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.

IAS Visiting Fellows confirmed for Breathe include:

Prof Mattias Heldner, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University
Prof Pettri Nurmi, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
Heather Adair-Rohani, World Health Organisation
Dr Hannah Holscher, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Prof Tim Mickleborough, School of Public Health, Indiana University
Prof Bill Sheel, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
Prof Alamelu Sundaresan, Department of Biology, Texas Southern University
Professor Mario Thevis, German Sport University Cologne
Assoc. Prof Holly Dugan, Department of English, George Washington University
Prof William Bahnfleth, Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University
Prof Masashi Yamakawa, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Prof Akhilendra Bhushan Gupta, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur
Dr Kiernan Fowler, Senior Research Fellow in Hydrology, University of Melbourne
Prof Jane Hill, School of Biomedical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Breathe is organised through a series of cross-disciplinary strands starting with the launch on 12th October 2022 - 

IAS Annual Theme 22-23 Launch - Breathe

Exploring the scientific, historical, cultural, sociological and ethical dimensions of what it means to breathe, and what this tells us about the world in which we live, the Theme brings international researchers from many fields and disciplines together around issues ranging from the impact of the Covid pandemic, climate change and poor air quality on health, social justice and equity, to the significance of breath to speech, song, communication, design, creativity and life itself.

Tanja Latussek (Breath Therapist, Bali): Breathwork
Britta Boyer (RMIT Vietnam) and Markus Wernli (Hong Kong Polytechnic University): On Breathful Design in Breathless Times
Petteri Nurmi (University of Helsinki and IAS Visiting Fellow): On Air Quality and Breath
Stephanie Rankin-Turner (Johns Hopkins University): On Mosquitoes Sensing Exhaled Breath
Thomas Ward (Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester): On Exercise and Breathing
Mattias Heldner (Stockholm University and IAS Visiting Fellow): On Breath and Communication