SAI part of new interdisciplinary project at UiO
Large application granted. The vision of the convergence environment is to understand how environmental and social processes and their relationships dictate flows and impacts of anthropogenic toxicants from electronic waste.
UiO:Life Science is an interdisciplinary strategic area that will strengthen quality and interaction in research; recruit, educate and develop talents; and promote innovation in the life sciences related to environment and health.
22 applications have been assessed by an international expert panel, and five convergence environments were approved. One of these is AnthroTOX, where Wenzel Geissler from the Department of Social Anthropology is the leader of a team of researchers from Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK) and Faculty of Medicine.
The vision of the convergence environment is to understand how environmental and social processes and their relationships dictate flows and impacts of anthropogenic toxicants from electronic waste. This will be studied within and across societies and ecosystems. Results from Tanzania will be compared to data from the Arctic.
While essential to modern day life, toxicants induce negative effects and cause concerns, and call for regulation, which in turn involves different, often conflicting, societal and political interests. To respond to this mounting social-environmental challenge, environmental chemists, ecotoxicologists and social scientists need to work together to overcome the dichotomy of studying toxicants in societies and ecosystems as separate entities.
As an interdisciplinary convergence environment AnthroTOX takes on this interdisciplinary challenge, setting up a group of natural and social researchers to study – in close collaboration and engaging with wider publics -‐ the distribution, accumulation and regulation of POPs.
Impressed with the high quality
To finance convergence environments with doctoral and postdoctoral positions is the most powerful instrument UiO:Life Science has to support interdisciplinary collaboration that will contribute to new insights and increased value creation in the field of life sciences.
– The international expert panel was very impressed with the high quality of the applications and has done a thorough evaluation job, says Director of UiO:Life Science Finn-Eirik Johansen.
– We are sure that those who receive funding will deliver high-quality research that is of major importance to society.