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Collaborative Research Centre 806

Deputy speaker and coordinator of Cluster E


The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 806 „Our Way to Europe - Culture-Environment Interaction and Human Mobility in the Late Quaternary“ was first established in 2009 and became extended by another four years in 2013. The CRC is devoted to the history of mankind and the related natural environment since anatomically modern humans expanded from Africa to Europe. The CRC 806 combines geoscientific and archaeological methods to decipher ancient contexts of climate, natural environment and culture of the last 190,000 years with a major perspective on dispersal and retreat of human populations. 

In the second CRC phase (2013-2017), 30 Principal Investigators from the geosciences and the humanities at the Universities of Cologne, Bonn and Aachen run 22 projects, assembled into six “research clusters” (see figure). In continuation of the first CRC stage (2009-2012), four research clusters (A, B, C, D) focus on regional investigations and two research clusters (E, F) are dedicated to supra-regional topics. A seventh cluster (Z) provides central services of the CRC, including an Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) for the PhD students.

Sketch illustrating the research clusters and projects in the second phase of the CRC 806 (2013-2017).

Since 2007, Martin Melles played a leading role in the establishment and continuous development of the CRC 806. He significantly contributed to the scientific strategy of the research centre with particular contributions regarding the geoscientific archives to be investigated and the methods to be employed, and took the responsibility to function as deputy speaker of the CRC and coordinator of the research cluster E. Besides, M. Melles currently functions as Principal Investigator (PI) of five CRC projects (A2, C3, E6, F6, and Z3). The strong contribution of the Quaternary Geology to the CRC is also expressed by the involvement of Bernd Wagner, who is PI of additional 2 projects (A3 and B2).