Which of the world’s most pressing issues should we tackle next?

The Western Academy for Advanced Research brings together interdisciplinary and international teams of scholars to address major issues facing humanity through periods of dedicated focus. 


Current Themes

Nature-Inspired Solutions for Carbon Transformation

Interdisciplinary Research to Address Technical and Social Barriers in Smart Cities and Communities


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Dr. Ayan Sadhu!

Theme Leader Ayan Sadhu has been received a national award for his impactful work in the development of smart city technologies.

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Meet our Visiting Fellows for Summer 2024

The Western Academy hosts visiting scholars, thinkers, and leaders from around the world!

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Turning carbon
into clean energy

A discovery by Western Fellow Naomi Klinghoffer could lead to new solutions.