Dundee University has launched three new research centres at its school of humanities.
New studies into history, philosophy and Scottish culture will take place at the university after dedicated research bases were set up.
Professors from across the UK, Europe and USA gathered on Tayside to mark the opening of the centres.
Bosses said they formed a key part of a vision to transform Dundee into "Scotland's leading university".
The Scottish Centre for Global History, the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy and the Centre for Scottish Culture were launched as part of a programme geared towards transforming the school of humanities at the city university.
Guests at a series of events marking the creation of the centres included doctors and professors from Harvard and New York universities in the United States, as well as speakers from schools in Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Manchester and Liverpool.
Jim Livesey, professor of Global History and associate Dean for research and scholarship, said the new programme marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the arts at the university.
He said: "The establishment of these three new centres is part of our wider approach to broadening the expertise of humanities research as well as building on existing strengths across a range of subjects, in this instance English, history and philosophy.
"This dovetails with Dundee's vision to become Scotland's leading university and we are very excited to be launching these innovative centres with seminars featuring some of the world's top emerging researchers."