UBIAS places great emphasis on supporting outstanding young researchers. They will be the intellectual leaders of tomorrow. The UBIAS-programme Intercontinental Academia is an exciting opportunity for young researchers from all over the world to engage with topics of fundamental relevance.

Each Intercontinental Academia (ICA) promotes the scientific exchange between generations, disciplines, cultures and continents, investing particularly in young scientists aged between 30 and 40 years from different areas of knowledge to engage in an interdisciplinary collaborative study. Each ICA stands under the guidance of three senior scientists - of regional and international recognition - which will coordinate the activities.


Four ICAs have been realized: ICA1 on the topic of “Time” was realized by UBIAS-member institutes IAR Nagoya and IEA São Paulo. UBIAS-institutes ZIF Bielefeld and IIAS Jerusalem were responsible for ICA2 on the topic of “Human dignity”, an ICA3 on the topic of Laws: Rigidity and Dynamics was realized by IAS Singapore and IAS Birmingham, UK, and an ICA4 emergered between the Institutes of Paris and Belo Horizonte on Artificial Intelligence.

The proposal to create the Intercontinental Academia was brought up during the meeting of the Steering Committee of UBIAS, held in March 2012 at the Institute for Advanced Study Jawaharlal Nehru, in New Delhi, India. The initial idea was of the then director of the  Israel IAS Professor Eliezer Rabinovici. The IEA-USP and the IAR (Institute for Advanced Research) of the Nagoya University felt motivated by the insight of the Israeli scientist and decided to be behind the pilot project for this initiative, which operates as a joint venture.

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