News 2016

15. November 2016

Possibility of supplemental funding for NSF research fellows at the Centers of Excellence

We call attention to the deadline of December 5, 2016, for applying to the NSF program Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) The program provides an opportunity for graduate research fellows funded by the NSF to spend up to a year at a DNRF Center of Excellence. The NSF finances students’ scholarships and travel expenses, while […]

12. November 2016

SPOC have been awarded large Horizon Prize in the field of Optical Transmission technologies

Researchers from Centre for Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications (SPOC) have been awarded the prestigous Horizon Prize of 500.000 Euro for technology which enables optic data transmissioin with ultra high capacity and large energy- and cost savings. Senior researcher Hao Hu is seen in the photo reveiving the award. Center leader Leif Oxenløwe says: ”Receiving […]

12. November 2016

The DNRF’s 25th Anniversary celebration November 4, 2016

On November 4, 2016, the DNRF celebrated its 25th anniversary in the Black Diamond. Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs’ speech We depend on the Elite Read Chair and professor Liselotte Højgaard’s speach Read Director and professor Søren-Peter Olesen’s speach Program Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs and Permanent secretary Agnete Gersing […]

12. November 2016

The DNRF’s 25th Anniversary

Read about the celebration at the Black Diamond

1. November 2016

Cosmic expansion might not be accelerating after all

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Niels Bohr professor Subir Sakar from the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen has in a new analysis together with colleagues Alberto Guffanti and Jeppe Trøst Nielsen found that cosmic expansion is occurring on constant rate and without the help of dark energy. These are surprising findings that stands in contrast to […]

10. October 2016

An Anthropocene map of genetic diversity

A new, groundbreaking method links genes and geography and draws for the first time a map of how species’ genetic diversity is distributed globally. The map opens up the way to understand how life is formed on Earth, and how human activity has already transformed the surface of the Earth, and thus reduced genetic diversity […]

26. September 2016

Does music affect memory? Large scale test of Danish school kids will give the answer

A new national experiment with school kids will for the first time shed light on if and how having an ear for music is related to having good general learning memory. The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain has developed the test on the basis of previous studies on adults. Read more […]

23. September 2016

The genetic history of Aboriginal Australians is revealed

It remains debated how Australia was initially populated and how changes in language and culture in the continent happened. Australia contains some of the oldest archaeological evidence of modern humans outside Africa dating back to about 50,000 years. Still about 90% of Aboriginal Australians speak languages belonging to a single linguistic family that dates back […]

23. September 2016

DNRF’s board has processed173 outline proposals for new Centers of Excellence

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23. September 2016

DNRF’s board has processed173 outline proposals for new Centers of Excellence

June 6, 2016 was the deadline for submitting outline proposals for the DNRF’s 9th application round for Centers of Excellence. The DNRF received 173 outline proposals which the board has now processed. “It has been an exciting summer and a great priviledge to gain insight in the many visions and plans for research breakthroughs. The […]

4. September 2016

Post-doc Mohamed Rameez wins the 2016 CHIPP prize

Congratulations to post-doc Mohamed Rameez for winning the 2016 CHIPP prize for Particle Physics in Switzerland. The prize is awarded annually by the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics to the best PhD student (theory or experiment). Rameez’s thesis at Geneva University was titled “IceCube searches for neutrinos from dark matter annihilations in the Sun and cosmic accelerators” […]

22. August 2016

Centre for Viscous Liquid Dynamics (Glass and Time) develops new theory for the thermodynamics of freezing and melting

Although the freezing of liquids and melting of crystals are fundamental in many areas of the sciences, even simple properties like the temperature–pressure relation along the melting line cannot be predicted today. Researchers at the Center for Viscous Liquid Dynamics (Glass and Time) have developed a theory in which the properties of the coexisting crystal and liquid […]

11. August 2016

Textbook story of how humans populated America is “biologically unviable”, study finds

Using ancient DNA, an international team of researchers headed by center leader Eske Willerslev have created a unique picture of how a prehistoric migration route evolved over thousands of years – revealing that it could not have been used by the first people to enter the Americas, as traditionally thought. Read more via Center for GeoGenetics […]

22. July 2016

Center leader Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe sets new world record

661 terabits per second. That is the amount of data a research team headed by center leader Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe has been able to send through a fiber-optic cable using only one light source. This has set a new world record. Read more via Videnskab.dk “This corresponds to more than double the world’s internet traffic, which today is […]

19. July 2016

Keep it moving – DNRF on the Post-doc Challenge

The Danish National Research Foundation funds many of the best post-docs, and we have a responsibility to ensure that society benefits from their talent. During 2014/2015 Chair Liselotte Højgaard, Director Søren-Peter Olesen and members of the DNRF board have discussed “The Post-doc Challenge” with post-docs from the DNRF Centers of Excellence. We have collected our experience from […]

