29 European grants for young scientists8 September 2016
This year the Netherlands received 29 European Starting Grants for young scientists, three less than last year. Only big countries like Germany, the United Kingdom and France secured more. This year there is one Starting Grant for a TU/e scientist: Roland Tóth, Assistant Professor in the Control Systems group (Electrical Engineering), is the fortunate one.
The Hungarian Tóth has been granted the European subsidy of 1.5 million euros to develop new control systems for the high-tech industry. He focuses in particular on the so-called LPV (linear parameter-varying) control of physical systems.
The Starting Grants distributed by the European Research Council (ERC) every year, are intended for young scientists who have acquired two to seven years of research experience after having obtained their PhD. Altogether 2,935 proposals were submitted of which 325 were honored (eleven percent). Total value: 485 million euros, 56 million more than last year.
The quality of education seems to have slipped at TU/e. In the latest Dutch-language guide to universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten), Eindhoven's university has dropped from third place in the overall ranking to seventh place in the course of a year. "It's understandable but it's not good," says President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, "and it is all the more reason to push on with introducing an upper limit on student intake to our programs. This is a result of the strong growth in student numbers."
Eindhoven's iGEM team has arrived in Boston. In the coming days, the students will participate in the Giant Jamboree, competing with nearly three hundred teams from all over the world. Their competition entry is their project GUPPI, in which they propose encapsulating tumors in a gel to prevent them growing and spreading.
As well as professors, from now on associate professors (UHD-1) at TU/e may also confer doctoral degrees on PhD candidates. Sixty associate professors were awarded the right to confer doctoral degrees at the start of this academic year after the move was approved by the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands shortly before the summer recess. “We couldn't wait to introduce this here.”
Before you google yet another one of my invented diseases and subsequently begin to question the title of this story, let me tell you this. With a new academic year having begun and a shiny new batch of freshmen accompanying it, the university is full of people suffering from the so-called octopus syndrome.