Projects \ Research for Global Challenges

The Impact of Drama Teaching on Second Language Acquisition

Maria Simona Morosin joins Neuroscience, Education and Theater, investigating the impact of theater practice on language learning. She will base her research on the current understanding of Neuroscience of Education, dealing with cognitive brain functions such as thinking, memory, attention, emotions.
The project "NPA ­ Neurodidactics of Performing Arts: The Impact of Drama Teaching on Second Language Acquisition" is a Marie Curie Global Fellowship which implies a three­year research at the University of Sydney and Ca’ Foscari.

Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies

Knowledge For Use (K4U) is an ERC Advanced grant hosted by the University of Durham, involving Ca' Foscari researchers.
The project will construct a radically new picture of how to use social science to build better social policies and it will launch an entire new field in philosophy: the philosophy of social technology.
K4U will provide not just a theoretical but a practical understanding‐ for users: intelligible and practically helpful to those who need to estimate and balance the effectiveness, the evidence, the chances of success, the costs, the benefits, the winners and losers, and the social, moral, political and cultural acceptability of proposed policies.

Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe SHARE is a multidisciplinary and cross‐national panel database of micro data on health, socio‐economic status and social and family networks of approximately 123,000 individuals (more than 293,000 interviews) from 20 European countries (+Israel) aged 50 or older.

Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences SERISS, aims to equip Europe’s social science data infrastructures to play a major role in addressing the key societal challenges facing Europe today and ensure that national and European policymaking is built on a solid base of the highest‐quality socio‐economic evidence.

Europeana Space

The aim of the Europeana Space project is to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources.
It will provide an open environment for the development of applications and services based on digital cultural content.
The use of this environment will be fostered by a vigorous, wide­ranging and sustainable programme of promotion, dissemination and replication of the Best Practices developed within the project.
The extensive resources and networks of the Europeana Space consortium will be drawn on to ensure the success of the project funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).

Reevaluating minor rivers as cultural landscapes

The project EUWATHER (European Waterways Heritage: Reevaluating European minor rivers and canals as cultural landscapes) is funded by the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and aims to promote a knowledge of the unique cultural heritage of minor waterways and historical canals in 4 European pilot regions located in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The overall objective is to develop a better governance, focusing on new opportunities for sustainable development and ecotourism.

Nanomaterials for the Restoration of works of art

Funded by Horizon 2020 – NANORESTART NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART ­ will develop a new framework with respect to the state of the art of conservation science.
It is devoted to the development of nanomaterials to ensure the long­term protection and security of modern/contemporary cultural heritage by taking into account environmental and human risks, feasibility and the cost of materials.
The project brings together centres of excellence in the field of the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, world- leading chemical industries and SMEs operating in R&D and International and European centres for conservation, education and museums.
They will assess new materials through their use with artefacts in urgent need of conservation and then disseminate the resulting knowledge internationally.

Coping with rising damp in buildings

The aims of EMERISDA ­ Effectiveness of methods against rising damp in buildings: European: practice and perspective project, within the framework of JPI Cultural Heritage, is to achieve a scientifically based evaluation of the effectiveness of different methods against rising damp and develop a decision­support tool for the knowledgeable selection and successful application of these methods in the practice of conservation.
These aims will be achieved by gathering and sharing existing knowledge, until now scattered across the EU, and by acquiring new knowledge through the application of selected methods in case studies.

Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular

Funded by an ERC Starting grant, this project aims to offer the first detailed and comprehensive study of the vernacular diffusion of Aristotle through a series of analyses of his primary texts.
Works that fall within the two main Renaissance fields of speculative philosophy (metaphysics, natural philosophy, mathematics and logic) and civil philosophy (ethics, politics, rhetoric and poetics) will be studied.
In light of their respective competencies, two research teams in Venice and at the University of Warwick will each generally focus their investigation on one of these two bodies of work.

Ca’ Foscari prof. Marco Sgarbi leads the research teams involved in this project.

Bilingualism in Florentine and Tuscan Works

The BIFLOW project explores multilingualism in central and northern Italy from the thirteenth century to the beginning of the fifteenth.

It will begin with the systematic gathering of texts available in multiple languages and then lead to the construction of the first digital catalogue of these works.
This will then facilitate the creation of a map of the multilingual environments in which intellectuals were immersed at the time of Dante.

The subject of this ERC Starting grant, therefore, is not merely the texts themselves, but also the mindset of mediaeval intellectuals, whose immersion in a multilingual context in some ways parallels our contemporary experience of globalization.