AIR Short Courses


Psychology - Genetics - Writing - Publishing - Public Speaking - Law - Advocacy - Programming (R and Python)

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.

Tailor-made individualised courses are also available, contact us for further information.

Please send all enquiries to Teemu Toivainen at (020 7078 5468)


Directors of Courses

Professor Yulia Kovas

Fatos Selita

William Lawrence

Teemu Toivainen

AIR Course Director - 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).

AIR Course Director - 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 (National Research) University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Higher School of Economics, National Research University.

Fatos’ work focuses on the intersection of science and law, including using science (genetics, psychology and neuroscience) to improve justice and equality. He has a strong interest in brain processes and influences on decision-making. Fatos delivers training internationally in this area, including to UK judges. He also directs courses in this area including, Neural and Psychological Processes in Decision Making; and Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour. Fatos is a co-developer of the MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology at TSU and works with the International Centre for Research in Human Development (ICRHD).

Fatos conducts research on Legal and Ethical Implications of Genetics. His key interests in this area are regulation of genomic information/data to prevent genetic discrimination; and criminal liability in the genomic era.  He co-ordinates the Working Group on Legal and Ethical Implications of Genetics (LESIG), which operates in the UK and the Russian Federation. Fatos directs a module on Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications of Research; and contributes to a module on Behavioural Genetics.

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

Fatos delivers training and talks internationally, including training on Public Speaking and Conference Presentation; and Advocacy (courtroom and arbitration).

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 Programming Head Tutor - Will Lawrence

Will Lawrence completed his PhD at the department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He also has background in psychology and is interested in decision making.

Both Python and R incredibly useful programming languages, that do not necessarily need years of experience to pick up and use effectively. I have been mostly self-taught in picking up both of these programming languages over the last 5 years (with a bit of help from some great computer scientists in my department) and have been helping out on undergraduate classes teaching these skills throughout my PhD. Because of this I am able to relate to newcomers to computer science and try to make my teaching as jargon-free as possible as well as focusing on getting people engaging practically more than dwelling on the theoretical side of things. I also believe that all programmers are constantly learning, and try to emphasise the importance of learning how to discover great resources that can help you whilst working on projects, rather than feeling like you need to know everything off by heart. And, I genuinely enjoy teaching people new skills!”

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.

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). Please contact for further details.

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"

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.