Three researchers from the University of Warsaw among the latest recipients of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants. The successful UW researchers are: Dr Paweł Nowakowski from the Faculty of History, Dr Dorota Skowron from the Astronomical Observatory at the Faculty of Physics and Assoc. Prof. Michał Tomza from the Faculty of Physics.
Among 4,000 applications for ERC Starting Grants, there are 397 projects that have won the total funding of € 619 mln. The winners represent research organisations from 22 countries.
Five out of 14 applications submitted from the University of Warsaw as their host institution were successfully assessed by international peer reviewers. Three projects from the University of Warsaw have been awarded ERC Starting Grants.
Roman Imperial epigraphic traditions
Dr Paweł Nowakowski from the UW Faculty of History is the principal investigator in the project entitled “Masters of the stone: The stonecutters’workshops and the rise of the late antique epigraphical cultures (third–fifth century AD)” (STONE-MASTERS). The aim of the project is to explore one of the most startling problems in the global history of research on collective memory and commemorative practices – the transformation of Roman Imperial epigraphic traditions in the later 3rd c. AD, and the subsequent rise of the so-called epigraphic cultures of Late Antiquity.
The ERC grant amounts to approx. € 1.5 mln.
Exoplanets in galaxies
Dr Dorota Skowron from the UW Astronomical Observatory conducts the project under the title ”A MISTery of Long Secondary Periods in Pulsating Red Giants – Traces of Exoplanets?” (LSP-MIST). In her project, Dr Skowron will be creating a new method to discover exoplanets in the farthest regions of our Galaxy and in other galaxies.
The ERC grant exceeding €1.38 mln.
Chemistry and physics of ultracold matter
Assoc. Prof. Michał Tomza from the UW Faculty of Physics realises the project “Ultracold polyatomic molecules for controlled chemistry and precision physics” (QuantMol). This project aims to understand and harness the increasing complexity of ultracold polyatomic molecules to probe the fundamentals of chemistry and physics. Prof. Tomza and his team combine chemistry and physics of ultracold matter to obtain new insights into the physical basis of chemistry and the fundamental laws of nature.
The ERC grant amounts to approx. €1.5 mln.