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Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme


The third annual Philomathia Symposium will take place in September 2016 in Cambridge. The Symposium brings together academics, the public and policymakers to address contemporary societal challenges, supporting the initiatives of the Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme.

Each annual Symposium represents the culmination of a year’s worth of interdisciplinary conversations that begin first in the Philomathia Forum – a series of individual workshops that link topically to the Symposium’s theme. It is our hope that the fora generate debate and raise questions that can directly inform the Programme’s primary research.

For the academic year 2015-16, the Forum will provide funding for up to four sessions that aim to interrogate the public policy implications of interdisciplinary research in the biological sciences, medicine, ethics and the social sciences. In addition, small grants may be available for ancillary research assistance or small-scale projects arising from the Forum. We will be interested to engage with those leading Forum sessions over proceedings of the session, follow-up research and publicity.

Proposals are now invited from researchers in all disciplines, for Forum sessions to be held between December 2015 and July 2016; if you are interested in collaborating in this way, please contact Dr Kristen Klebba via for more details. Proposals should be received by close of business on 22 October 2015.

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History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

Masters in Public Policy

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.