Kepler's supernova and climate policies: Marie Curie record rises to 20

Thanks to the outstanding ratings received by the submitted projects, Ca’ Foscari has obtained additional funding for two more Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowships. The latest winners are Matteo Cosci, philosophy historian, and Marinella Davide, climate policy expert. Both researchers have recently occupied postdoc positions in different Ca’ Foscari ERC teams. They will now spend the next two years carrying out their research projects in the United States, at the University of Oklahoma and Harvard.

Breaking its own record in Italy, the number of Marie Curie Fellowships won by Ca’ Foscari in 2019 has now risen to 20: 13 of them are Global (two years in a University outside of Europe, a third year back at Ca’ Foscari) and 7 are European (where the project is carried out entirely at Ca’ Foscari).
The total funding received by Ca’ Foscari for the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships has now passed the 10 million euros mark. To know more about each of our 62 winners, visit the  Meet our Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellows. page

The impact of “Kepler’s supernova”

The last supernova in the Milky Way was observed for the first time in October 1604. Kepler studied it for so long, it is still commonly known as the “Kepler’s Supernova” rather than by his official name, SN1604. Through his research project, Matteo Cosci will try to retrace the philosophical impact that this star had on its first European observers. The research will be conducted between the University of Oklahoma Department of History and at the Ca’ Foscari Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage.

Matteo Cosci is a philosophy historian who has worked extensively on Aristotle, Galileo and the history of Aristotelianism. He has also occupied a postdoc position in Marco Sgarbi’s “Aristotle in the Italian vernacular” ERC project. Professor Sgarbi will also be the supervisor for the Marie Curie project.  

Climate and policy analysis

Marinella Davide will employ a quantitative approach to empirically evaluate national climate policy measures in order to enhance transparency and comparability among countries’ climate change policies as well as understand their equity implications. She will spend the first two years of her project at Harvard University, under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Aldy, former energy and environment consultant for the Obama administration. 


Davide is currently occupying a postdoc position at the Ca’ Foscari Department of Economy, where she is collaborating to Enrica De Cian’s “Energy use for adaptation” ERC project. Professor De Cian will be the supervisor for the Marie Curie project.
Davide is also a research affiliate at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change.

The 2020 call for the next Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships is now open until September 11. For more information, check out the dedicated page or write to