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Our Emerging Talents

FAU is proud of its talents and these excellent young researchers who have received ETI funding. Their common goal is to submit an application to an external funding provider.

Our promising young researchers in the faculties

The information about funding recipients refers to the time period during which funding was awarded.

Chair of Book Studies

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Junior professorship for modern German literature with a focus on literature for children and young adults

Website

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Forgotten literatures of the long 19th century

Project details

Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Education with a focus on culture and aesthetic education

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of German Linguistics

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Institute of Sociology

Website

Start of ETI funding: 2018

The democratic closure. The discursive construction of the migrant ‘other’.

The project investigates how liberal democracies in times of late-capitalist transnationalisation deal with ‘migrant others’ from the perspective of political theory. How does (not) belonging come about and how does the discursive construction of alterity function with respect to migration/displaced persons? The project is based on the assumption that liberal democracies trigger specific mechanisms in inclusion and exclusion (‘closure’) on a juridico-political, social-cultural and spatial-material dimension in which gendered and racialised othering and essentialised perceptions of the ‘migrant other’ are taken into account. Here, the project focuses on deriving the affective logic, the conditions for producing knowledge and the normalisation effects. This involves not only reflecting upon the way liberal democracies deal with migrants, undocumented persons and displaced persons, but also critically examining the efficacy of liberal-democratic normative assumptions – freedom and equality – in the discussion about migration.

Chair of Political Science I

Website

Start of ETI funding: 2017

The cultural political economy of austerity in Germany and the United Kingdom in the era of neo-liberalism. A critical, realistic corpus-based multimodal analysis of discourse

Based on the work of philosophical pioneers of critical realism in general and the approach of cultural political economy (CPE) in particular, this project attempts to decipher the relationship between semiotic forms and material forces in media discourses about austerity. By incorporating the materialistic social psychology of Erich Fromm as well as investigating multimodality from a (meta) theoretical and methodological and methodical perspective, the project aims to further develop the foundations of CPE thus simultaneously gaining a deeper understanding of austerity in Germany and the United Kingdom in the era of neo-liberalism using a corpus-based multimodal analysis of discourse.

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Chair of Educational Psychology and Excellence Research

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Institute for Psychology (IFP)

Website, CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2019

The influence of maternal postpartum mental illness on parent-child attachment

Around one in ten mothers are at risk of developing psychological disorders after giving birth. Without treatment, these disorders can become chronic and have an immense effect on the relationship between mother and child and thus on the child’s development. Maternal sensitivity is an important factor that can serve to strengthen the bond between mother and child and as a protective factor for further development. Maternal sensitivity is impaired in postpartum disorders. Prof. G. Spangler, Dr. S. Gabler and I have been working with the mother and child day clinics in South Nuremberg and Dresden since 2015 to perform standardised analysis of video footage of interactions between mothers and their children.

Thanks to the ETI funding, 50 families from our sample at the day clinics and 50 healthy families are currently being invited back to participate in our study again to enable us to classify the bond between the parents and their 12-24 month old children. In addition, all participating parents will receive some questionnaires about further risk factors.

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Chair of Romance Studies: Literature and Culture

Website

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Para-societies. Parallel and alternative social formations in contemporary cultures and literatures

Forms of parallel sociality such as migrant camps, gated communities, religious special-status communities and communes are a phenomena of modernity and their numbers are growing as society becomes increasingly singular. The discourse surrounding them is often emotionally charged, whether they are perceived as a driving force for positive development of society and thus as a living example of utopia or whether they are perceived as a threat to social cohesion and cultural unity.

This interdisciplinary network, which is receiving funding from the DFG from 10 January 2018 to 9 January 2021, is based in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Literature and Culture (IZG) and brings together researchers from cultural studies, literary and media studies as well as theoretical approaches from German studies, English studies, American studies, Romance studies, media studies, philosophy and art history for a comparative cultural analysis of such ‘parallel societies’ in contemporary literature and film.

