The IAS of Aix Marseille University

IMERA is Aix Marseille University’s Institute for Advanced Study, member of the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) at the national level, and of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (NETIAS) at the European level, and is as well member of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS) on a global level.

Each year, the institute welcomes a total of thirty artists and scientists from all disciplines, selected after an evaluation procedure that follows the strictest international standards, with preselection of applications and external evaluations.

IMERA promotes innovative interdisciplinary experimental approaches in all fields of knowledge. Since September 2016, research activity within the institute has been structured around four thematic programs. From the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year, these programs focus on the following issues: Arts, Sciences and Society; Interdisciplinary Explorations; Mediterranean; Necessary Utopias.

In 2013, IMERA became part of Aix-Marseille University (AMU). This incorporation has opened up to the institute a wide spectrum of interactions at the highest level, in particular with thematic institutes and their “Graduate schools” such as the Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain (ILCB) and Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE), while naturally preserving the scientific independence of IMERA. Thanks to this strategy of incorporation, IMERA has also been able to establish multi-year partnerships in scientific, cultural and institutional fields, in particular with the the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences. (EHESS), the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Mucem) and Sciences Po Aix. These partnerships have enabled the creation of numerous thematic chairs for eminent researchers who present their candidacies.