandemic has really shown that strong international research collaborations are very crucial for developing new research and to help solving societal challenges,” said Søren Keiding.

NetIAS was created in 2004, and now comprises 25 member institutes from all over Europe. AIAS became a member of NetIAS in 2015, and has since actively contributed to the network, e.g. by hosting the annual 3-day ‘NetIAS Business Meeting and EURIAS Conference’ in 2019 in Aarhus.

The network aims at stimulating dialogue on IAS practices and possible forms of cooperation. From 2011 to 2019, the network has hosted an EU-funded fellowship programme, the EURIAS Fellowship programme that gave researchers a 10-month fulltime research stay at one of the 19 institutes that joined the programme. AIAS also took part in the EURIAS fellowship programme by hosting four EURIAS Fellows from 2017-2019.

In 2019, a new initiative CAT – Constructive Advanced Thinking was commenced that seeks to bring talented early career scholars together on a common topic to tackle societal challenges. This year AIAS has joined, and in the spring of 2022 will be hosting the group ‘Spitschan’ that works on light in their project entitled ‘Light as a key predictor of human health and well-being: robust evidence and translation to public health’. AIAS Fellow and Associate Professor Lisa Wu, who works on circadian rhythms and light, shares topic with this group, and will collaborate with them while they visit AIAS.

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Søren Keiding, Executive director and Professor

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