War and post-war periods have a strong impact on the life of people, but women are often invisible in the historical accounts relating them. ERC grantee Marta Verginella at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia explores the position of women in post-war times and the role that they played in border areas in the North-Eastern Adriatic area.
What holds Europe together? In the face of economic instability, shifting political trends and a global pandemic, this question comes to mind more and more often. ERC grantee Anelia Kassabova is part of a team of four researchers who, in 2019, won a Synergy Grant to investigate this issue and find what really ‘unites us in diversity’.
African countries, like all others, have been taking measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Their success partly depends on how the population and their goods move through the continent. As part of our series on the ERC’s Scientific Officers and their favourite ERC funded research, political scientist Inge Ruigrok reflects on her own work in Africa. In parallel, she takes a timely look at Paul Nugent’s research into transport hubs, corridors and borders in African states.
Classicist Julie Baleriaux, part of the ERC’s team of Scientific Officers, describes her career path and shares with us some fascinating ERC funded research. Egyptologist Verena Lepper is deciphering 4000 years’ worth of text to uncover the secrets of an Island.
During 2019, many ERC-funded projects led to scientific breakthroughs, important discoveries and exciting results. Here we showcase a few of these examples.
Read more: Annual report on the ERC activities and achievements in 2019
When you think of the Renaissance period in Europe, what springs to mind? Perhaps the Medici family in Italy where the Renaissance is said to have begun, or the discovery of the ‘New World’ by Europeans like Christopher Columbus or Abel Tasman. But have you heard of the Jagiellonians?
“Once lost is lost", one may think, especially if the piece of forgotten patrimony is an opera from 1850 that is “incomplete, too fragmented and irretrievable”, according to the experts. Except for Dr. David Trippet: like an art restorer holding fine paintbrushes, he has dedicated three years of intensive research to retrieve the unborn opera, bringing the music and libretto back to life 170 years later.