Wed, 12/09/2020 - 15:24

We are pleased to announce that a member of the NCN Council, Dr hab. Justyna Olko from the Faculty of Artes Liberales of Warsaw University, has just won a prestigious Consolidator Grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). The researcher was selected in the field of humanities and social sciences to carry out a project entitled “Multilingual worlds – neglected histories. Uncovering their emergence, continuity and loss in past and present societies”.

This is the second time that Dr hab. Justyna Olko has won an ERC grant; back in 2012, she went away with the first ever Starting Grant to be awarded to a Polish humanities scholar. She is also the winner of two NCN calls, OPUS 1 and OPUS 15, and since 2018, she has sat on the Council of the National Science Centre. Dr hab. Olko combines research with social involvement in promoting multilingualism, language revival and helping ethnic minorities regain their subjectivity.

The grant’s winners also include two other Polish researchers. Dr Sebastian Glatt from the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology at the Jagiellonian University (MCB UJ) won funding in the life sciences section for a project entitled “Deciphering the role of RNA modifications during ribosomal decoding and protein synthesis”, while Dr hab. inż. Piotr Faliszewski from the Krakow University of Technology will carry out a project devoted to the “Pragmatics of multiwinner voting: algorithms and preference data analysis” in physical sciences and engineering. Dr Glatt has previously won two NCN calls, conducting his projects within the framework of HARMONIA 3 and OPUS 11.

This year’s list of Consolidator Grant winners includes 327 researchers, who were awarded a total of 655 million euro in funding. Since 2008, the ERC has been awarding grants for pioneering research conducted in the European Union and associated countries. The call is targeted at researchers who earned their PhD between 7 and 12 years ago and can already boast an impressive research record, such as publications in major international journals, presentations at renowned, international conferences, as well as secured patents or other distinctions.

Hearty congratulations to all winners!