November 17, 2010

ERC Advanced Grants for Tom Henzinger and Peter Jonas

The European Research Council awarded ERC Advanced Grants for two further IST professors: Tom Henzinger and Peter Jonas.

Computer Scientist Thomas Henzinger, the President of IST Austria, will research aspects of “Quantitative Reactive Modeling”; Neuroscientist Peter Jonas will investigate the “Nanophysiology of fast-spiking, parvalbumin-expressing GABAergic interneurons.” Both grants combined amount to approximately 5 million € for five years starting in 2011.

These allocations raise the number of ERC Advanced Grants awarded to IST professors to three: Nick Barton (Evolutionary Biology) succeeded in receiving this grant in early 2010. This means that currently more than half of the tenured professors of IST are funded by the ERC. In addition, Assistant Professor Sylvia Cremer (Evolutionary and Behavioral Biology) transferred her ERC Starting Grant from her former position at the Universität Regensburg to IST Austria. As of summer 2010, 18 ERC Advanced Grants have been awarded to scientists working in Austria.

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