19. July 2016

Keep it moving – Director Søren-Peter Olesen on post-doc mobility in the journal Nature

In his feature in Nature’s career section, Director Søren-Peter Olesen says that a single post-doc term is likely to benefit your career, and he encourages young scientists to take a leap toward broader career paths – the foundation has evidens that this gives increased job satisfaction. See about the DNRF’s focus on “the post-doc challenge”

18. July 2016

EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas in Denmark

EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas visited Denmark June 30, 2016, and Prof. Liselotte Højgaard, Chair of the DNRF participated in the high level debate with Carlos Moedas at DTU. The message from DNRF to Commissioner Moedas was that basic research of the highest quality is crucial for future innovation and transformative research.

13. July 2016

15 International judges in retreat at iCourts

iCourts is hosting Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2016. Fifteen judges from thirteen different international courts are taking part in the 2016 Brandeis Institute for International Judges, which is being hosted by iCourts, The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts. The event, lasting from June 27 to June 30, provides a […]

3. June 2016

Donation of DKK 500,000 to the DNRF from the J. H. Schultz Foundation

For the third year in a row, the board of the J. H. Schultz Foundation has decided to donate half a million DKK to the Danish National Research Foundation. It is a great honor for the DNRF board to receive the donation which will be invested in excellent groundbreaking research e.g. through the foundation’s Centers of Excellence […]

20. May 2016

The Danish National Research Foundation invests 200 million DKK in seven new Niels Bohr Professorships

International outlook and cooperation is vital in order to attract the best people and to ensure a continuous flow of new ideas and perspectives, says DNRF Chair, professor Liselotte Højgaard. Learn more about the scientific content of the Niels Bohr Professorships here See the foundation’s press release here 

19. May 2016

The DNRF’s Annual Report 2015 is out

9. March 2016

Center leader Marja Jäättelä awarded prestigious women’s award

Marja Jäättelä, leader of the Center for Autophagy, Recycling and Disease at the Danish Cancer Society, was awarded the ‘Suffrage Science Award’ by the Royal Society in London on March 8th. The award, which this year was presented to 12 women in science, is passed from one female researcher to the next every 2 years. […]

11. February 2016

Three CREATES scientists among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015”

Professors Torben G. Andersen, Tim Bollerslev, and Peter R. Hansen, members of the Center for Research in Econometric Analysis of TimE Series (CREATES), are three of the 71 scientists in the field of “Economics and Business” named “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015.” This list is created by Thomson Reuters via a citation analysis […]

11. February 2016

Professor David Needham awarded honorary doctorate from University of Nottingham

Niels Bohr Professor, David Needham, from Duke University was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (Doctor of Science honoris causa) from the University of Nottingham in England at a graduation ceremony on December 10, 2015. The university describes this as one of the highest honors that they bestow and which is given to “people of great […]

3. February 2016

DNRF centers’ genomic research on the births of birds made the runner-up (2nd) place in Science’ annual list on Breakthrough of the year.

DNRF centers’ genomic research on the births of birds made the runner-up (2nd) place in Science’ annual list on Breakthrough of the year.

2. February 2016

Center of Excellence spin-off lands its first big contract

The Danish start-up RenCat, which is a spin-off company from the DNRF Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality (CINF), has developed a CO2-neutral hydrogen generator that can secure power to cellular towers in countries with an unstable power supply. The CO2-neutral hydrogen generator can replace the polluting diesel generators that are being used in areas with a […]

1. February 2016

Nine out of the Villum Foundation’s 20 new Young Investigators 2016 are associated with a DNRF Center of Excellence

Each year, VILLUM FONDEN´s Young Investigator programme grants a number of large amounts for young researchers at Danish universities to boost their research careers. The programme was established in 2011 to target funds at the younger – Danish as well as foreign – research talents. This year, 119 million kroner were awarded to 20 young researchers. Nine of […]

25. January 2016

Center leader Jens Stougaard receives the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Grant for Technical and Physical Science Research

Center leader and Professor, Jens Stougaard, is one of the world’s leading molecular biologists. His publications are among some of the most cited in “Plant and Animal Science” and since 2007, he has been the leader of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signaling (CARB). Now he is being honored with […]

25. January 2016

Center leader Eske Willerslev awarded Shanghai Archaeology Forum Research Award 2015

Founded in 2013, Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting the investigation, protection and utilization of the world’s archaeological resources and heritage. It serves as an international platform to illuminate archaeological research and promote its significance and relevance to the world today. Out of 93 nominations, a total of 21 projects […]



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