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THE Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Like other institutes of advanced study elsewhere in the world, its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities and natural sciences, beyond the regular teaching and research activities at institutions of higher learning.

JIAS therefore aims to reach beyond the regular teaching and research routines of contemporary higher education by encouraging collaborative and focused scholarly initiatives in both the humanities and the natural sciences.

JIAS is the first fully fledged institute of advanced learning in Gauteng, South Africa’s political and economic heartland. It is housed in a dedicated facility near the UJ main campus which offers accommodation as well as workshop and conferencing facilities.

Colloquium on the brain

From mid-September to early December 2016, JIAS is hosting an international colloquium on the human brain, entitled ‘Why the Brain Matters’. Besides a range of expert presenters, all global authorities in their fields, it will be attended by selected mid-career professionals, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from South Africa and abroad. The colloquium is divided into four consecutive three-week sessions, namely:

    • Brain Studies: History and Emerging Issues (12 to 30 September)
    • The Cognitive Brain (3 October to 21 October)
    • The Creative Brain (24 October to 11 November)
    • The Social Brain (14 November to 25 November)

The first week of each session will be devoted to seminars, led by global authorities in their fields; the second, to reflection and public outreach; and the third to writing. Lectures will be delivered by scholars from South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, various European countries, Australia and Singapore. Click on the link below to view and download the programme.


For the colloquium programme, click on the link below.



For notes about the presenters, click on the link below.


More information about the colloquium – including detailed participant information – appears in a restricted section of this website. To access this section, click on the button below. To gain the necessary password, and for any further information, please contact Estelle Prinsloo at ehprinsloo@uj.ac.za, or use the contact page.