Independent thinking and leadership qualities
The proposer has had numerous initiatives in the past as:
- organisation of conference session series on “Natural Hazards Impact on Urban Areas and Infrastructure”, featuring solicited speakers and assuring several times grants for young researchers, described at the previous point;
- organisation of a conference session on an urban mineralogy topic, described at the previous point as well;
- editing of journal special issues in:
- the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Springer), activity concluded with No. 2 in Volume 4, published in May 2006 and featuring a preface, six papers and a book review;
- the journal Natural Hazards (Springer), publishing agreement signed, in work, four papers in review, two or three more waited for;
- the International Journal of Architectural Heritage (Taylor and Francis) on multidisciplinary approaches to heritage spaces, five papers submitted, four reviewed so far, the authors being requested to do major changes.
- Edited book initiative, together with scientists from another institutions, Ákos Török from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Richard Prikryl from Charles University Prague, on the topic “Materials in Historic Structures. Subtitle: Technologies, materials, practices in European heritage constructions”
- Active participation in the voluntary project “World Housing Encyclopedia” contributing eleven reports on vulnerable housing types in Romania, Germany and Switzerland;
- Further elaboration of the sociology of architecture seminar work up to a book.
Leadership positions of the proposer were:
- supervisor of two diploma (final dissertation for the diploma German degree) works and of an individual study at the Institute for Technology and Management in Construction of the Universität Karlsruhe, Germany;
- student leader in the Hans Dickmann Kolleg, where the applicant was in 1999-2000 two terms long in the self-administrative council, responsible for the organisation of student events, the administration of funds, and the representation of student interests;
- member of the Advisory Board of the Marie Curie Fellowship Association June-December 2003 in charge for Scientific Exchange. The work encompassed co-operation with the other members of the board at European level, scientific correspondence, elaboration of the WWW pages of the group, representation at conferences;
- member of the editorial board of the World Housing Encyclopedia 2003-2006. The work encompassed co-operation with the board, representation on conferences, writing of technical reports on vulnerable building types in Europe;
- main scientific organiser and chairperson at the mentioned sessions on “Natural Hazards’ Impact on Urban Areas and Infrastructure” and “Challenges to historical materials in urban/anthropic environment”;
- chairperson at a session within the International Association for Shells and Spatial Structures Symposium in Bucharest and Poiana Brasov, 2005. The applicant was then invited to write a short position paper on the interface architecture-structure following the round table at the end of the conference;
- reporter on “How to stimulate interdisciplinary research” at the European Marie Conference in Tuscany, Italy, 2005.
In the early research training phase the applicant pursued her activity at the Institute for Construction Machinery, later named Institute for Technology and Management in Construction, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany. Project Management skills were gained here both in training-through-research as well as through courses, like the course on project management for architects or the “Project Management and Organisation” certificate course, which encompassed basics of organisation, project management, leading of personal, innovation management. The gained knowledge was useful in the management of the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship project pursued afterwards. The knowledge existing so far will be useful for transfer at the institution host of the re-integration grant, where project management courses are being offered and the applicant would be involved in co-ordination of these courses.
Co-ordination of courses at the host would be a great opportunity to complete the curriculum of the applicant, who so far held no courses, even if she was involved in teaching through supervision of students. It would be useful to open the opportunity to transfer to a university on the career path.