Third-party funding application: DFG, academic network

Institute for Psychogerontology (IPG)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of General Psychology (Motivation, Emotion and Learning)

Website, CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of English Studies, in particular Linguistics

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Art History

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Political Science II

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Institute of Sociology

Website

Start of ETI funding: 2017

The imaginary at the boundaries of the social world

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Chair of Chinese Studies

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Institute for Prehistory and Protohistory

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Sport Science (Exercise and Health)

Website, CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Aerobic exercise to enhance motor skill learning in Parkinson’s disease

The positive effects of regular cardiovascular (i.e. aerobic) exercise on cognitive function are well established. Recent evidence suggests that memory formation is enhanced even by acute bouts of aerobic exercise, and behavioural studies on motor learning in healthy adults confirm these findings. The proposed project investigates whether a single acute bout of aerobic exercise performed immediately before practice can facilitate motor skill learning in individuals with existing motor control and learning impairments. For this purpose, patients in early to mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease will be studied. The results will deliver first behavioural data to verify recently proposed models and could serve as a proof of concept for other neurodegenerative disorders. From a more practical perspective, this work evaluates a safe and inexpensive strategy to optimize learning processes, which are essential in neurorehabilitation.

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Chair of Sport Science (Exercise and Health)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Economic Theory

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Economic Theory

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Erlangen Centre of Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Economic Theory

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Information Systems (Services, Processes, and Intelligence)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of International Studies

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Information Systems, Innovation and Value Creation

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Public Law and International Law and Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Macroeconomics

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Public Finance

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Social Policy

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Who benefits from New Housing Supply?

This project investigates the relationship between building new housing and rents in the lower segment of rent distribution. New housing is usually built in the upper price segment. Inhabitants of new housing units move out from their old housing thus leaving a vacant unit for new tenants or owners. New homes thus trigger a series of moves that should ultimately also lead to lower rents for older homes that are of a poorer quality. However, depending on market conditions, property owners may use the opportunity to upgrade vacant units. In that case, rents at the lower end of the market remain unaffected. This relationship is investigated empirically and theoretically in this project. The ETI funding was used for important preparatory work for the empirical strategy. The project is being funded by the DFG for 2 years and began on 1 July 2019.

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Chair of Economic Theory

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Organic Chemistry II

CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Third-party funding application: European Research Council, ERC Starting Grant

Chair of Chemistry of Thin Film Materials

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Professorship for Microbiology

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Institute of Geography

Start of ETI funding: 2017

GeoZentrum Nordbayern (Palaeontology)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Developmental Biology

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Institute of Geography

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Endogenous Geodynamics

Start of ETI funding: 2019

GeoZentrum Nordbayern (Palaeontology)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Theoretical Physics I

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Inorganic and General Chemistry

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Aroma and Smell Research

Website, CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Current methods in research on olfactory perception: psychophysiological responses to olfactory events

When olfactory stimuli reach the olfactory epithelium, they entail a range of physiological processes on a peripheral and central level, thereby leading to an olfactory percept. A change in the autonomous nervous system’s activity is generally part of the perceiving organism’s response to the odour, and is known to reflect central processing of the stimulus. As such, it can be used to study human olfactory perception, and to deduce cognitive evaluation processes and their impact on behaviour, as well as their modulation by an individual’s psychological or physiological conditions. Currently, however, the methods used in psychophysiological research dedicated to olfactory perception vary between laboratories, and it is unclear to which extent methodological details impact the outcome of such studies and may thus contribute to conflicting results. In the proposed project, different methods of odour application and data processing will be evaluated, with the aim of establishing recommendations for future research.

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Chair of Genetics

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Organic Chemistry I

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Chemistry of Thin Film Materials

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Inorganic and General Chemistry

Website

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Organic Biradicals for Optoelectronic Applications

Third-party funding application: DFG

Chair of Solid State Physics

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Organic Chemistry II

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Developmental Biology

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Genetics

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Junior Professorship for Bioinformatics

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Applied Mathematics

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRT)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Materials Science (Corrosion and Surface Technology)

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Materials Science (Materials in Electronics and Energy Technology)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Bioprocess Engineering

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Applied Mechanics

Website

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Multiscale modelling of nervous tissue: comprehensively linking microstructure, pathology, and mechanics

