Match between the fellow's profile and project
The applicant’s initial training is in architecture. The role of architecture in the multi- and interdisciplinary co-operation with other engineering sciences and with economic sciences and sociology has been a focus of the project. Such a position of the interface architecture-structure has been requested.
Another focus of the project was the preservation of the housing buildings of the early XXth century. In the proposed re-integration project this focus will continue, the same built heritage, in the same countries being subject of investigation from another point of view. If, compatible with the host of the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship the seismic retrofit was the subject of the initial fellowship, for the reintegration the ergonomic zoning of flats will be the subject.
Assessment from the supervisor (intermediary report after the first year of activity):
During this first year of activity, the fellow has excelled on all aspects related to the project, from progress on technical knowledge to dissemination of achieved results, passing by interaction with a wide range of multi-disciplinary specialists. Indeed, it has been with great pleasure that I, as scientist-in-charge, have been able to witness the mature way in which the fellow has triggered a series of contacts and collaborations with experts on a number of different fields, all of which relevant to the project's objectives, with a view to both enrich her technical/scientific knowledge but also to warrant pertinent collaboration synergies and dissemination effectiveness.
Such successful progress can be readily gathered simply by going through the extensive and most relevant list of publications, conference addresses, editorial activities and session chairmanships in which the fellow has been involved over the past 12 months. In this respect, the fellow has thus distinguished herself by possessing both the ability to carry out state-of-the-art research as well as being able to interact in the most effective of manner with fellow scientists, a quality not always already available in some of peers, given the relatively young age.
Given the notoriously international flavour of the host institution (students and/or alumni at the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk come from 50 different countries in the World, and are lectured by faculty members arriving from all five continents) it has also been possible to verify first-hand the international impact that this project's activities are already having; discussion with different internationally renowned scholars has confirmed that the work of the fellow is very much known and commended. These scientists have also expressed deep appreciation for the fellow's seriousness, persistence and focus.
Finally, it is also worth mentioning that in this first year of activities the host has clearly benefited from the activities of the CA'REDIVIUS project. Indeed, and to start with, the complementary nature, with respect to the host, of the fellow's skills has enriched the work portfolio of the former, where only strictly structural engineering projects had taken place before. The work-scientific methodology adopted has also complemented typical practice at the host, which previously used to focus on mathematical-experimental type of activities only, whilst now features also the analytical-cultural-field approach that characterise this project. Thirdly, the fellow has contributed to an increase in the host activities on the cultural heritage front (an area in which Italy in particular, and Europe as a whole, are particularly interested in), bringing in data and results on countries such as Romania and Greece, which had not been studied up-until-now at the host.
In other words, and to put it shortly, working closely with this fellow has been so far a pleasure and I am certainly looking very much forward to the second year of activities, as well as to its conspicuously ensued successful outcomes.