News 2017

11. December 2017

Inauguration of Center for Electromicrobiology headed by professor Lars Peter Nielsen

Professor Lars Peter Nielsen has received a grant from the Danish National Research Foundation to establish the Center for Electromicrobiology hosted by Aarhus University. The official inauguration of the center took place on December 1st 2017 with participation of many colleagues from both Denmark and abroad. As Nielsen explained, the Center for Electromicrobiology will research […]

5. December 2017

Eight researchers affiliated with the DNRF get ERC Consolidator Grants

It was recently announced that ten Danish researchers have been awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant 2017. Eight out of the ten grants are given to researchers that are currently or previously have been affiliated with a DNRF Center of Excellence. The eight researchers to get the prestigious ERC grant are: Michael Thomas-Poulsen, KU – Center […]

5. December 2017

Inauguration of the Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) headed by Professor Claus Thustrup Kreiner

The Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen hosted an event on November 29, to mark the official opening of the Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI). Many people attended the event on Wednesday evening, eager to hear the presentations and to congratulate the new CEBI head of center, Claus Thustrup Kreiner. CEBI’s […]

30. November 2017

Five researchers affiliated with DNRF Centers of Excellence receive a Sapere Aude Grant

The Sapere Aude: IRFD Research Leader Grant aims to give brilliant, younger scientists the possibility to explore and work on important research ideas. The target group is especially talented and younger researchers that are ready to lead a research project with multiple participants on a high international level. At the latest founding round, five researchers […]

28. November 2017

Listen to IDUN head of center Anja Boisen tell about her excellent, nano-technological research

Recently, Anja Boisen gave a speech about her and the IDUN-center’s excellent research. This was given at the jubilee event for the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters at November 13th. Watch her speech on YouTube here. Read more about IDUN’s projects here.

28. November 2017

Head of Center Mette Birkedal Bruun receives prize for ‘outstanding research in the Humanities’

At a ceremony on 21 November 2017, Centre Director, Professor of Church History Mette Birkedal Bruun, received Einar Hansen’s Research Prize for her contribution to research in the Humanities. Birkedal Bruun’s research, which has previously manifested itself in an ERC project Solitudes, can be described as ‘a long-term search for the relationship between extroversion and […]

28. November 2017

Double inauguration in the light of colliding stars

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz inaugurated his Niels Bohr Professorship and former DNRF center leader, Jens Hjorth, inaugurated his Villum Investigator Grant with talks and a reception at the Niels Bohr Institute on October 25. The weeks preceding the event were particularly euphoric and work intensive for the two host researchers, as they were both involved in the […]

20. November 2017

The end of ”Pump Fiction”: Head of Center Poul Nissen publishes in Nature Journal of Science

The more than 1000 different cells in the human body are capable of moving energy and material to those places in the body, where there is the need for it, and that way ensure that the body is a well-running machine. Poul Nissen, head of center at PUMPkin, and his research team have now succeeded […]

20. November 2017

Inauguration of the Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS) headed by Professor Susanne Mandrup

The official opening of the Center for Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS) took place on November 6, 2017 at the University of Southern Denmark. The center is led by Professor Susanne Mandrup. In a collaboration between researchers at the University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital, the center’s research will produce knowledge about […]

9. November 2017

Inauguration of the Center for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) headed by Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun

The new Center for Privacy Studies was celebrated with speeches, a reception, and a tour of the newly established office space at the University of Copenhagen on November 1. The center is one of ten new Centers of Excellence that received a grant in the 9th application round. The center is hosted by the Faculty […]

9. November 2017

Head of center Leif Oxenløwe gets the Ib Henriksen research award for his socially relevant research

He’s been called ”a Danish research superstar” and builds his groundbreaking research upon the humble ideology “my idea is your idea”. This week, his extraordinary research and impressive career is acknowledged by his receival of the Ib Henriksen research award. There’s been reason for more than the usual amount of cheering at the Institute for […]

7. November 2017

Opening of Center for Cellular Signal Patterns headed by head of center Jørgen Kjems

On Wednesday, November 1, the kick-off of the new Center for Cellular Signal Patterns (CellPAT) took place, which is one of 10 new centers that received grants from the Danish National Research Foundation’s 9th application round. The center is housed at Aarhus University under the leadership of Professor Jørgen Kjems. In a partnership between researchers […]

7. November 2017

Read the DNRF Open Access to Data publication

Read the publication which was the foundation for the DNRF annual meeting here, and gain insight into the different aspects of the open data debate.

