For the sixth time, the Estonian Research Council presented nominees to the top female researchers’ portal AcademiaNet. Of the 13 Estonian scientists nominated this time, two are from the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Congratulations – Elle-Mari Talivee and Kristi Viiding!

Elle-Mari Talivee’s main areas of research are literature and the city, reflection of environmental history in fiction as well as literary criticism and translation of Estonian literature. As a partner on the Estonian side, she is leading the environmental humanities project of seven European research institutions supported by Horizon 2020 „Citizen Science for Environmental Citizenship: Backyard Birding and the Potential for Cultivating Green Engagement“.

Kristi Viiding’s research focuses on early modern Latin literature in the Baltic Sea region, the emergence of a secular written word in Estonian in the 17th century, and Latin epigraphy in the Baltic Sea region. She is leading the research project „Connections, transition, change: nobilitas haereditaria ac litteraria in the emergence of early modern literature in Polish and Swedish Livonia“, funded by the Estonian Research Council.

The aim of the AcademiaNet portal is to highlight successful female scientists internationally and to make it easier, for example, to find experts, conference speakers, academics and project partners among Estonian researchers. The AcademiaNet portal is coordinated by the Swiss National Science Foundation, whose partners and research representatives are academies of sciences and research funding organisations from different countries. Marten Juurik, Head of Research Ethics at the Estonian Research Council, was delighted about the  nominees: „The AcademiaNet nomination is a public recognition of Estonian female scientists for their outstanding academic work. The aim of the database is to promote the entry of outstanding female researchers into leading academic positions and decision-making bodies. Hopefully, AcademiaNet will give the nominees an extra boost in their academic careers.“

In 2023, the following Estonian scientists were nominated for the AcademiaNet portal: Liina Kamm, Pilvi Ilves, Tiina Tamm, Katrin Männik, Triin Roosalu, Inge Timošchuk, Elle-Mari Talivee, Kristi Viiding, Mall Leinsalu, Jelena Kallas, Geda Paulsen, Liisi Piits and Merrit Shanskiy. Among the researchers of the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Mirjam Hinrikus and Ulrike Plath are already members of the portal.