The University of Trento takes stock of funding received so far from the ERC, the European Research Council: since 2007, twenty-four research projects were financed for a total of 30,545,048 Euro.
In the first ten years of ERC funding, the University of Trento was able to compete at international level with its research projects to secure funds.
ERC grants are awarded after a competitive, peer reviewed selection procedure based on the criterion of the scientific excellence of the submitted proposals and the applicants’ profile.
ERC funding represents a cornerstone of the quality research policy of UniTrento, whose main objective is to recruit and support faculty who are eager to work in cutting-edge research areas.
The two most recent ERC grants were awarded to Begüm Demir, a researcher at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, who arrived to Trento from Turkey in 2010 and investigates Big Data in Earth observations, and to Raffaello Potestio, an Italian physicist who will return from Germany to work, from next year, on the representation and simulation of proteins within the biophysics team of the Physics department
Rector Paolo Collini and Prorector for research Giorgio Vallortigara gave a press conference today at the Rectorate to present the data on the first ten years of the ERC at the University of Trento. The research projects led by Begüm Demir and Raffaello Potestio, the latter attending via web conference from the Max Planck Institute in Mainz, were introduced respectively by Niculae Sebe, Director of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, and Gianluca Lattanzi, of the Department of Physics.
For more information read the press release (in italian).