7. November 2017

The Foundation’s annual meeting 2017: Open Access to Data

The DNRF held its annual meeting on Friday, November 3rd. Read about the timely topic, the different views and the panel debate here.

7. November 2017

Open Access to Data – the 2017 version of the DNRF annual meeting

On November 3rd, the Danish National Research Foundation’s annual meeting was held for research political stakeholders and DNRF licensees. The topic for the meeting was “Open Data”. The Foundation’s recommendation is that all stakeholders collaborate in developing a thought-out strategy for Open Data, which will be based on the aims that topic-relevant initiatives should both […]

2. November 2017

Head of center Thomas Graven-Nielsen plays with people’s pain threshold on purpose

Shock, saltwater and chili pepper – three things that you wouldn’t normally imagine would be connected. Thomas Graven-Nielsen, professor and head of center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), has changed this fact, seeing as all three elements are incorporated in his research in pain. When working in his lab, the professor injects the drug capsaicin […]

30. October 2017

DNRF head of center Rubina Raja presents prestigious excavation project in Rome to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe

Last spring, Danish archaeologists paved the way for participating in an important and prestigious international collaboration, which was launched Thursday in a royal manner. This, because Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II, took part of the opening of upcoming archaeological excavations on the antique Forum of Caesar in Rome, where UrbNet head of center, Professor Rubina […]

30. October 2017

Listen to Professor Lone Gram talk about the secret life of bacteria in new podcast

Besides entering the role as head of center for the new, DNRF-financed Center of Excellence, Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolite, Lone Gram is also expert in bacteria and Professor at DTU. Radio24syv has interviewed Lone Gram for the podcast show “24 Questions for the Professor”, where she among other things tell about crafty microbes that […]

18. October 2017

Centre financed by DNRF makes great discovery

They’re cheering more than usual at Center for Transient Astrophysics and the Dark Cosmology Centre (DARK) at the Niels Bohr Institute these days, because now the team can finally tell the world about their big, astrophysical discovery. Click on the picture below to read DNRF’s post about the sensational news.

18. October 2017

DNRF-financed astrophysicists play a central role in sensational space discovery

Scientists from the Niels Bohr Institute almost choked on their afternoon coffee at August 17th this year. The time was 2.41pm when what the astrophysicists from the Center for Transient Astrophysics and Dark Cosmology Centre (DARK) had only dared to hope for happened: Three of the most sensitive monitoring stations measured gravity waves as well […]

18. October 2017

Meet Niels Bohr Professor Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

In collaboration with Videnskab.dk the DNRF has interviewed the foundation’s six new Niels Bohr Professors. Click the picture to watch Niels Bohr Professor Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz talk about his research in the source of gravitation waves. Read the DNRF interview with Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz here.

16. October 2017

The DNRF puts talent development in the spotlight

The DNRF and the Carlsberg Foundation together arranged a networking meeting for research funders and research councils in Denmark on October 11. Under the headline, Pivotal moments and Quantum jumps, the meeting revolved around how research funders and universities can strengthen the careers of talented young researchers. The Danish research funding system plays an essential […]

16. October 2017

Morten Bennedsen gives inaugural lecture as Niels Bohr Professor

Professor Morten Bennedsen gave his inaugural lecture as a Niels Bohr professor on October 10 at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Economics. Bennedsen is a professor at the French business school INSEAD. His main research area is family-owned companies. Although family-owned companies constitute as much as 90% of all companies in the world, there […]

5. October 2017

Post-doc Mette Bendixen from CENPERM publishes article in Nature about the link between global warming and growing deltas on Greenland

Today, a group of researchers from the Centre for Permafrost (CENPERM) from the University of Copenhagen publish in an article in Nature about the growth of deltas in Greenland. Read the abstract in Nature  Professor and head of center Bo Elberling from the Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management states, that: “The first author of the article, […]

