AIR Short Courses

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AIR courses combine expertise from a range of disciplines, as well as research and practice.  AIR course tutors are renowned experts in their fields, with UK and international qualifications and extensive teaching experience.

Academic Writing and Publishing 

Law, Business, Genetics and Ethics

Public Speaking and Advocacy

Psychology, Decision making and Justice

Programming: R and Python

Tailor-made private courses

Tailor-made group courses can also be arranged at other times.

In addition to our group courses, we provide one-to-one courses of different length (subject to availability) – contact us for further information.

Email: air (@gold.ac.uk); Phone: 020 7078 5468

AIR Course Directors 

Professor Yulia Kovas

Yulia is a Professor of Genetics and Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Professor Kovas has published over 100 articles in highly regarded journals, and her overall citations exceed 2000. She is also an author of many book chapters, and an editor of several book volumes. She acts as an associate editor to 3 academic journals, and is a reviewer for 33 journals, as well as for international funding bodies. She regularly gives invited and key note talks at international conferences.

Professor Kovas is the director of InLab (International Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Investigations into Individual Differences in Learning) at Goldsmiths Department of Psychology. In addition, Professor Kovas directs the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics at Tomsk State University (TSU); and co-directs the International Centre for Research in Human Development at TSU; as well as the Russian-British Laboratory of Behavioural Genetics (Goldsmiths & Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow).

Her research programme involves international, interdisciplinary investigations into individual differences in learning, with particular focus on mathematical ability and other STEM fields. She leads the genetically informative research into mathematical development in the Twins Early Development Study at King's College, London; and directs the Russian School Twin Registry (RSTR).

Fatos Selita

Fatos Selita is a Barrister of England and Wales, and an Attorney of the State of New York, USA. Fatos combines academia and practice. He is a lecturer at Tomsk State University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Higher School of Economics University, Moscow.

Fatos’ work focuses on the intersection of science and law, including utilising science for the benefit of justice. His research focuses on Legal and Ethical Implications of Genetics, and Brain Processes and Influences on Decision-making. 

In the areas of Genomic Law and Ethics, Fatos delivers training and lectures internationally. He co-ordinates the Working Group on Legal and Ethical Implications of Genetics (LESIG), which operates in the UK and the Russian Federation; directs a module on Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications of Research; and contributes to a module on Behavioural Genetics. 

In the areas of mind influences (e.g. influences on decision making), Fatos delivers training internationally, including to UK judges; is a co-developer of the MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology at TSU; directs courses including, Neural and Psychological Processes in Decision Making; and Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour; and works with the International Centre for Research in Human Development (ICRHD).

Fatos directs the Institute of Law and Ethics at TSU and is a co-establisher of The Accessible Genetics Consortium (TAGC).

Fatos is also a Public Speaking and Conference Presentation Trainer, and delivers training and talks internationally.

Fatos is a Director of IBL Consultancy, where he advices in international business law and genetic related matters. His international experience includes representing an NGO at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in areas of Arbitration and Security Interests, and Cross-border Asset-Based Lending transactions at Goldberg Kohn, Chicago. Fatos has also a strong interest in knowledge dissemination and equality - he is the Executive Publisher of Legal Issues Journal the President of The UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA).

AIR Course Co-ordinator - Teemu Toivainen

Teemu is the AIR Course Administrator. Teemu is ESRC funded PhD student at Goldsmiths under the supervision of Professor Yulia Kovas. His research is taking a comprehensive look into creativity and its relationship to other measures such as intelligence and personality. Teemu investigates creativity using a variety of methods and designs, for example behavioral genetic and experimental methodologies, as well as cross-cultural analyses.  Teemu leads an international, interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from German, Russian and British universities. Teemu has published in scientific journals and delivered talks in front of international audiences.

More about AIR

Our motto is: Adapt - Innovate - Re-adapt

Humans evolved into species that adapt to changes in the environment and continously modify their environment through innovation. Innovations bring progress, new ways of life, but also new problems - all requiring re-adadptation. AIR interdisciplinary courses provide students with the tools to Adapt, Innovate and Re-adapt.

Steven Hawking: "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change"

Albert Einstein: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them"

 

Our courses are:

Interdisciplinary

Most courses include essential elements from other disciplines, e.g. Public Speaking is completed with cutting edge knowledge in Psychology.

Interactive

To ensure maximum benefits for you, we have designed these courses to allow for interaction from all participants, including by limiting the number of students per class.

Tailored to each student's needs

Individual students' needs and interests are, where possible, accommodated, e.g. students are provided with materials and support as to their needs and interests.

Taught by leading experts

Courses are organised and taught by leading experts with practice and teaching experience internationally.

More about InLab and IBL

InLab is a research group, dedicated to understanding the origins of difference in peoples' learning, cognition, motivation and academic achievement. In our research we use different methods - including cross-cultural studies, experimental psychology, twin studies, molecular genetics and neuroscience - with the aim of improving education.

InLab is a member of INRiCHD (International Network for Research in Child Health and Development), which links many leading laboratories across the world. InLab is also a founding member of The Accesible Genetics Consortium.

 

IBL is an international consultancy providing legal and business advice on international transactions, and advising on matters of scientific exchange and technology transfers. It also provides professional training in a variety of areas.

IBL collaborates with InLab in areas of scientific exchange and training, including advocacy skills and public speaking. IBL also works with the Institute for Law, Ethics and Policy at The Accessible Genetics Consortium in relation to legal and ethical issues related to genomic advancements.

Refund policy

If, for unexpected reasons, you are unable to attend the course, we will do our best to accommodate you in future courses or refund, where possible. We are able to offer a full refund, if you cancel over 7 days prior to the start date of the course.

From 7 days before the start date of the course, we can (a) rebook for free to the next available course (subject to availability); (b) book to another of our AIR courses, but additional fee would need to be covered (if any) and no refund can be provided; or refund the fee minus 15% administration fee.

We are unable to provide a refund for cancellations on the start day of the course, but we will do our best to offer you options (a) or (b) above.