Four young researchers from the University of Groningen will be able to conduct research abroad thanks to funding from NWO. NWO offers recent PhD graduates the opportunity to gain research experience at internationally renowned institutes abroad via its Rubicon programme.
The University of Groningen researchers were successful with the following projects:
Dr A.A. (Andreas-Alexander) Bastian (m), RUG -> University of Notre Dame, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (US), 24 months
Since the first antibiotics were introduced, bacteria have defended themselves against them by developing resistance. The rise of resistance, particularly multidrug resistance (MDR), is becoming a serious problem and means that current antibiotics are insufficient medication. The research will concentrate on developing new antibacterial compounds to tackle these problems. It will examine in particular those substances that help to counteract resistance to carbapenems, a class of antibiotic currently regarded as the last resort against resistant bacteria.
Dr A. (Arne) Hegemann (m), RUG -> Lund, physiological ecology (SE), 24 months
A cold usually only lasts a few days. It can have long-term effects, however, for example if you miss an important event. The same effects can occur with animals. The researchers fit birds with tiny transmitters to work out what the effects of a brief illness can be on migratory behaviour and breeding.
Dr A.B.F. (Aniek) Ivens (f), RUG -> Laboratory of Insect Social Evolution – The Rockefeller University (US), 24 months
Meadow ants farm aphids under the ground. The honeydew produced by the aphids serves as ‘milk’ for the ants and is chockfull of nutrients. The biologists will investigate the role played by the intestinal flora of the aphids and ants in the transfer of nutrients.
Dr G. (Gert) Stulp (m), RUG -> The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Evolutionary Demography (GB), 24 months
Individual’s decisions whether or not to have children in modern, industrialized societies are poorly understood. An evolutionary approach to such decisions could provide new insights, and reveal whether contemporary reproductive behaviour is (mal)adaptive. Such insights could furthermore improve population forecasts, thus facilitate population policy.
After a decade of preparations, it’s finally time: on the evening of 20 September the German icebreaker Polarstern departs from the Norwegian port of Tromsø. Escorted by the Russian icebreaker Akademik Fedorov, she will set sail for the Central Arctic...
Noorderlicht and the University of Groningen (RUG) continue their collaboration in the ‘Imagining Science’ series. Each year they commission a photographer to depict a scientific research field in relation to the Noorderlicht festival-theme of the year...
Banks with a high sustainability score have a lower default risk. In addition, the most sustainable banks help to reduce the systemic risk of the financial system as a whole. These are the conclusions of Bert Scholtens, Professor of Sustainable Banking...