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Institute for Life Sciences

How to become an IfLS Member

IfLS membership is intended to be as open as possible to colleagues of principal investigator (PI) status who are running active research programmes aligned with IfLS' commitment to interdisciplinary research.  IfLS Membership is independent of faculty associations and all grants and related administrative matters continue to go through the faculties.  It is anticipated that IfLS Members will engage in interdisciplinary activities across the campus and alert the IfLS Director to interesting developments worthy of encouragement and support.

University of Southampton colleagues who wish to become a Member of the IfLS should send a brief CV, including details of current research grants and publications, to

IfLS Membership Benefits:

1. The IfLS has a yearly allocation of PhD positions. There is a call for interdisciplinary projects led by IfLS Members at the start of each academic year and IfLS members are invited to compete for this support.  Details are available at Education and Training.

2. The IfLS has been in receipt of external funding to support novel, interdisciplinary pilot projects.  IfLS Members will be invited to bid for future funds received.

3. IfLS support for workshops and conferences at Southampton: Members are encouraged to propose suitable workshops and meetings where IfLS resources can be used in support. See IfLS events webpage for  current events.

4. Members are encouraged to establish  interdisciplinary groups within their and the IfLS sphere of interest. The Institute's interdisciplinary research themes are structured around four grand challenges:  Health & Medicine, Living Systems, Data and Life Technologies.  The Steering Group encourage Members to put forward suggestions for new themes via  .

5. The IfLS Website -    - serves as a point of contact and a projection of Life Sciences activities across the University. All Members are encouraged to submit items of note, grants awarded, prizes, seminars and publications as well as input on structure and functionality.

IfLS Membership Conditions:

As the IfLS is not a Faculty with a revenue stream we aim to document the successes and outputs of our Members to support the interdisciplinary strategic vision of the University.  Documenting success creates a dynamic brand that can be utilised by colleagues as support for grant applications.  To this end Members are encouraged to notify the IfLS of cross campus research and grant applications that can be aligned with the IfLS. Please send this important information to  . 

IfLS Members are asked to acknowledge IfLS membership on the address line of publications where the research subject is appropriate: Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

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