October has been very busy so far, and we are only a few days in! It is lovely to have campus full of life once again and I hope that the new and returning students and staff are looking forward to an enjoyable and productive year, I certainly am. In the IAS we have welcomed 14 new Early Career Fellows and nine new postdoctoral research fellows (on the WIRL-COFUND programme), who will be working with us in the Accolade and ACE training programmes for the next few months. Together with the fellows that are already part of the IAS community we now host 39 young energetic academics. Working with our fellows will be tremendous fun and, in some cases, quite a challenege.
Last week, we brought everyone together for a drinks reception so that the group could get to know each other. The energy in the room was fantastic as the multidisciplinary group rose to the challenge of talking to their new colleagues, some of whom know little or nothing about their subject specialisms. You can read each fellow's research profile at www.warwick.ac.uk/ias/fellows. I expect some very interesting and different ideas will form over the weekly conversations at our future meetings.