No fewer than 25 researchers from the UvA and Amsterdam UMC have been awarded Veni grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Felix Wierstra, who will join the Korteweg-de Vries Institute as a postdoc researcher in the group of Sergey Shadrin, received a grant worth up to 250,000 euros which can be used to further develop his research idea for the next three years.
Dr Felix Wierstra received the grant for his project entitled 'New algebraic structures to describe geometric shapes'.
Topology is the study of geometric shapes. For example, a football and a tire are both hollow, but in a different way. Topologists try to describe these objects with algebraic structures, like a multiplication. The goal of this project is to develop new multiplications that describe these geometric objects.
Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. Researchers in the Talent Programme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.