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Mapping The Neolithic Expansion In The Mediterranean: A Scientific Collective To Promote Archaeogenomics And Evolutionary Biology Research In Turkey

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Promuovere partenariati per l’archeogenomica in Turchia

È stato istituito un gruppo scientifico internazionale per promuovere la ricerca nell’ambito della biologia evoluzionistica e dell’archeogenomica in Turchia. L’obiettivo del progetto NEOMATRIX, finanziato dall’UE, è far sì che il laboratorio per il DNA antico (MEAD) del Politecnico del Medio Oriente (METU) in Turchia si affermi come un centro di eccellenza tramite partenariati con il primo centro per il DNA antico in Grecia, ubicato presso la Fondazione per la ricerca e la tecnologia Hellas (FORTH), con il Centro per la paleogenetica dell’Università di Stoccolma e con il Laboratorio di paleogenomica presso l’Istituto Jacques Monod dell’Università di Parigi e del CNRS. Visite a diversi laboratori, workshop e corsi offriranno una formazione continua ai ricercatori in fase iniziale di carriera e verranno organizzate attività di comunicazione per attirare nuovi ricercatori nel settore. Il filo conduttore è l’analisi dell’espansione neolitica in tutto il Mediterraneo avvenuta otto millenni fa, che diede origine a un collegamento tra l’Anatolia e l’Europa.

Obiettivo

NEOMATRIX is aimed to set the Middle East Technical University (METU) Ancient DNA Lab (MEAD) in Ankara, Turkey, as a centre of excellence in European science.
This will be achieved through MEAD partnering with three major archaeogenomics teams with complementary qualities, and addressing unique challenges MEAD has been facing in scientific production, such as its relative isolation and difficulties in attracting skilled ESRs.
The partners include (a) the first ancient DNA center in Greece at the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), with strong expertise in population genomics and isotope analyses, (b) Stockholm University’s (SU) Center for Palaeogenetics, a leading ancient genomics center, and (c) the Paleogenomics Lab at the Institute Jacques Monod at CNRS, with deep expertise in animal and human ancient DNA research, especially in the analysis of poorly preserved samples.
The activities involve training through research-oriented cross-lab visits, workshops focused on method development, short courses to attract young scientists at MEAD, and well-designed communication activities including exhibitions. All activities will be built upon, and stimulated by, a joint research project where all teams will collaborate to tackle a challenging problem: the Neolithic expansion across the Mediterranean about 8 millennia ago that connected Anatolia with the west.
This is a long-standing problem in prehistory that will be analysed employing novel wet and dry lab tools, and through novel dimensions, such as the evolving roles of kinship and gender and their relationship with social inequality.
By the end of the 3-year project, the METU team will have closed network gaps and accumulated precious knowhow in state-of-the-art archaeogenomics. As importantly, NEOMATRIX will create a collaborative environment for widening democratic networks among archaeogenomic labs in Europe, allowing local teams to produce excellent interdisciplinary science.

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H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-2020

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Bando secondario

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2020-5

Meccanismo di finanziamento

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinatore

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 211 075,00
Indirizzo
Dumlupinar bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Turchia

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Regione
Batı Anadolu Ankara Ankara
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
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€ 0,00

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