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Medaglia ISA per le Scienze alla Professoressa Naomi Ellemers

Cerimonia di consegna della Medaglia ISA per le Scienze 2019 alla Professoressa Naomi Ellemers, Università di Utrecht, Olanda.

14/05/2019 dalle 17:00 alle 19:30

Dove Sala VIII Centenario - Palazzo Poggi, via Zamboni 33, Bologna

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Il Consiglio Scientifico dell’Istituto di Studi Avanzati dell’Università di Bologna ha assegnato la Medaglia ISA per le Scienze 2019 alla Prof.ssa Naomi Ellemers (Olanda).

La cerimonia di consegna del riconoscimento avrà luogo il 14 maggio alle ore 17 presso la sala dell’VIII centenario.

Dopo aver ricevuto la ISA Medal dalle mani del Magnifico Rettore la Prof.ssa Ellemers terrà la Lectio Magistralis "Diversity and Organizational Development".

La missione dell’Istituto di Studi Avanzati è di contribuire allo sviluppo di una ricerca interdisciplinare facilitando le visite di studiosi internazionali di alto profilo presso i Dipartimenti dell’Università di Bologna.

La Medaglia ISA per le Scienze è la più alta onorificenza conferita dall’Istituto a studiosi che si sono distinti per loro eccellenza scientifica e riconoscimento internazionale ed è stata conferita ogni anno dal 2006. La Medaglia ISA viene consegnata dal Magnifico Rettore e dal Direttore dell’Istituto di Studi Avanzati a singoli studiosi o gruppi di ricerca per il loro contributo alla conoscenza nella scienza e tecnologia così come nelle scienze umane, sociali e comportamentali.

I vincitori sono selezionati annualmente dal Consiglio Scientifico di ISA a partire da proposte presentate da docenti e ricercatori dell’Università di Bologna. La lista completa degli studiosi che hanno ricevuto la Medaglia è pubblicata sul sito di ISA alla pagina http://www.isa.unibo.it/en/activities/isa-medal-for-sciences

Prof. Naomi Ellemers CV

Naomi Ellemers (UC Berkeley, 1980-1981; cum laude PhD 1991, Groningen University) is a social/organizational psychologist, who started her career at the Free University in Amsterdam (1991-1999), and built her research group at Leiden University (1999-2015) into an internationally renowned center for research on group processes and intergroup relations. She is an expert on cooperation in groups and organizations, addressing how social identities lead people to transcend their individual interests and invest in collective outcomes. Ellemers was appointed Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, in recognition of her scientific excellence (2015). This is an honorary position awarded to “outstanding researchers with an interdisciplinary appeal and breadth of vision”. In the past years, Ellemers has succeeded in attracting a new team of interdisciplinary young talents and established scholars to work with her . She has forged collaborative research and knowledge exchange programs with different external parties, and won  very conspicuous  research grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation, awarded by the Ministry of Education (NWO Gravitation program, 2017).

A key contribution of Ellemers to the field relates to the challenges that emerge when people who represent different social groups and communities work together. She developed a model to specify the circumstances under which individuals can benefit from their differences instead of suffering from them (Ellemers & Rink, 2016). Her work elucidates the different experiences of men and women at work in light of their family responsibilities (Ellemers, 2014; in press). Likewise, she has uncovered how the willingness of ethnic minority members and other stigmatized groups (e.g. gay and lesbian workers) to collaborate towards organizational goals depends on the extent to which the organization acknowledges and supports their community identity (Ellemers & Barreto, 2015). Her pioneering work resulted in the emerging understanding that family and community identities spill over into the work domain, and that these different identities have to be taken into account to optimize cooperation at work.

Ellemers has won multiple large and highly coveted grants. These include a KNAW Academy Assistants grant (2010), an NWO Spinoza grant of 2,5 million euros (2010), a NWO Graduate School Grant (2011), multiple grants from the NWO ‘Conflict and Security’ program (2009), multiple grants totaling 3,2 euros from the Dutch national program on CO2 capture and storage (CATO and CATO-2), to examine communication and public opinion formation (2003; 2009), and most recently an NWO Gravitation Grant of 18,8 million euros to study sustainable cooperation for resilient societies (2017).

In the course of her carrier she has supervised almost 30 Ph.D students. She has published more than 200 articles in impacted journals and many international books and chapters. She is constantly involved in communicating  in different ways the results of her research to inform policies underlying resilient, equalitarian  and inclusive societies