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Tϋbingen - Durham Seedcorn Competition - 2020

Building on their collaborations through the Matariki Network, Durham and Tϋbingen Universities have established a seedcorn fund to support joint research. Through a competitive process, Durham and Tϋbingen Universities jointly advertise, select and fund research projects up to the value 25,000. In addition to strengthening the longstanding ties between Tϋbingen and Durham and the broadening of the existing partnership, it is expected that successful research projects will result in third-party funding applications.

The third round of the competition took place in Spring 2020 and awards totalling €100,000 were made to the following six projects:

  • "The Historical School and International Law: German and British Perspectives"

Prof. Dr. Jochen von Bernstorff, Dean (Law), UT – Lead

Professor Robert Schütze (Law), DU

  • "Earth System Ethics: Unravelling the Planetary Boundaries"

Dr. Jeremy Schmidt, Assistant Professor (Geography), DU - Lead

Dr. Simon Meisch (Ethics and Education), UT

  • "Re-Assessing the State in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)"

Prof. Dr. Oliver Schlumberger, Dr. Mirjam Edel, Dr. Ali Nejad (Political Science), UT - Lead

Professor Emma Murphy, Professor Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Clive Jones, Dr. Rory McCarthy (Political Economy), DU

External partners: Matteo Capasso (EUI Florence), Luiz Martinez (Science Po Paris - CERI), Daniela Pioppi (Universita l'Orientale Naples), Gertjan Hoetjes (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

  • "Expanding comparative investigations into the origins of lithic technology and cumulative culture with wild macaque populations"

Professor Amanda Tan (Anthropology), DU

Dr. Elisa Bandini (Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology), UT

External partners: Professor Suchinda Malaivijitnond (National Primate Research Centre of Thailand - Chulalongkorn University)

  • ‘Containerisation’? transport jars and the emergence of social complexity in the Early Bronze Age Levant: a multi-analytical approach

Dr. Kamal Badreshany, Research Associate; Valentina Tumolo, Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Archeology), DU – Lead

Prof. Dr. Martin Bartelheim; Dr. Marta Díaz-Zorita Bonilla, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Prehistory & Early History), UT

External partners: Maxime Rageot, LMU Munich and TEMOS laboratory - University of Bretagne Sud. Assistant lecturer at UT

  • "Developing a Database of High-resolution Bedrock River Topography"

Dr Rebecca Hodge (Geography), DU - LeadDr Alexander Beer (Geosciences), UT

External partner: Christopher Hackney (Newcastle University)



The second round of this competition took place in 2019 and awards totalling €100,000 were made to the following projects:

  • “Illuminating the Arabian Stone-Age to Bronze-Age transition in Northern Oman”
Knut Bretzke, Research Fellow (Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, TU
Derek Kennet, Associate Professor (Archaeology, DU)
Lead: Tübingen
  • “The effects of mood on effort allocation during uncertainty”
Nils Kroemer, Junior group leader (Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, TU)
Ulrik Beilerholm, Assistant Professor (Department of Psychology, DU)
Lead: Tübingen
  • "Without Order or Narrative? Reading Latin Text Collections from Late Roman Republic to the Early Middle Ages (‘LTC Project’)"
Robert Kirstein, Professor (Classics, TU)
Roy Gibson, Professor (Classics & Ancient History, DU)
Lead: TU
  • "Manipulating plants to increase production of biomaterials"
Peter Etchells, Assistant Professor (Department of Biosciences, DU)
Laura Ragni, Group Leader (Zentrum für Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen, TU)
Lead: DU
  • “Goo, glue, and grain binding: Importance of biofilms for diagenesis in sandstones and carbon storage”
Stuart J Jones, Associate Professor in Sedimentolgy (Earth Sciences, DU)
Andreas Kappler, Professor of Geomicrobiology (Center for Applied Geoscience, Geomicrobiology, TU)
Lead: DU

Tϋbingen - Durham Seedcorn Fund

For further information on projects led by Tϋbingen University, please see the link below