4. October 2017

Head of center Anja Boisen gets ERC Proof of Concept grant for her innovative research

The European Research Council just announced the results from the latest application round for the program Proof of Concepts (PoC), and among the 33 grant receivers is DTU professor Anja Boisen. Anja Boisen is DG Head of center at Center for Intelligent Drug Delivery and Sensing Using Microcontainers and Nanomechanics (IDUN), and she received the […]

26. September 2017

Three DNRF affiliated researchers get prestigious Starting Grant at the latest funding session from the European Research Council

Some say that all good comes to those who wait – and work hard for it. This has especially been the case for a total of eight younger researchers in Denmark at the latest funding session from the European Research Council (ERC) for free basic research. Aspiring and hard working talents from all over the […]

19. September 2017

Scientists from Stellar Astrophysics Centre publish article in Monthly Notices about measuring technique for star clusters

The human fascination and investigation of the stars is sometimes limited by insufficient measuring equipment, which has been the case so far when observing bright stars through high performance telescopes. A solution to this was presented by an international group of astronomers lead by Tim White from the Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) by Aarhus University. […]

15. September 2017

The Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes 2017 are awarded to DNRF center leader Mette Birkedal Bruun and former DNRF center leader Karl Anker Jørgensen

Mette Birkedal Bruun and Karl Anker Jørgensen receive the prizes for their groundbreaking work on church history and organic chemistry. With each prize follows DKK 1 million; DKK 750.000 are earmarked for research activities, while DKK 250.000 is a personal gift. The prizes have just been handed over by HRH Crown Princess Mary, minister for […]

13. September 2017

Watch CP3-Origins’ youngest prodigy, KvanteKarina (Quantum Kate) introducing quantum physics to the young generations

Watch CP3-Origins’ youngest prodigy, KvanteKarina (Quantum Kate) introducing quantum physics to the young generations. So far, she only speaks Danish, but she’ll be hitting the international scene very soon! See also their quantum portal: Kvantebanditter

30. August 2017

Meet Niels Bohr Professor Matthew Collins

In collaboration with Videnskab.dk the DNRF has interviewed the foundation’s six new Niels Bohr Professors. Click the picture to watch Niels Bohr Professor Matthew Collins talk about his research on ancient proteins. Read the DNRF interview with Matthew Collins here.

30. August 2017

Meet Niels Bohr Professor Morten Bennedsen

In collaboration with Videnskab.dk the DNRF has interviewed the foundation’s six new Niels Bohr Professors. Click the picture to watch Niels Bohr Professor Morten Bennedsen talk about his research on family owned businesses. Read the DNRF interview with Morten Bennedsen here.

30. August 2017

Meet Niels Bohr Professor Rita Felski

  In collaboration with Videnskab.dk the DNRF has interviewed the foundation’s six new Niels Bohr Professors. Click the picture to watch Niels Bohr Professor Rita Felski talk about her research on social uses of literature. Read the DNRF interview with Rita Felski here.

30. August 2017

Meet Niels Bohr Professor John McGrath

In collaboration with Videnskab.dk the DNRF has interviewed the foundation’s six new Niels Bohr Professors. Click the picture to watch Niels Bohr Professor John McGrath talk about his research on how vitamin D affects the development of schizophrenia. Read the DNRF interview with John McGrath here.

10. August 2017

Center leader Rubina Raja behind the first systematic documentation of the development of ancient mosaics

Professor and director at Center for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) Rubina Raja has published the paper Mosaicists at work: the organisation of mosaic production in Early Islamic Jerash in collaboration with her german colleague Achim Lichtenberger. Read more via UrbNet The paper is the result of six years of intense excavation in Jerash, Jordan, the former Decapolic city known […]

8. August 2017

Glass and Time still publishes results from the grant period

Professor Jeppe Dyre, originator of the concept “Roskilde-simple” and from 2005 to 2015 the director of the DNRF Centre for Viscous Fluid Dynamics (Glass and Time), is still publishing results from research carried out during the DNRF grant period. The paper Toward broadband mechanical spectroscopy, published in PNAS on August 1, 2017, is an example […]

