About us

InLab is based in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where Prof Yulia Kovas – director of InLab – leads a team of researchers. InLab also has many active associate members in other leading UK institutions, as well as China, Russia, Kyrgyzia, US, and Canada. InLab has a system of research residencies and placements for researchers and students.

The research aims to provide insights into interplay between genetic, social and cultural factors in their effects on learning and cognition. The ultimate goal of this research is to contribute to individualised education and to promote positive development.

InLab is based at Goldsmiths, University of London and has many associate members across the world. The research aims to provide insights into interplay between genetic, social and cultural factors in their effects on learning. The ultimate goal of this research is to contribute to individualised education and to promote positive development.

What’s in the name

InLab has many connotations for us, encompassing several important concepts. In – stands for International Interdisciplinary Investigations into Individual Differences in Learning. Because we are InLab – this suggests that we are always in our Laboratory – whether physically or virtually – through continuous collaboration and learning.

Participants in our research are also InLab – because they contribute their time and effort to unlocking the mysteries of Learning. The disguised sigma (Σ) in our logo stands for both summation and self-energy concepts.
Our Logo also includes the 1+1>2 motto. This motto reflects our belief in the non-additive nature of collaboration. Bringing together expertise and training from different laboratories and research groups does not just combine the available resources, but produces new ideas, approaches, and directions – leading to greater knowledge.

Timeline

2010

- InLab is established as a Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London

- InLab receives a collaborative grant for the establishment of a long-term collaborative research: Cross-Cultural Study of Children’s Numerical Processing in China and UK. Beijing Normal University.

- InLab receives a collaborative grant ‘Cross-Cultural Study of Children’s Numerical Ability’ from The British Academy

- InLab helps to secure a grant ‘Socio-Cultural and Psychological Determinants of Intellectual Competency and Academic and Professional Success in STEM.’ The Russian Federal Programme Grant (for Russian Scientists living abroad)

2011

First international InLab Conference is held, as a satellite to the ISSIR 2011 conference in London - InLab is a major initiator and partner of the Russian School Twin Registry

- InLab receives a grant ‘Everyone Counts? Cognitive Underpinnings of Individual Differences in Maths. Cross-Cultural Investigation: Russia, China, UK, Kyrgyzia’ from the Royal Society International Joint Projects Scheme

- Collaborator on the grant ‘Child Emotional Wellbeing: nature and longitudinal dynamic across the school years’. Russian Federal Programme Grant (for Russian Scientists living abroad)

- InLab is instrumental in obtaining a large grant ‘Genetically-sensitive cross-cultural investigations into individual differences in STEM’ from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Megagrant, $5mln)

2012

- Co-organiser of the International Summer School at Tomsk State University

- Collaborator on the grant ‘Individual Differences in Cognitive Abilities: cross-cultural behavioural genetic analysis’ from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

- Collaborator on the grant ‘Number sense and Mathematical Creativity: the role of educational and linguistic systems’.

2013

- International Advisory Committee Meeting, PROGRESS. Moscow, Russia

- Co-organiser of the International Summer School in Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics, Tomsk State University and Lake Baikal, Russia.

- Co-organiser of the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Individual Differences in Learning. The conference ran simultaneously at Goldsmiths, University of London and Tomsk State University, Russia.

- Co-organiser of the Scientific Twin Festival at Tomsk State University to mark the Establishment of the Russian School Twin Registry.

- Co-organiser of the International Workshop and School for the Early Career Researchers ‘Genetically informative longitudinal investigations of psychological development in early childhood’, Tomsk State University, Russia.

- Grant for the project ‘The role of Genetic and Environmental Factors in individual differences in academic motivation in adolescents: cross-cultural study.’ Russian Fund for Fundamental Investigations. PhD student internship at the Psychological Institute, RAE.

2014

- Co-organiser of the Workshop on Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Number sense and Mathematics at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Russia.

- Co-organiser of the International Symposium on Genetically Informative Investigations on Neurophysiological Mechanisms of Mathematical Anxiety, Tomsk, Russia.

- Co-organiser of International Scientific-Practical Seminar ‘Methodological Challenges of Longitudinal and Cohort Investigations into Early Child Development’, St Petersburg, Russia.

- Renewal of the Large Grant: ‘Genetically-sensitive cross-cultural investigations into individual differences in STEM.’ Russian Scientific Fund Competition: Scientific Investigations by International Scientific Groups.

- The main partner of the established pregnancy cohort investigation: ‘Genetically Informative Longitudinal Investigation of Early Mental Development of Children.’, funded by the Russian Scientific Fund Competition: Scientific Investigations by International Scientific Groups.

2015

- Co-organiser of the International Seminar with the Elements of Scientific School for Young Scientists: “Genetically Informative Longitudinal Studies of Children Early Mental Development”. June 22-July 1, Tomsk State University.

- Co-organiser of the International Seminar “EEG data analyses”, July, 20-25, Moscow.

- Organiser of the Workshop: Epi-Genesis and the greatest text: Between Science and Humanities. New York University in London.

- Organiser of the International Conference “Building Bridges: Mobilising International Interdisciplinary Science to Benefit Societies”. November, 2-3, Goldsmiths.

- Collaborator on the grant ‘Molecular genetic foundations of individual differences in intelligence.’ from The Tomsk State University Academic D.I Mendeleev Fund

- Major partner of the International Centre for Research in Human Development, Tomsk State University

- Establishing MILES project: Multi-cohort Investigations into Learning and Educational Success project

- Establishes TAGC – The Accessible Genetics Consortium: jointly with the International Center for Research in Human Development, and has been joined by partners in other countries.

- The first Genes & Tonic Event for general public

2016

- Co-organiser of the International Seminar/scientific school: Interdisciplinary investigations of early child development. March, 28-30. Tomsk State University, Russia.

- Co-Organiser of the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research, July 15-17, St Petersburg, Russia.

- Co-Organiser of the International Summer School: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Intelligence, St Petersburg, Russia.

- Grant for the support for organizing public engagement events from the KCL Public Engagement fund

- Received the Erasmus+ KA1 Learning Mobility Grant for 18 staff and students between Goldsmiths and Tomsk State University.

- InLab is a major partner of the MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology, Tomsk State University.