Grant winners

March 11, 2010

EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

About EUR515 million (£465.5 million) has been awarded by the ERC to the winners of its second Advanced Grants competition. The awards, worth up to EUR3.5 million apiece, are provided to established researchers. UK-based winners in the physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities are listed below; others will be published in coming weeks.

PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING

Award winner: David O'Hagan

Institution: University of St Andrews

New horizons in organo-fluorine chemistry

Award winner: John Rarity

Institution: University of Bristol

Quantum optics in wavelength-scale structures

Award winner: Peter Sadler

Institution: University of Warwick

Bioinorganic chemistry for the design of new medicines

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Award winner: Orazio Attanasio

Institution: University College London

Exiting long-run poverty: the determinants of asset accumulation in developing countries

Award winner: Michael Batty

Institution: University College London

Morphology, energy and climate change in the city

Award winner: Maxine Berg

Institution: University of Warwick

Europe's Asian centuries: trading Eurasia 1600-1830

Award winner: Georgina Born

Institution: University of Cambridge

Music, digitisation, mediation: towards interdisciplinary music studies

Award winner: Nicholas De Lange

Institution: University of Cambridge

Mapping the Jewish communities of the Byzantine Empire

Award winner: Miriam Glucksmann

Institution: University of Essex

Consumption work and societal divisions of labour

Award winner: Engin Isin

Institution: The Open University

Citizenship after Orientalism

Award winner: Martin Jones

Institution: University of Cambridge

Food globalisation in prehistory

Award winner: Ruth Mace

Institution: University College London

The evolution of cultural norms in real-world settings

Award winner: Stephen Shennan

Institution: University College London

Cultural evolution of Neolithic Europe

Award winner: Mark Steedman

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grammar-based robust natural-language processing

Award winner: John Styles

Institution: University of Hertfordshire

Spinning in the era of the spinning wheel 1400-1800

Award winner: Lorraine Tyler

Institution: University of Cambridge

From perception to conception: how the brain processes meaningful concepts

Award winner: Gill Valentine

Institution: University of Leeds

Living with difference in Europe - making communities out of strangers in an era of super-mobility and super-diversity

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winner: M. Zubkov

Institution: National Oceanography Centre

Value: £48,639

Who are the ubiquitous, biomass-significant red fluorescent picoplanktonic cells in temperate and polar surface oceans?

Award winner: E. Maltby

Institution: University of Liverpool

Value: £38,0

Investigating the temporal impact of drainage and re-wetting on interactions between microbes, enzyme kinetics and dissolved organic compounds in peat.

IN DETAIL

Award winner: R. van der Wal

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Value: £38,705

Understanding determinants of plant invasiveness: a case study on tree mallow Lavatera arborea

Dr van der Wal and his team will study the invasive nature of Lavatera arborea, a tree mallow that is driving out Scottish puffin colonies. The native Atlantic-Mediterranean plant is thought to have escaped from coastal gardens into the Scottish wilderness, where it has thrived with the help of mild winters and breeding seabirds disturbing vegetation. The researchers on the project will also investigate non-invasive ranges of Lavatera arborea in Cornwall in their search for preventive measures that will help limit further destruction to the environment.

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