2. June 2017

Niels Bohr Professor Jaan Valsiner receives prestigious European research award

Niels Bohr Professor Jaan Valsiner from Centre for Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University receives the European research prize the Hans Kilian award of 80.000 euro. Valsiner receives the award for his life-long contribution to research in complex and culturally mediated psychological processes. Photo: Sven Lorenz See more via Aalborg Universitet (in Danish)

30. May 2017

Center leader Peter Vuust receives Dansk Lydpris 2017

On Thursday May 18th 2017, professor and center leader of Center for Music in the Brain, Peter Vuust, received Dansk Lydpris 2017 at the yearly conference Danish Sound day, this year held in Struer. The prize was presented by Struer’s mayor, Mads Jakobsen. Read more via Music in the Brain (in Danish) The prize is awarded […]

23. May 2017

Center leader Peter Vuust (Center for Music in the Brain) publishes new book

What happens in the brain when we listen to or play music? How are we influenced by music – both physically, emotionally and linguistically? These, and several other questions, are answered in a new book, published by Peter Vuust, professor and center leader for Center for Music in the Brain. We’ve always had music. The […]

27. April 2017

Professor and Chair Liselotte Højgaard in committee behind new report about medicin of the future

For the past two years, Professor and Chair Liselotte Højgaard has been part of a committee commissioned by the President of France, François Hollande, to write a report about health research and innovation. The committe’s report is out now. 5 propositions pour la médecine du futur “The French report is on par with the Danish report from the […]

25. April 2017

CP3-Origins organizes the “Quantum Rascals” – an outreach initiative targeting children and young people

The DNRF funded CP³-Origins (Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology) at University of Southern Denmark organizes the “Quantum Rascals”, an outreach initiative which introduces children, young people and the broad public to physics, and not least the mysteries of the universe. Center leader Francesco Sannino has designed and initiated the project in collaboration with Professor WSR Claudio […]

20. April 2017

Center leader Bo Brummerstedt Iversen receives HM Queen Margrethe II’s videnskabspris 2017

Wednesday April 19, 2017 HM the Queen presented the prize to center leader and professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen from Center for Materials Crystallography (CMC) in the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. See more via the Royal Academy The Royal Academy established the prize in 2015 on the occation of its patroness HM the Queen’s 75th birthday. […]

20. April 2017

Center leader Lars Arge conferred a honorary doctorate at TU Eindhoven

Today, Lars Arge from Center for Massive Data Algorithmics (MADALGO) is conferred a honorary doctorate at TU Eindhoven. Every year Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) confer one honorary doctorate. This year the degree will be conferred on Lars Arge who is a Professor of Computer Science at Aarhus University and Director of the Danish National Research […]

19. April 2017

The Danish National Research Foundation’s ten new Centers of Excellence

The foundation has decided to initiate contract negotiations to establish the new Centers of Excellence with: Ulrik Lund Andersen, Technical University of Denmark, for the Center for Macroscopic Quantum States (BigQ). The foundation is prepared to grant up to DKK 63 million. Tel.: +45 2985 6067 / e-mail: ulrik.andersen@fysik.dtu.dk Read more via the Technical University […]

18. April 2017

1 billion DKK from the Danish National Research Foundation to ten new Centers of Excellence

The DNRF is investing 600 million DKK now, and allocating another 400 million DKK for ten new Centers of Excellence that will set an international standard for innovative research. See who has been invited for contract negotiations Read the DNRF press announcement

18. April 2017

Centers of Excellence – Performers of high-quality research

“It is encouraging for Danish research that we are now able to launch these ten new centers. They will advance research forefronts each in their own way, and the new center leaders are all characterized by a surplus of quality, creativity and originality. They are enthusiastic about their research making an impact for all of society. […]

6. April 2017

Journal dedicates a special issue to the Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces (QGM)

The 25th volume of the Travaux Mathématiques is dedicated to the scientific work of Centre Director Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen and other researchers at the Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces (QGM). “The intention is to give a snapshot of the very interesting spread of pure mathematics together with its application, which are being conducted […]

