Loughborough University’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) is delighted to announce Breathe, as the IAS Annual Theme for 2022-23. IAS Annual Themes run across the academic year, bringing leading international researchers to the University to work with colleagues in areas of established and emergent research excellence, catalysed by the Theme.

We are delighted to announce that Breathe, led by Sam Winter (SSEHS)Diganta Das (AACME)Joan Fitzpatrick (SSH)Liam Heaney (SSEHS), and Martin Lindley (SSHES), will be the IAS Annual Theme for 2022-3.

Breathe is a timely and imaginative focus through which to engage with issues ranging from the impact of the Covid pandemic, risks around poor air quality, the weaponizing of the atmosphere and the significance of breath to speech, song, communication, creativity and life itself. Going forward, the IAS will be working with the Theme leads in developing a dynamic and interdisciplinary programme that brings international experts to Loughborough to explore the scientific, historical, cultural, sociological and ethical implications of what it means to 'Breathe' and what this tells us about the world we live in today.

There will be opportunities in the Spring for colleagues interested in becoming involved with shaping the Theme – please watch this space.