Italian historian from Polish academy receives prestigious research grant

The Italian historian Valentina Lepri from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) has received a Consolidator Grant worth EUR 1.7 mln from the European Research Council (ERC), PAN said in an official statement.

The ERC will fund Lepri's project entitled From East to West, and Back Again: Student Travel and Transcultural Knowledge Production in Renaissance Europe (c. 1470 - c. 1620). The historian will research how travel by students in Renaissance Europe affected the development of knowledge and culture. It will be the first major study on the forming of inter-cultural knowledge in Europe of the early modern epoch.

The research will be conducted in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The list of Consolidator Grant winners includes 301 scientists from around Europe, whose funds total EUR 600 mln.

PAN said that the Consolidator Grant was also given to the Polish scientist, Anna Matysiak from the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The ERC launched the grants in 2008, they are awarded for pioneering research in the EU and EU-associated countries. The Consolidator Grant is addressed to researchers with 7-12 years of experience after completion of a PhD.