Russia awards 3.3 million euros to UvA professor Peter Sloot
The Russian Federation has awarded an individual research grant of 3.3 million euros to Peter Sloot, professor of Computational Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), as part of the Leading Scientist programme. This was recently announced by the Russian Minister for Education and Science, Andre Fursenko. Sloot will use the grant to set up a PhD programme and research laboratory in Russia. He is one of the few non-Russian scientists, and the only Dutchman, to receive the grant. A total of 507 nominations were submitted, of which 40 were accepted.
Sloot will use the funds to set up a PhD programme and research laboratory in the field of Urgent Computing at Saint Petersburg State University. Urgent Computing focuses on using supercomputers to collect and analyse data as quickly as possible in the event of a (future) disaster or emergency, such as a flood, pandemic or terrorist attack. Mathematical models are subsequently used to predict the potential effects or impact and possible preventative control. The research will take place at the state university’s ITMO e-Science research institute, and is closely related to the research conducted by Sloot’s research group at the UvA. The Netherlands Institute in St. Petersburg will assist in coordinating the project.
About the ‘Leading Scientist’ programme
On 9 April 2010, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decree No 220: ‘Measures to Attract Leading Scientists to Russian Educational Institutions.’ The aim of this decree is for the Russian government to award grants to internationally renowned scientists to stimulate top research at Russian universities. The grants are awarded once every three years for a period of three years, with a possible extension of two years.
About Peter Sloot
Prof. P.M.A. Sloot (1956) has been connected to the UvA’s Informatics department since 1988. In 1990, he set up a research group in the field of computer simulation. Since 2002, Peter Sloot has been professor of Computational Sciences at the UvA and a visiting professor at many universities abroad. In his research, which is multidisciplinary in nature, he focuses mainly on information modeling in dynamic complex systems applied to biomedicine. In recent years his research group has developed computer simulations of, among other things, the dynamics and spread of epidemics, most notably HIV. Sloot heads two major European research projects, ViroLab and DynaNets, and oversees several other projects funded by, among others, the National Science Foundation (NSF), The National Institute of Health (USA) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
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