29 March 2019

Three UCPH researchers receive the EU's most prestigious research grant


Researchers from three different faculties at the University of Copenhagen earn the European Research Council’s most distinguished individual honour - an Advanced Grant.

The European Research Council (ERC) has honored three researchers from the University of Copenhagen with one of the council’s Advanced Grants.

An Advanced Grants is the most prestigious individual grant awarded under the EU's research programme Horizon 2020. The grant is aimed at experienced, excellent researchers who wish to pursue a particularly original and groundbreaking research idea.

Self-identity, digital attention and the origin of the solar system

The three Advanced Grant recipients come from three different faculties at the University of Copenhagen. Therefore it is also three very different research projects, which now kicks off.

The three researchers and their projects are:

Professor Dan Zahavi
Faculty of Humanities (Department of Media, Cognition and Communication - Center for Subjectivity Research)

Research Project: Who are we? Self-identity, Social Cognition, and Collective Intentionality
Dan Zahavi’s project will investigate the connection between human self-identity and collective identity and what it takes to be a part of a greater community.
Read more about Dan Zahavis project here

Professor Morten Axel Pedersen
Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Anthropology - Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science)

Research Project: The Political Economy of Distraction in Digitised Denmark
Morten Axel Pedersen project will shed light on the major tech companies’ battle for our attention by investigating attention as a scarce resource in one of the world’s most digitised countries – Denmark.
Read more about Morten Axel Pedersens project here

Professor Martin Bizzarro
Faculty of Science (Natural History Museum of Denmark - Centre for Star and Planet formation)

Research Project: Probing the history of matter in deep time
Martin Bizzarro’s project will investigate the special circumstances that created our solar system and thereby the conditions for habitable planets, such as Earth.

The European Research Council has awarded Advanced Grants since 2008. With the three new grants, researchers from University of Copenhagen received 21 of the prestigious grants in total.

The grant amount for an Advanced Grant is about DKK 18 million over five years.