6. April 2017

Urbnet attached to a unique excavation of the Forum of Julius Cæsar in Rome

A unique 3-year archaeological excavation project on the Forum of Julius Cæsar in Rome, is scheduled to begin in the autumn of this year (2017). The project is a collaboration between the Danish Institute in Rome and the Roman Municipal Department of Antiquities: the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali. The project is scientifically associated with Urban […]

3. April 2017

News from Centre for Particle Physics & Origin Mass CP3 – Origins

The scientific review co-authored by one of the world-leading staff members at CP3,  Associate Professor Michele Della Morte in lattice QFT for standard model physics and beyond was chosen to be on the cover of the European Journal of Physics. Read more here Center leader Francesco Sannino has been promoted to Associate Editor for the Frontier […]

3. April 2017

Niels Bohr Professor Subir Sarkar receives the Homi Bhabha Medal and Prize 2017

Niels Bohr Professor Subir Sarkar receives the Homi Bhabha Medal and Prize 2017. “My activities in building up astro-particle physics in Denmark have no doubt played a part in this. I am very thankful for the generous support of the DNRF in this regard”, says Professor Sarkar. The award is made bi-annually to an active […]

3. April 2017

CON AMORE headed by Dorthe Berntsen receives the 2017 Aristotle Prize

Read more via the European Federation og Psychologists’ Association (EFPA) Read more via Aarhus University Read more about CON AMORE

31. March 2017

Center leader Jens Lundgren receives the Hagedorn prize 2017 for his groundbreaking studies of HIV

Read more via the Novo Nordisk Foundation (in Danish)

9. March 2017

CP3-scientist Heidi Rzehak’s work has been selected for Elsevier’s Virtual Special Issue on Women in Physics 2017

Just announced on March 8, 2017, CP³-scientist Heidi Rzehak‘s work A review of Higgs mass calculations in supersymmetric models has been selected for Elsevier’s Virtual Special Issue on Women in Physics 2017. Center leader at CP3 Origins Francesco Sannino says: “We could not be prouder of Heidi, especially given that the news was given on the […]

3. March 2017

Center leader Bo Barker Jørgensen receives the A.C. Redfield Award for his substantial scientific influence

Leader of the DNRF’s Center for Geomicrobiology at Aarhus University, professor Bo Barker Jørgensen has been awarded the prestigious A.C. Redfield Award. The prize, which is awarded by the ‘Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’ (ASLO), is a prize for world-class scientists. See more via Jyllands-Posten (in Danish) In their announcement about the choice of center […]

24. February 2017

The Elite Forsk awards 2017

February 23, 2017 the prestigious EliteForsk prizes were awarded at Glyptoteket. Among the recepients of the 1.2 million DKK were center leader from ICourts, professor Mikael Rask Madsen and professor Søren Galatius from Center for Symmetry og Deformation (SYM). ”The Danish National Research Foundation congratulates on the award. Mikael Rask Madsen has in the first five years of […]

15. February 2017

Professor Poul Nissen receives the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize

Poul Nissen, Professor at Aarhus University, is receiving the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his pioneering studies of the structure and function of ion pumps. Through his research, Poul Nissen has clarified in detail, among other things, how ions and nutrients are transported into and out of cells. This fundamental knowledge is very significant for […]

6. February 2017

Niels Bohr Professor David Needham moves to SDU Health Faculty

David Needham and his research group have obtained basic research results at a level that now allows the group to proceed to test their ideas in environments closer to patients. The Department of Molecular Medicine, IMM, at the SDU Health Faculty has a long experience of translational medical research, and the switch from the SDU […]

2. February 2017

Here are the six new Niels Bohr Professors

The following six highly recognized researchers have been invited to contract negotiations with the DNRF: Niels Bohr Professor: Rita Felski, University of Virginia Uses of Literature: The Social Dimensions of Literature. Host professor: Anne Marie Mai, University of Southern Denmark Read more via University of Southern Denmark (in Danish) The Niels Bohr professorship is expected to develop new analytical […]



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