Prof. Dr. C. (Catarina) Dutilh Novaes
ERC-project Catarina Dutilh Novaes
Prof. dr. C. Dutilh Novaes is currently an associate professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, as well as an external member of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU). Catarina Dutilh Novaes teaches several different course units at the Faculty. She has expertise in a wide range of topics, in particular the philosophy and history of logic and philosophy of mathematics. From 2011 to 2106 she led the NWO-VIDI project 'The Roots of Deduction', an investigation on the origins and practices of deductive reasoning, especially within mathematics. Her research is characterized by engagement with the work of cognitive scientists and psychologists, an approach that she will continue to pursue in her ERC project, 'The Social Epistemology of Argumentation'.
Prof. Dr. S. (Syuzanna) Harutyunyan
ERC-project Syuzanna Harutyunyan
Syuzanne Harutyunyan (Stratingh Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
is currently an associate professor in the field of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. She gained her chemistry degrees in Armenia and Russia. Before she came to Groningen for a tenure track position, she conducted research in Poland and Belgium.Syuzanna joined Professor Feringa’s research group in 2003 as a postdoctoral research fellow.Professor Harutyunyan now concentrates her research on the development of new and more efficient chemical processes that can be usedin the pharmaceutical, fine chemical or agrochemical industries.
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Prof. Dr. Ir. M. (Ming) Cao
ERC-project Ming Cao
Professor Cao of the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG, Faculty of Science and Engineering) is professor of Networks and Robotics. Cao trained as an electrotechnical engineer and is an expert in building mathematical models for complex systems. He conducts ground-breaking research in the field of control systems that allow groups of autonomous robots to work together. Cao grew up in China and studied in the United States. In order to have autonomous cars and robots function effectively and safely, they must be able to take each other’s actions into account. Cao works on this development with colleagues from sociology, mathematics and biology. The resulting algorithms he develops for robots are partly inspired by the movements of animals, particularly fish and birds, who also act in formation.
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Prof. dr. A.K.H. Hirsch
Indentification and optimisation of novel antiinfective agents using multiple hit-identification strategies
Dr. J. (Jana) Hönke
ERC-project Jana Hönke
Investors from emerging powers challenge traditional theory and practice of international relations. Chinese and Brazilian companies are now the most important bilateral investors in Africa. They apply existing rules, but also introduce new practices of governance and business-society relations that compete with Western norms. However, the nature and impact of these emerging new practices is little understood. The new, 5-year INFRAGLOB project will research how models and experiences of actors from the Global South (i.e., Africa, Asia, Latin America) redefine the governance of economic hubs globally. The INFRAGLOB team will analyse the ideas driving Chinese and Brazilian management of large-scale port and mining projects, and conduct multi-sited ethnographic research in Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil and China to establish how these concepts are enacted, negotiated and disregarded in practice. It will research how this is affected by transnational mobilisation and infrastructure controversies across Africa, Brazil and China. Finally, it will establish how these new actors and practices change existing attempts of globally regulating transnational business from the bottom-up. As such, this project will provide a unique understanding of how the Global South changes practices of governance and business-society relations in a multipolar world.
Dr. I. (Irma) Mosquera-Valderrama
ERC-project I rma Mosquera-Valderrama
Dr Mosquera-Valderrama investigates the role of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and the EU in international tax lawmaking, and aims to formulate conditions under which both developed and developing countries can adhere to a global tax governance model. Her project called GLOBTAXGOV. A New Model of Global Governance in International Tax Law Making’ will assess the feasibility and legitimacy of the current model of global tax governance. The EU and OECD currently focus on substantive issues that, when implemented, will change the international tax architecture of developed and developing countries. Even though the initiatives aim to ensure that governments engage in fair competition and that multinationals pay their fair share, they have also generated tensions between developed and less-developed countries and between EU and non-EU countries. The tensions call for the articulation of a new framework of global tax governance that is based on fairness for all countries participating. Against this background, the project will assess the feasibility of the legal transplant of minimum standards into the tax systems of 12 countries.
Dr. P. (Panos) Merkouris
ERC-project Panos Merkouris
Dr Panos Merkouris’ project called ‘ TRICI-Law. The Rules of Interpretation of Customary International Law’ revolves around the rules of interpretation of customary international law (CIL). CIL, treaties and general principles are the main sources of international law. However, whereas for treaties rules of interpretation have been enshrined in the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and continue to be the object of analysis and debate even today, the rules of interpretation of CIL have not been critically studied before. This is extremely problematic since not only is interpretation critical in almost every international judicial case, but is also one of the basic markers of the effectiveness and predictability of any legal system. By not knowing the rules that govern the interpretation of CIL, we end up playing a ‘game’ the rules of which are unknown, and by consequence predictability is far from guaranteed.
The aim of this project is to determine the existence and to examine the content of the rules that govern the process of interpretation of CIL and to shed light on how these rules differ from those governing the interpretation of treaties both across different fields of international law and through time.
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Dr. T. (Tina) Kretschmer
ERC-project Tina Kretschmer
We know from previous work that peer relationships in adolescence have consequences for psychological wellbeing in adulthood, but this project looks further than that. Dr Tina Kretschmer proposes that the consequences of peer experiences are of much greater significance for one's development. In this project she explores the transmission of peer experiences across social contexts by looking at how one's adult romantic relationships and friendships are affected by earlier peer experiences. Additionally she studies whether peer experiences are passed on across generations and affect one’s offspring via environmental, genetic, and epigenetic pathways. The results of this project will greatly improve our knowledge on the role of peers for social development.
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Prof. dr. C.H. (Clara) Mulder
ERC-project Clara Mulder
Internal migration (long-distance moves within national borders) is generally assumed to be beneficial to individuals and households. This FamilyTies project has been designed to make a decisive contribution to a much more comprehensive explanation of internal migration and its labour-market outcomes than current, mainly economic, explanations have achieved thus far. It introduces a novel perspective on internal migration and immobility, which focuses on the role of family outside the household in deciding on whether and where to relocate, and which takes into account contemporary family complexity: the family tiesperspective. The aim is to identify the role of family ties in internal migration, immobility and labour-market outcomes.
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Prof. dr. S. (Sijbren) Otto
ERC-project Sijbren Otto
Can we synthesize life de-novo in the lab? This is one of the Grand Challenges of contemporary Science. Overall objective of this project is to set important steps in turning chemistry into biology by building fully synthetic chemical systems that contain and integrate some of the essential elements of life: replication, metabolism and compartmentalization. Functional coupling of any of life’s essential elements has not been achieved, at least not without making use of biomolecules. The aim is to achieve such coupling and develop fully chemical systems to become increasingly life-like.
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