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IAN - International Academic Network

Establishment of an internet-based network connecting scholars from different academic fields. Integration and communication between academia and wider society, assistance with funding and promotion of academic research projects.

The topic of this project relates to the aspect of this year's festival in so far as it uses imaginative new way to create connections between people and to contribute to the betterment of the future society that will rely more on technological inventions, educational improvements and greater integration of science and arts into everyday life.


Project details

Author(s):Jelena Trkuljač Danijela Fisic


United States of America

unknown at the moment

How does project benefit the client (if there is a client)?
Communication via internet as the initial arena for establishing contacts, with the hope that collaborative projects will continue through closer personal communication between the parties and through other forms of social interaction.

How does project benefit the people you are speaking to with your communication?
Government funding will be more fairly distributed among worthy research projects, because of feedback provided by IAN. Many scholars who are looking for employment will find it through involvement in collaborative projects that have funding but which are lacking experts, especially in cases of interdisciplinary work. Scholars will be able to quickly and easily communicate and to establish connections to begin collaborative projects with colleagues from the same or different fields, within one country or internationally.

How does project benefit the wider society?
If the academia is brought in closer contact with the wider society and its methods and research findings become integrated, the society as the whole will greatly benefit from it.

How did/does this project benefit author (authors/makers of the project)?
We have enjoyed thinking about and devising this project, especially since we have ample personal and indirect experience of the problems that this project sets out to solve. We believe that this kind of communication is essential at the moment and there are no similar networks that satisfy the needs of society and academia in the way that IAN intends to do. Hence, we would be thrilled to see the network evolve into a global forum and place of contact for researchers, as well as a useful tool of communication between frequently hermetic academic circles and the society at large, especially government institutions, private foundations and companies.

Tell us something about your view on communication. What is your / your organisation's / initiative's (visual) communication philosophy?
Every communication is good in contrast to no communication, especially in instances where communication is necessary to connect disparate fields and areas of human endeavor. This communicative tool will open up space for those who frequently work in solitude and whose ideas and discoveries rarely reverberate beyond the confines of academic journals and classrooms.

What about the process of creating this work? Please describe it.
We intend to seek additional collaborators on the project. Following the stage of finalizing the project details, we will embark on designing the website and seeking assistance with promotion and advertising.

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