A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship has been awarded to thirteen researchers for research projects at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The projects will focus, among other things, on sexual communication between moths and emotion regulation in youths.
The Fellowship, which amounts to approximately €180, 000 for each researcher, is meant to stimulate the cross-border mobility of researchers both within and outside the European Union.
A short summary of some of the projects:
Beste Isleyen (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, AISSR) will explore the border management of ‘transit’ migration by Turkish political and security professionals at European Union borders. Her research will focus on everyday forms of ‘risk’ governance and will throw light on the two-way influence of EU and Turkish risk ‘perceptions’ and ‘risk’ technologies, as well as on how such interaction gives way to new intentions, struggles and mobilities.
Fotini Koutroumpa (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics, IBED) investigates the nocturnal Lepidoptera (moths). The females of this important group of crop pests attract males with a species-specific blend of sex pheromones. Koutroumpa will aim to identify and characterise the genetic changes that underlie the males’ response to these pheromones.
In his research, Georgios Siviloglou (Institute of Physics) will focus on synthetic magnetism with ultracold Fermi gases of strontium. Atomic gasses cooled to temperatures close to absolute zero (-273°C) reveal their quantum nature. By optically trapping and controlling ultracold atoms, Siviloglou and his team will examine and realise exotic phenomena related to quantum magnetism.
Maja Wrzesien (who will join the Research Institute of Child Development and Education) conducts research in the area of emotion regulation and mindfulness. Numerous mental health problems in adolenscents such as substance abuse, anxiety disorders and depression are related to poor capacity in Emotion Regulation (ER). Wrzesien will develop a series of experiments which will provide a more personalised programme for parents and schools to teach adaptive ER strategies to adolescents.
The other recipients are:
A Marie Curie Fellowship has also been awarded to Manolis Pratsinakis (AISSR), who will conduct research at the University of Macedonia, Greece.
Individual Fellowships are awarded to promising and experienced researchers and are personal grants. There are two Fellowship types: the European Fellowships (for researchers coming to or moving within Europe) and Global Fellowship (for European researchers who are going to an institute outside of Europe). The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions form part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.