The current project aims to develop microstructurally motivated mechanical models for brain tissue that facilitate early diagnostics of neurological disorders and enable the development of novel treatment strategies. We will experimentally characterize the behaviour of brain tissue across scales by using versatile mechanical testing techniques. Through an accompanying microstructural analysis, we will evaluate the complex interplay of brain structure, mechanics and function. We will further assess dynamic changes in tissue properties during development and disease, due to changes in the mechanical environment of cells (mechanosensing), or external loading. Based on these data, we will develop microstructurally motivated constitutive and evolution laws that describe the regionally and temporally varying mechanical behaviour of brain tissue. Through computational simulations, we will predict the behaviour of brain tissue under physiological and pathological conditions

Chair of Computer Science 5 (Pattern Recognition)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Applied Mechanics

Website, CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Numerical and experimental study of the deposition of micro-sized non-spherical solid particles in the nasal cavity

The deposition of atmospheric particulate matter in the nasal cavity, typically in the micro range and non-spherical in shape, has been gaining interest in recent years. It is important to investigate the deposition fraction of particles in the nasal cavity since these particles can be easily removed via nasal wash. Remaining particles are transported to the upper and lower airways as well as the alveoli of the deep lung. Most force and torque models for non-spherical particles are only valid for limited flow conditions. However, the flow field in the nasal cavity is rather complex and it is necessary to establish an accurate numerical model for tracking the motion of non-spherical particles moving in the nasal cavity in connection with experimental validation. Moreover, many people have the problem of a deviated nasal septum and it is necessary to understand its influence on the pressure drop and the deposition fraction of particles.

Third-party funding application: Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (SGC), cooperation groups

Chair of Energy Process Engineering

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Materials Science (General Material Properties)

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Materials Science (Glass and Ceramics)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Computer Science 4 (Distributed Systems and Operating Systems)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Particle Technology

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Electronic Components

Website, CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Manufacturing and characterising heterostructures from 2D materials

Research into new materials plays a key role in the development of electronic components. Special attention is currently being paid in science to so-called 2D materials, which have significant differences from bulk materials in terms of their electrical, optical, and mechanical properties. The planned research project involves using various techniques for manufacturing heterostructures from 2D materials. During the further course of the project, hybrid stacks comprising 2D materials with varying properties will be manufactured and their optical characteristics will be categorised. A special method developed during preliminary work is being used to determine the number of single layers in the 2D material. This enables non-destructive and flexible optical characterisation of the 2D materials over a large surface area.

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Chair of Materials Science (Glass and Ceramics)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Computer Science 12 (Hardware/Software Co-Design)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Materials Science (Glass and Ceramics)

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Materials Science (Corrosion and Surface Technology)

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Electronics Engineering

Webseite

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Balancing the demands of medical engineering and ethics when gathering and using sensor data in wearable and implantable systems for monitoring chronic medical conditions

An increasing number of patients with chronic medical conditions are being fitted with sensors in or on the body to monitor their health and to detect any deterioration in their condition at an early stage. Which data can be collected technically using these systems is initially a medical engineering issue. However, the increasing popularity of mobile data collection in our everyday lives and the use of this data by various parties makes it clear that collecting medical data in this way is also an ethical issue in terms of data sovereignty. This project therefore aims to investigate how recommendations for the design of implantable or wearable medical sensor systems can be drawn up that allow diagnostic, technical and ethical requirements to be met in equal measure. On the one hand, this involves drawing up specific recommendations for medical engineers, and on the other, discussing how to weigh up the requirements involved.

Third-party funding application: DFG, research grants

Advanced Optical Technologies – Thermophysical Properties

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Process Technology and Machinery (IPAT)

CRIS profile

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Materials Science (Materials in Electronics and Energy Technology)

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Thermal Process Technology

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems

Start of ETI funding: 2017

Chair of Materials Science (Biomaterials)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Computer Science 3 (Computer Architecture)

Start of ETI funding: 2018

Chair of Materials Science (Glass and Ceramics)

Start of ETI funding: 2019

Chair of Materials Science (Biomaterials)

Start of ETI funding: 2018