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UiB attracts foreign researchers

One UiB researcher departs for Denmark, while five excellent European researchers come to UiB to conduct research. They have received Marie Curie fellowships from the European Union in collaboration with researchers at the University of Bergen.

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Tegning av Marie Sklodowska-Curie
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is EU's program for researcher mobility.
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The grants have been awarded to academic environments at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the form of mobility grants called MSCA – Individual Fellowship.  

The grants are an acknowledgement of quality. Before the grants were awarded, the researchers who got financial support to help build an international career and the researchers who will be their mentors were thoroughly assessed. The budgets amount to about 200,000 Euro, and the projects normally last two years.

High success rate for UiB applications

1200 researchers were selected among almost 9,000 applicants.

– The University of Bergen received a record number of awards and a very good approval rate on  applications for incoming researchers, Senior Adviser Emmanuel Babatunde, from the Division of Research Administration, says. 

Five of UiB’s 23 applications, or 22 percent of the applications, received funding. This is the highest success rate among Norwegian institutions, for which the average is about 15 percent.  Twenty-two grants were awarded to Norway this time. 

These are the projects that the international researchers will be working on while at UiB:

Faculty of Humanities

Jan Kozák from Charles University in Prague comes to UiB under the guidance of Jens Eike Schnall in the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies
Project: SYMBODIN - The Symbolism of the Body in Northern Europe: Cognitive Metaphors and Old Norse Myth from the Viking Age to Late Medieval Times.

Mimi E. Lam from the University of British Columbia comes to UiB under the guidance of Matthias Kaiser at the Centre for the Study of Sciences and the Humanities.
Project: eSEAS – Enhancing Seafood Ethics and Sustainability.

Jens Kristian Larsen from the University of Copenhagen comes to UiB under the guidance of Halvard Fossheimin the Department of Philosophy.
Project: DICTUM: Divide and Collect: Understanding Method in Plato.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teresa Losada Doval, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), is coming to UiB under the guidance of Noel Keenlyside in the Department of Geophysics and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.
Project: DEMODA - Decadal changes in the Atlantic Equatorial Mode. Origin and dynamics. The project and collaboration are a result of the work being done on the EU-supported project PREFACE coordinated by UiB and with UCM as a partner.

Christophe Crespelle from INRIA, France, is coming to UiB under the guidance of Pinar Heggernes in the Department of Informatics.
Project: PROXNET - Modelling Complex Networks Through Graph Editing Problems.

From UiB to Aarhus

Vivi Pedersen, Department of Earth Science, has been awarded a grant in collaboration with Aarhus University, and will be moving there in the autumn.
The project is called EROSIVE - The influence of Earth-surface processes on solid-Earth, ice-sheet, and sea-level interactions for Scandinavian Ice-Sheet collapse.