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Forest resources for Iberian Empires: Ecology and Globalization in the Age of Discovery

Objective

In the Early Modern Age (16th-17th centuries) the construction of ocean-going ships was paramount to the development of cultural encounters in what became the Age of Discovery and European expansion. In the case of the Iberian Empires, the establishment of new trade routes brought up the need for armed merchantmen, galleons and smaller vessels, placing unprecedented demands on Iberian forests for the supply of construction timber. Forestry and sea power became inextricably linked, creating new geopolitical tensions, alliances and forest regulations. Key questions in this context are: could Iberian forest resources sustain the increasing demand of sound timber, or was the wood imported from elsewhere? If so, how were the trade networks organized? And did the lack of raw material force the technological changes occurred in shipbuilding in the 16th century, or were they a result of exchange between Mediterranean and Atlantic shipbuilding traditions? This project will address these questions through a multidisciplinary and innovative training research program to improve the understanding of our historical past, our cultural heritage, and our knowledge of the use of resources for shipbuilding. The prerequisite for such approach is combining knowledge derived from Humanities and Life Sciences. The aims of the project are: i) to consolidate a research line combining historical research, underwater archaeology, GIS and wood provenancing methods (dendrochronology, wood anatomy and geo/dendrochemistry); ii) to increase the background and experience of trainees in the different research areas, by engaging the fellows in training courses and workshops aimed at developing their scientific, communication, and management skills; and iii) to develop their transferable skills for future careers in academia or the private sector whilst advancing the research fields through the integration of research tools, development of reference datasets and new discoveries.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 825 077,04
Administrative Contact
Ana Maria De La Fuente (Ms.)

Participants (8)

FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS SOCIAIS E HUMANAS DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 415 162
Address
Avenida De Berna 26-C
1069-061 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carla Pereira (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 650 747,02
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martín Cacheiro Martínez (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 714 841,60
Address
College Road
SA31 3EP Carmarthen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gwyndaf Tobias (Mr.)
MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 250 652,16
Address
National Oceanography Centre
SO14 3ZH Southampton Hampshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Garry Momber (Mr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 236 861,46
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kees Slingerland (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 78 953,82
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique J.M. Van Der Arend (Ms.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 475 922,93
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Egon Dietrich (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 255 948,66
Address
Cours Leopold 34
54052 Nancy Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cécile Lorentz (Mrs.)