GCE success in latest round of Marie Sklodowska-Curie applications

Introduction: Three Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships for incoming young experienced researchers were granted, while one GCE researcher heads for the United States.

The Marie Slodowska-Curie fellowships for international mobility , each year again, offer the possibility to over 1000 young researchers to expand their scientific horizon within or outside Europe. They are open to all disciplines. As international mobility is crucial for innovative and interdisciplinary research, the MSC actions are popular but consequently also competitive (+/- 14.5 % success rate this year).

At the Global Change Ecology Centre , we are therefore quite delighted that three incoming MSC fellowships were granted for incoming researchers at the research group Plants and Ecosystems. On top, Dieter Heylen , researcher at the Evolutionary Ecology research group , was awarded a fellowship to perform 3 years of research at Princeton University , Cornell University and UHasselt with an outgoing ‘Global Fellowship’.

The incoming researchers are Sebastian Wieneke , Laëtitia Bréchet en Olga Vindušková . Laëtitia will study the role of different ecosystem compartments in the rainforest carbon balance, and specifically the role of different plant parts. Sebastian aims to improve the techniques to measure plantand ecosystem photosynthesis using remote sensing. Finally, Olga investigates how soil fauna impacts on cycling and fluxes of water, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in ecosystems soils.

Dieter Heylen received an outgoing fellowship, to move to Cornell University and Princeton University in the coming years, in a cooperation with UHasselt. Dieters research aims to uncover how co-infection, where a host is infected by multiple pathogens, plays a crucial role in the transmission of diseases between animals and between animals and humans.

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