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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships 2017

The European Commission has approved six research projects presented by Sapienza University for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships 2017. The total funding amounts to over 1.2 million euro.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships assigned to Sapienza researchers address post-PhD high-level investigation in a number of scientific areas ranging from Physics to Engineering and from Humanities and Social Sciences to Environmental Biology, yet another demonstration of the competitiveness of Sapienza University at the European level, its ability to attract foreign researchers and to keep Italian researchers in Italy.

Here are the abstracts for five of the six approved projects:

Project BorGal, presented by Federica Favino in collaboration with Renata Ago from the Department of History, Cultures and Religions and the prestigious Stanford University, focuses on the fascinating and multi-faceted personality of Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679), an Italian physicist and mathematician, who was a pupil of Galileo Galilei.

Project PROTECTNICHE, presented by Moreno Di Marco, who has returned to the “Charles Darwin” Department of Biology and Biotechnology, after a long experience abroad (both in Europe and Australia), to collaborate Carlo Rondinini, aims to study the impact of mankind, of climactic change and the evolution of climactic niches on terrestrial mammals in order to develop a conservation and prevention strategy to prevent the decline of future species.

Project FunGraW, presented by Portuguese Researcher Richard Brito, focuses on the detection of gravitational waves and the answers that they can provide to fundamental questions such as the nature of compact objects (white dwarves, neutron stars, black holes) and dark matter, contributing to research activities in the fascinating and emerging field of gravitational waves. Research will be conducted at the Department of Physics with the Research Group coordinated by Prof. Paolo Pani, which has received an ERC Grant.

Project JUMP, presented by French Researcher Simon Cabanes, in collaboration with the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and the support of Stefania Espa, will investigate Jupiter’s internal dynamics and, in particular, the interactions between the jets generated by the planet’s zonal winds and its internal strata. The project will develop a platform to reproduce the fluxes.

Project OROARAB, presented by Marco Di Branco from the Department of History, Cultures and Religions in collaboration with Gaetano Lettieri and the American Academy of Beirut, will translate and provide a historical-philological commentary of the Kitâb Hurûšiyûš, which has not been translated into any western language. The Kitâb Hurûšiyûš is an extraordinarily important work that profoundly influenced the historiography of the Islamic West.