IMERA is an Institute for Advanced Studies (Institut d’Etudes Avancées, IEA) based in Marseille (France), aiming at hosting international high-level researchers, emergent or experienced, from all disciplines, to allow them to meet, to carry out work requiring several months of freedom without administrative or teaching duties, and to deepen links with research centres and higher education centres in the region.
Totally interdisciplinary, it is both a place of residence and the motor of a long-term collective project aimed at “building an interdisciplinary future”, by committing beyond disciplinary boundaries, and focusing on the human dimension of science, too often overlooked in favor of the conceptual dimension.
Founded by the three universities of Aix-Marseille and the CNRS, IMERA is a member, with the IEA in Paris, Lyon and Nantes, of the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA), one of the thirteen thematic networks of advanced studies (RTRA) created by the French state as centres of scientific excellence.
The IMERA is characterized by:
- its openness to all scientific disciplines – pure sciences, humanities and social sciences - but also to literature and artistic creation, to foster innovative exchanges that will overcome disciplinary boundaries;
- its emphasis on hosting young interdisciplinary and international teams, who will be able to develop their projects in a privileged relationship with senior experienced researchers, in residence at the IMERA or conducting research in the region;
- its Mediterranean orientation, to associate the Institute with researchers from the Mediterranean area within a flexible an open structure encouraging open discussion of ideas.
Roger Malina is co-chairing the art science program, with the aim of hosting at least 5 artists a year who would collaborate with scientists during a year in academic or industry labs locally; or hosting scientists that want to collaborate with local artists.
The first 5 artists and researchers selected for residence at the IMERA, who will start working in September 2009, are:
- Scientist James Gimzewski, a leading nano scientist, with a long history of art science practice; he will be working on an Art/Sci Exploration of Creativity and Imagination in fields of Nanotechnology and its future role on society with emphasis on Nano-Neuromorphic Information Technology and Materiel Nanoarchitectonics. He is a member of California Nanosystems Institute and Doctor Honoris Causa of the Université de la Méditerranée.
- Artist Peter Richards, Senior Artist at the San Francisco Exploratorium, will be carrying out an art science project Intersections: “Land, Water & Culture”. He will be investigating ways of physically expressing some of the commonalities between life in Mediterranean regions and the Bay Area in a manner that could lead to some shared understandings of the global aspects of the rapidly evolving nature of the physical world.
- Artist Rachel Mayeri will be working with the Primate research lab on Primate cognition in crisis, looking at the relationship between decision-making and emotions. She is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California).
- Sociologist Rachad ANTONIUS, Université du Québec in Montréal (UQAM).
- Science historian Patrick Macray, California University (Santa Barbara).
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