Research grants for German and Dutch Post-Docs

7 February 2011

The Dutch medical researcher Steven Olde Damink and the German scientists Ralf Martin Jäger and Johan Frederic Hartle have been awarded this year's Hendrik Casimir-Karl Ziegler research grants.

The grants will be presented tomorrow at the North-Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Sciences and Humanities (NRWAdW) in Düsseldorf. The EUR 50,000 grants are to enable the winner to spend a year doing research in the neighbouring country. The money is made available by the KNAW and the NRWAdW.
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>Steven Olde Damink, a surgeon at Maastricht University Hospital, will carry out research on liver surgery at the department of Transplant Surgery at Essen University Hospital. Liver surgery is a field that has developed enormously in the past five years and in an increasing number of cases of metastasis (secondary tumours) in the liver it is now possible to carry out a curative operation to remove the affected part of the liver. Results are extremely good. Olde Damink will investigate ways of increasing the options available in such operations. He will be looking, for example, at whether it is possible to predict how much of the liver can be removed and at how damage to the liver cells caused by operating can be prevented or at least minimised.
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>The musicologist Ralf Martin Jäger will be joining the department of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Groningen to conduct research on the topic of "Europe, the Netherlands, and the musical cultures of East and Southeast Asia". His research will focus on the role of the Dutch East India Company in cultural transfer between East and Southeast Asia on the one hand and Europe on the other.
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>The philosopher Johan Frederic Hartle will be working at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam on Spinoza's contribution to political philosophy and its significance for political philosophy today. His research will focus on Spinoza's concept of potentia multitudinis (the power of the multitude) as the central concept in political philosophy.
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>The Hendrik Casimir-Karl Ziegler research grants commemorate the first president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Prof. Hendrik Casimir, and the first president of the North-Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Sciences and Humanities (NRWAdW) Prof. Karl Ziegler. They are awarded annually to a young Dutch postdoctoral researcher from the Netherlands and one from North Rhine-Westphalia. The Hendrik Casimir-Karl Ziegler research grants are awarded alternately in the natural and life sciences (including technical sciences) (2005, 2007) and in the humanities and social sciences (2004, 2006).