Excellence Initiative - Research University

University Centre of Excellence IMSErt - Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments

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Research projects

Below a list of the research projects conducted by researchers from the Center of Excellence IMSErt:

BITSCOPE: Brain Integrated Tagging for Socially Curated Online Personalised Experiences
CHIST-ERA and National Science Centre
Principal Investigator: research consortium consisting of members of 4 universities (Dublin University, University of Bourdeaux, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (prof. Vaclava Osińska), Technical University of Valencia)
Total Cost: 1 067 500 PLN (National Science Centre)
Openness to architectural change in cities: Role of people’s cultural capital, place attachment, and features of places
National Science Centre
PRELUDIUM BIS 2020/39/O/HS6/00082
Principal Investigator: Prof. dr hab. Maria Lewicka

Total Cost: 437 800 PLN

People want to live in aesthetically pleasing environments. This is one of the reasons why they would often react vehemently to architectural and urban changes, which may affect their image of the place, whether of a close neighborhood or a city in general. Some changes to an urban tissue will probably meet with general acceptance while others will be unanimously rejected. More often, however, the proposed changes will lead to disagreement and clashes within the community. For example, one of the hottest topics for debate in Toruń, a city in north-central Poland with a spectacular medieval downtown, is ‘the first Toruń skyscraper’. Should it be constructed at all? If yes, how high should it be and where should it be located? Far from the center in a special business district? Or close enough to offer a stunning panorama from a top-floor restaurant? Or on the other bank of the river, perhaps? Ultimately, will such a project only serve to destroy the city’s historical genius loci and discourage tourists from visiting, or will it in fact modernize the city and attract new business and investment? The above discussion also shows that the cultural tastes of people and their willingness to accept change differ. MORE

Advanced techniques in isotopic biogeochemistry for the estimation of fossil mammal trophic position
European Commission
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF)
Duration: 24 months
Principal Investigator: Dr Magdalena Krajcarz
Foreign Institution: University of Tübingen
Supervisor: Prof. Hervé Bocherens
Total Cost: 174 806,40 €

Multidirectional Knowledge Transfer from Eastern and Central Europe 
Polish National Agency for Academic 
Bekker Programme PPN/BEK/2020/1/00345
Duration: 12 months
Principal Investigator: Prof. Adam Kola
Foreign Institution: The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), The University of Amsterdam: https://ias.uva.nl/
Supervisor: Prof. Peter M.A. (P.M.A.) Sloot: https://www.peter-sloot.com/

Retelling of pantomimic narratives: developing study designs and research competences
Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange
Bekker Programme PPN/BEK/2020/1/00319
Duration: 6 months
Principal Investigator: Dr Marta Sibierska
Foreign Institution: Faculty of Humanities and Theology, Lund University: https://www.ht.lu.se/en/
Supervisor: Prof. Jordan Zlatev: https://www.sol.lu.se/en/person/JordanZlatev/

Employee green behavior: the essence, antecedents and behavioral spillovers
National Science Centre
OPUS 2020/37/B/HS4/00988
Principal Investigator: Prof. dr hab. Aldona Glińska-Neweś

Climate change is a serious global issue that poses an urgent and perhaps one of the greatest challenges facing human kind. Although it can be caused by variety of reasons, scientists conclude that the cause of climate change is largely anthropogenic, i.e. originates in human activity. Furthermore, business is regarded among the most significant contributors to climate change. The promotion of sustainability goals depends, therefore, on the extent to which companies act out of a sense of obligation and duty to the society and environment. In response, many of them have begun to adopt formal environmental management systems. However, the success of corporate environmental initiatives depends not just on environmental management systems and technological innovations but on the willingness of individual employees to engage in the pro-environmental behaviors. That’s why this project is focused on employee green behaviors (EGB).

The main aim of the project is to strengthen conceptualization of employee green behaviors in various work settings, identify their antecedents and behavioral spillovers.

Five thousand years of history of domestic cat in Central Europe 

Researchers from the PAST team, Magdalena Krajcarz and Daniel Makowiecki, continue to investigate the history of domestic cats. Together with paleogeneticist team, led by Danijela Popović from University of Warsaw, they started a new project supported by the National Science Centre.  

They will investigate the history of wild and domestic cats from Central Europe, spanning several thousands of years. Main objectives to be achieved through the four-year project are how cats migrated from the domestication region to Europe, and to detect natural and/or human-controlled selection in their genome. In the project, several hundred of cat remains will be analyzed, including those excavated from archaeological sites and from natural deposits, using a combination of traditional zooarchaeological morphometric methods, ancient DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating. 

The project’s coinvestigators represent several European research institutions, among others from Belgium, Serbia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Czech Republic. 


Creating interfaces: building capacity for integrated governance at the Food-Water Energy Nexus in cities on the water
National Science Centre, (SUGI) H2020
USA, UK, Rumania

Management Committee of the Oceans Past Platform (OPP) in European Cooperation in Sciences and Technology (COST)
International agreement

Horse in Poland in the Early Piasts and Internal Fragmentation
National Science Centre

Pantomime in language evolution: Expressive potential and structural characteristics of bodily mimetic acts
National Science Centre
Italy, Sweden, UK

Positive social change in an organization as a factor of company engagement in sustainable development
National Science Centre