We are delighted to announce the winners of the first Inter Circle U. Prize!

Congratulations to Professor Robert Arlinghaus (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Manon Bajard (University of Oslo) and Dr. Barbara McGillivray (King’s College London), for their innovative and novel approaches to inter- and trans-disciplinary research.

Winners of the Inter Circle U. Prize 2022: Professor Robert Arlinghaus, Dr. Manon Bajard and Dr. Barbara McGillivray.

The Inter Circle U. Prize (ICUP) is an award designed to showcase and highlight some of our best examples of inter- and transdisciplinary research.

The Call for Applications, launched in March 2022, attracted 19 applications, submitted both by individual researchers and teams from seven Circle U. universities. All career stages (Ph.D. students, post-docs, research fellows, assistant and full professors) were represented among the applicants.

The multidisciplinary evaluation panel, comprised of 9 academics from Circle U. universities, selected three applications that were, in their eyes, using most innovative and novel approaches in applying inter- and trans-disciplinarity to their research. 

The ICUP prize winners

In June 2022, the ICUP prize was awarded to three research projects carried out at Circle U. universities. Among the Principal Investigators (PIs) representing the winning teams are :

Robert Arlinghaus – Towards Sustainable Fisheries

Professor Robert Arlinghaus from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, specialized in the field of integrative fisheries management, for the team project “Towards Sustainable Fisheries”.

Together with his team, he studies fisheries, specifically recreational fisheries, from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective focusing on the impact of fisheries on fish stocks and the feedbacks of ecological changes on fisher communities as coupled social-ecological systems. He is coordinator of the project “Sustainable Fisheries”, in which solutions for sustainable inland and coastal fisheries were developed in joint collaboration with local and regional stakeholders. The scientific studies proceed from an interdisciplinary perspective asking fundamental ecological and socio-economic questions about how the human-environment interaction functions. On top, the projects regularly involve stakeholder in the co-design and co-development of management solutions through joint experimentation at the scale of exploited lakes.

Manon Bajard – Vikings

Dr. Manon Bajard, researcher in sedimentology, soil and paleoclimate at the University of Oslo, for the team project “VIKINGS : Volcanic Eruptions and Their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society”.

Her research focus on socio-environmental dynamics and climate changes during the Holocene. She uses lake sediments to reconstruct past climate and environmental changes to understand how societies responded to climate changes in the past.

Ingar M. Gundersen is an archaeologist from the University of Oslo, working on the vulnerability of society of the inlands of eastern Norway in the Iron Age. He wrote a PhD thesis about the “Fimbulwinter” hypothesis, analysing and interpreting archaeological records, as well as proxy modelling (radiocarbon dates) and GIS simulations of cereal growth conditions to downscale volcano-climate-society impacts and processes to the local sites.

Manon and Ingar’s ICUP-winning project, VIKINGS: Volcanic Eruptions and Their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society, aims to understand the role of volcanic eruptions and climate change in shaping the early history of Scandinavia from 500 to 1250 AD. VIKINGS combines high-resolution (sub-annual to decadal) paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental reconstructions (analysis of ice cores, lake sediments and tree rings) with archaeological record analysis and earth system climate modelling to gain unprecedented insights into the dust veil triggered by volcanic eruptions and better understand the resulting socio-environmental dynamics in the historical period.

Barbara McGillivray – The Language of Mechanisation

Dr. Barbara McGillivray, lecturer in digital humanities and cultural computation at King’s College London, for the team project “The Language of mechanisation”. 

Her research focusses on computational models of meaning and conceptual change in historical and contemporary texts and she is Co-Investigator of the Living with Machines project.

Her ICUP-winning project, “The Language of Mechanisation” realises an experiment in radically interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration at the intersection between history, computational linguistics, data science, library science and research software engineering. The project aims to leverage the potential of historical digitised records at scale, particularly the British Newspapers Archive, to analyse the impact of mechanisation on the lives of ordinary people during Britain’s rapid transformation into an industrial society.

Award ceremony

The winning teams will receive the ICUP at the award ceremony to be held during the Conference on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research for sustainable development at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) on 24-25 November 2022.

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Published July 13, 2022 11:24 AM - Last modified Oct. 31, 2022 3:16 PM