Cumberland Lodge has launched a new application round to identify postgraduate students and early-career researchers to organise and host an interdisciplinary Cumberland Colloquium in 2017.

The Cumberland Colloquia scheme supports young academics with the opportunity to boost their networking skills, practice writing funding applications and professional reports, and project manage an event from start to finish.

Now in its fifth year, it has already supported nine colloquia, covering diverse topics ranging from challenges posed by advances in biotechnology, to the corporate responsibility to protect human rights, whether cars have an ethical and sustainable future, or how discourses of religious 'otherness' can be challenged to help build a more inclusive society.

For the 2017 Cumberland Colloquium, applications relating to social cohesion, multi-culturalism and conflict resolution will be particularly welcomed.

'Starting new conversations'

Following our 2016 Colloquium conference on 'Population Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Birth and Death', held in September, the chair of the Colloquium Committee said: "The involvement and support of Cumberland Lodge has greatly helped me in starting new conversations across disciplinary boundaries and in attracting interesting people to this event. 

"This has built up my list of contacts with people in different fields, greatly improving my ability to collaborate on innovative research. The prestige of this event has also been wonderful to have on my CV."

One of the delegates at the Population Ethics conference later described it as: "A free thinking environment to promote the advancement, understanding and transfer of knowledge about the human world, and facilitate it in a unique setting".

Further information on the scheme can be found here.