Five prominent academics from the University of Groningen have been awarded EUR 1.5 million each, to be spent on five years of research and the establishment of their own research groups. They have been awarded VICI grants as part of NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (‘Vernieuwingsimpuls’).
NWO awards VICI grants on the basis of the researchers’ quality, the innovative nature and academic impact of their research proposal and application of knowledge. The VICI grants are intended for ‘excellent, experienced researchers who have successfully developed a new research line and thus established themselves prominently at both national and international levels’, says NWO. This year there were 216 applicants for a VICI grant. A total of 36 academics have eventually been awarded VICI grants.
Prof. dr. J. (Johan) Bos Faculty of Arts, Computational Semantics
It’s not easy to produce a good translation. The meaning has to be conveyed as well as possible, but a literal translation often results in unnatural constructions. Sometimes a subtle change in meaning can result in a better translation. How this works exactly is going to be investigated by computer linguists, working with automatic analyses of huge amounts of translated texts.
Prof. dr. A (Amina) Helmi Faculty of Science and Engineering (formerly known as the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences), Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Over the next 5 years, the recently launched European Gaia satellite will help us to unravel how the Milky Way came into being. Gaia will help us to find the remains of the building blocks of our galaxy so that we can reconstruct how it was formed and learn more about the details of the mass distribution.
Prof. dr. ir. D.J.M. (Thea) Hilhorst - Faculty of Arts, Globalisation Studies Groningen
Natural disasters coupled with a conflict. What happens if a natural disaster occurs in a conflict area? What can the government do, how do the institutions function and what do the various aid organizations do to cope? How can they prevent the conflict getting worse? This will be investigated in nine countries struggling with natural disasters and various kinds of conflict.
Prof. dr. M.C. (Marcel) Timmer Faculty of Economics and Business, Global Economics and Management
An iPad is developed in the US but produced in China. Who does what, where and for what remuneration? This project will investigate the determinants of trade and offer new insights into the consequences for the jobs and income of employees at regional, national and global levels.
Prof. dr. R. (René) Veenstra Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, ICS Research School
Why do anti-bullying programmes not work in all classes? Social network analyses and tailored advice are used to try to resolve the problem of bullying. Interventions (meaningful tasks for popular bullies; support groups for victims of chronic bullying; coaching of teachers) will be developed, introduced and evaluated in order to help schools fight bullying.
After two years of hard work, the Groningen Top Dutch Solar Racing team has arrived in Australia. The team consists of students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, University of Groningen, and secondary vocational education (MBO) and is currently...
He disliked genetics as an undergraduate and never really wanted to work with whales. Yet, Per Palsbøll became a worldwide expert in the genetics of marine mammals, heading a research programme spanning the entire globe. Introducing the concept of...
Two reforms in the finance sector have the potential to accelerate action towards a sustainable seafood industry, according to new research published in the journal Science Advances. Compiling data on 160 publicly listed seafood companies and 3000...