Office of the VP for Research Pop-Up Institutes

Pop-Up Institutes are a Vice President for Research initiative that supports interdisciplinary teams of UT Austin researchers. Each team spends the academic year preparing for a burst of activity focused on a specific area of research. Their Institute then ‘pops up’ for one summer month, providing dedicated resources, time and space for researchers across campus to combine their unique perspectives and distinct skill sets in pursuit of a common goal.


Beyond the Future of Work: New Paradigms for Addressing Global Inequality

Creating Inclusivity and Improving Outcomes for Sexual and Gender-Diverse People

Opinion: New Federal Rule will Harm Transgender Health

This Op-Ed in the Houston Chronicle written by the Pop-Up Institute’s Lead Researcher, Dr. Aliza Norwood, on the subject of the recent DHHS and Supreme Court Rulings.

UTEP College of Health Sciences Collaborates on LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Texas Study

Click here for the article on UTEP’s Oralia Loza Ph.D. and Brenda Risch P.h.D. survey that examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Texas' LGBTQ+ population.

UT Community Plans PRIDE Pop-Up Institute Coming to Austin in June

The PRIDE Pop-Up Institute will feature renowned speakers, workshops and community-centered events, with the goal of drawing community members to the events … Read More

Outcomes of the 2018 Health & Humanities Pop Up Institute

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute convened scholars affiliated with nine University of Texas at Austin schools and colleges as well as community health practitioners over the course of May 2018 … Read More

New UT Research Center Exploring Possibility of Life on Other Planets

Scientists from across The University of Texas at Austin are joining forces in the hunt for life on other planets … Read More

The Blind People and The Elephant: Creating Cross-Disciplinary Solutions to Youth Addiction with UT Powerhouse Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker

One look into the office of Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker is enough to express the dedication she has for her life’s work in adolescent substance abuse disorders … Read More

UT looks to take on youth addiction with ‘Pop-Up Institute’

The University of Texas at Austin has plenty of researchers, staff members and students with the first-hand experience around addiction — whether they are in recovery or studying the way drugs interact with pathways in our brains. Until now, many of those people have operated separately, which is why UT Austin kicked off a “Pop-Up Institute” Monday on Youth Addiction and Substance Misuse. Read More

Pop-Up Institutes Tackle Big Research Questions — Quickly

Like temporary art installations and restaurants, pop-up research institutes are gutsy, nimble, and open to the public. (But be fast. They’ll be gone in a month.) Read More

Researchers look to the stars this summer in search of extraterrestrial life

Does life exist on other planets? Leading researchers across multiple disciplines at UT-Austin are coming together in an effort to settle this question once and for all. Read More

UT research institute will focus on genetic variation in medicine

Next summer, a short-term UT research institute will teach scientists about the new field of precision medicine. Read More

Short-term research institute will explore digital research methods

At first glance, it would seem that computer scientists and humanities researchers live in different worlds. Today, however, computers can help … Read More

Pop-Up Institutes FAQ

Do you have an idea for a Pop-Up? Applicants must be part of a mature Research Interest Group - RIG in order to be considered. Visit our website to learn more about our active RIGs or to submit an idea for a new one.

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