Lower Saxony – Scotland

In the past two years, ECAS has undertaken activities to support the project development between academics from higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland. It is ECAS’s goal to be a facilitator for bringing researchers from both regions closer together in order to generate new and excellent knowledge.

Below you will find the currently on-going projects between Lower Saxonian and Scottish researchers, including the projects implemented under the Tandem Fellowship Programme.

Live Art Data

New Strategies in Theatre Archiving: Scotland / Lower Saxony

The objective of the trilateral project »Live Art Data« is to establish a sustainable network between three institutions in Scotland and Lower Saxony: the University of Glasgow, University of Hildesheim, and the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück. The underlying intention of the network is to discuss questions around the archiving of live performance, including the specific British notion of ›Live Art‹.

An integral part of this endeavor is the exploration of cross-national and cross-institutional collaborations in Europe. ›Live Art Data‹, as we use the term, refers to digital and physical data produced by and during performative processes – either as an important component of aesthetic practice (e.g., the data of digital performances) or as paratexts (playbills, publicity photos, etc.). We combine historical, theoretical, and digital research into archival practice​s of storage, rubrication, and re-use of artistic data.

Social Interaction in Times of Social Distancing: Investigating the Impact of Physical and Emotional Distance on Joint Action

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social life has been shaped by containment measures such as social distancing and mask wearing. People now prefer larger ‘interpersonal distances’ than before the pandemic, in line with social distancing guidelines. In addition, face masks can induce difficulties in reading others’ facial expressions, which in turn hinders emotional connection and social rapport. 

How do these changes in physical and emotional distance affect social interaction? The aim of the project is to address this question from an Experimental Psychology perspective by carrying out empirical studies both online and in the lab.

“You’re stealing our future!” – Fridays for Future and Collective Action against Climate Change

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children!” Slogans such as this one have been popular in climate and environmentalist movements since the 1960s. However, it was not until recent years that those children themselves have started to take to the streets to demand that the planet be returned to them in habitable condition. The international Fridays for Future (FFF) movement is made up of and led by young students using school strikes and other forms of protest to put pressure on policy makers to mitigate climate change.

This project investigates the motivations of these young climate activists and their supporters. 

Synthesis of new Heteroalkenes Containing Group 14 and Group 2 Elements and Their Application as Catalysts

The project focuses on the design and development of new bimetallic catalysts based upon main group elements due to their low cost, high natural abundance, and environmentally benign nature. The combination of two metal centres, which are directly bound together in the bimetallic framework, aims to develop our fundamental understanding of chemical bonding, and will open up new reactivity pathways not accessible to monometallic compounds. 

Causal Role of Synchronisation in the Theta-Band for Contextual Fear Memories

The brain’s defensive system detects danger signals and organises physiological and behavioural responses, preparing the individual to flight or flee. A defensive (fear) memory is formed by classical conditioning to distinct cues, contexts, or a combination of a cue in a context, for example, an angry dog barking loudly behind ones back in a narrow alley next to a grocery store. 

Binding the danger cues with their specific context make memories flexible and adaptive. Poorly encoded context leads to unprecise memories, related to maladaptive behaviour and psychopathology. Interactions of neurons generate rhythmic activity, which synchronises information processing in different brain regions, thus helping to form the associations between aversive information and its context.

BioCharCrust – Application of Biocrust Inoculum and Biochar for Soil Bioremediation

Previously industrially developed land that is no longer in use and that may be potentially contaminated represents an increasing problem. In Europe and North America alone, 3.5 million of such ‘brownfield’ sites remain ignored. This is problematic not only because these sites are supposedly contaminated by hazardous waste but also because their abandonment means a significant loss of potentially productive land that may otherwise be used for sustainable agriculture, as a carbon sink or to host diverse wildlife. Brownfield land rehabilitation requires physical and biological regeneration of the local soils. 

This project brings together scientists from the fields of physical soil amendments, namely, Biochar, and biological soil restoration in the context of induced biological soil crusts.