Université de Strasbourg

Inaugural Symposium 2012

Inaugural Conference

Alain BeretzOn Saturday 24 November 2012, the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) has been formally launched. At the Opening Conference, distinguished speakers from the USIAS external Scientific Advisory Board reflected on the importance of enabling truly original research and of providing space for reflection and intellectual experimentation, both of which is needed within the current research system.

In his opening words, President of the University Alain Beretz reminded the audience that USIAS should not be seen as an ivory tower but as an asset for the whole university. USIAS is open to anyone who has a truly original high quality idea, and USIAS fellows will be part of the University, working with different groups and labs from the whole range of disciplines on campus, enriching the University in a direct way by their presence. He pointed out that the word “usias” is the plural of the Latin word “usia” which means substance, essence, and the institute USIAS indeed aims to help research to come closer to the essence of things, by rewarding new perspectives and enabling truly explorative research.

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