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Research training assessment


We opted, given the scarcity of additional funds in Romania, for an individual project in case of this project. She worked the equivalent of 36 person-months, the correspondent of full time employment of the project duration on the project. It was also possible, not being labor based, to carry out the work individually. However, it had a strong travel component, as to the conference attendance field trips to different locations of objects of the study added.
The fellow worked very much independently. She authored publications mainly alone, but about one quarter of the publications of the project were authored together with researchers from other institutions, from Romania but mostly from abroad, in frame of the international collaborations which the project has triggered. In only four of them she was not the main author.
The fellow participated to a total of 56 conferences, out of which 18 were active, with oral or poster presentation. She also organised conference sessions, first as Splinter meeting, then as regular session from which a book arises, in frame of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, and two further conference sessions will be organised after the end of the project (in Rome at the Associazione della Storia Urbana congress and in Chianciano Terme, Italy at the 12th International Conference on Structural Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture). The more than double number of passive conference participation was mostly in Bucharest, to get known in the local scientific scene. We also note that many of these conferences have the Romanian conference format, which is only one invited talk. Even if they are grouped, they are still invited talks. A list of all conference participations is given on the website and for the active conference participation with oral presentation these are shared using slide share on the website. We did not upload the posters; we just mentioned them. Should the address of the website of the project change, we created a blog where this will be mentioned, which can be found at http://ergpiano.wordpress.com/ .
This report doesn't have a section where we could mention the visit of exhibition, which is important when doing research in a field which is between arts and engineering, such as architecture is. The fellow visited a total of 28 exhibitions, listed at http://bostenaru.natkat.org/project_results/exhibitions.html , in Romania and abroad. Some of them were temporary, displaying results of archive research she did not have access to and which did not have all the information contained in the accompanying catalogue. Some of them were permanent exhibitions, including when buildings from the type which are object of the project became visitable, in order to experience also their interior spatiality, of great importance for the project's objectives.
It was the first project of this type which we supervised and we appreciate the success of the research training as being very good. We will write more about the outcomes of the research training in the dedicated section. Generally we find that the objective which is the reintegration of the researcher in the home country was achieved, as, apart of our organization, she also made sustainable contacts with dedicated research institutions and obtained a position on undetermined time at the university in her profile. This could be improved with an assistant professor position when the state financed positions will be deblocked (currently they are blocked due to the loan Romania has from the WMF) in the field where she taught courses on pay by hour basis. Without such a long stay which also displayed the research results she is capable of, such contacts would not have been possible. We will support her so long.