Next Generation EU: 5 Young Researchers UniGe (Eng)

The Ministry of Universities and Research, as part of the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), Mission 4 "Education and Research" - Component 2 "From research to business", Investment 1. 2 "Funding of projects presented by young researchers" and NextGenerationEU programs, financed the research projects of 5 young researchers, affiliated to the University of Genoa, who recently won or participated, obtaining the Seal of Excellence certification, in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships or Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships within the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe Framework Programmes.

The funding awarded by the University of Genoa is intended to implement projects of young researchers, who in their career have demonstrated potential for research independence and the ability to build an excellent track record. The 5 young researchers, affiliated to the Departments of Architecture and Design – DAD, Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering – DICCA, Education Sciences – DISFOR and Mathematics – DIMA, will carry out their individual projects for the next 2 up to 3 years.

This excellent achievment is the result of a strategy developed by the University of Genoa to increase its attractiveness to talented researchers from all over the world by strengthening its participation in European funding for scientific research excellence.

The 5 winners

Jacopo Emmenegger is the principal investigator of “An Effective Model of the Univalence Axiom (EffUA)” at the Department of Mathematics – DIMA. The project concerns the theory of dependent types, a powerful formal language used to verify the correctness of software and of mathematical proofs. To this end, the principles of this theory must have explicit algorithmic behavior, which the project aims to investigate by combining tools from formal logic and geometry (recursion theory and homotopy theory). In particular, the focus will be on the Univalence Axiom, an important principle recently introduced by Fields medalist V. Voevodsky to characterize when two mathematical structures can be considered equal once expressed in type theory.

Andrea Lira-Loarca is the principal investigator of “Enhanced Assessment of Future Coastal Multi-Hazards and Compound Risks in the Mediterranean Sea (FOCUSMed)”, a project to be carried out at the MeteOcean research group of the Department of Chemical, Civil and Environmental Engineering – DICCA. FOCUSMed aims to understand and assess the impacts and risks of changes in coastal water levels in the Mediterranean Sea using advanced modelling and analysis techniques. The aim is to create projections of extreme events for future scenarios and devise strategies for risk management, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Decade.

Ervis Martani is the principal investigator of "Investigating the functioning and effectiveness of community Sponsorship Programs for the Integration of refugees in the European context: comparing private sponsorship schemes in Italy, France and Germany (INSPIRE)" at the Department of Education Sciences – DISFOR. The INSPIRE project investigates in a comparative perspective the adequacy and effectiveness of private sponsorship schemes for the integration of refugees implemented in Italy, France and Germany. The aim is to explore their functioning, similarities, differences and analyze their performance through a set of integration indicators, including education, access to the labour market and housing.

Beatrice Moretti is the principal investigator of "PULSE - The Port-clUster LandScapE: Developing a Spatial and Design Approach to Port Clusters", a research project aimed at studying the spatial, urban and architectural impacts related to the clustering phenomenon in contemporary European ports. In synergy with the researches of the Department Architecture and Design – DAD focused for years on coastal landscapes and port cities, such as the Coastal Design Lab directed by Carmen Andriani, PULSE will be implemented in collaboration with the Italian Centre of Excellence in Logistics, Transports and Infrastructures – CIELI of UniGe. PULSE will formulate a toolkit of design strategies, lexical categories and multi-level maps aimed at recognizing port clusters as a challenging field for architecture and urban design.

Federica Pompejano is the principal investigator of "Landscapes of Industrial Production: Documenting and Assessing 20th century (post)Industrial Landscapes as Resources (Land-In-Pro)", a research project to be implemented at the Department Architecture and Design – DAD, in collaboration with the research group of the Laboratory of Analytical Methods for Restoration and History of the Built Environment – MARSC led by Stefano Francesco Musso, and in cooperation with Bianca Federici (Geomatics Laboratory, Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering – DICCA). Land-In-Pro will identify and investigate the legacy of (de)industrialisation processes in the peculiar Ligurian landscape, critically unfolding new perspectives for the conservation and sustainable reuse of these resources.