David Dreyer Lassen appointed new chair for the Independent Research Fund Denmark
Professor David Dreyer Lassen from the DNRF’s Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) has been appointed the new chair of the Independent Research Fund Denmark by Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers. Dreyer Lassen is a professor of economics at the Economic Institute, University of Copenhagen; vice director at the basic research center CEBI; he has been chairman of the Research Committee in Society and Business at the Independent Research Fund Denmark since 2014. Furthermore, Dreyer Lassen has been a member of the Committee for Better University Education since 2017.
CeMiSt at High Tech Summit 2018
At this year’s High Tech Summit conference and exhibition at the Technical University of Denmark, October 10-11, the DNRF’s CeMiSt participated in a track on “Big Data, Small Microbes,” concerning large data in microbial study communities. The track included speakers such as Professor Mikael Rørdam Andersen, Professor Tillmann Weber, and Assistant Professor Tammi Camilla Vesth. The center’s participation was a huge success, with many visitors and a panel of speakers from both industry and academia.
New book from UrbNet
Professor and head of center Rubina Raja, from basic research center UrbNet, and Achim Lichtenberger, from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, have recently published a book in the new series Jerash Papers. The book explores the many archeological examinations made in and around the Decapolis city of Jerash in Northern Jordan during the last 110 years. The publication is a collection of work by different researchers who have been studying Jerash over the past four decades, including the UrbNet-based excavation project, the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project, led by Professor Raja, among others.
CMEC in Altinget article on forests and climate change
In an article in Altinget 29, Professor and head of center Carsten Rahbek, lecturer Jacob Heilmann Clausen, and special consultant Anders Højgård Petersen, from the basic research center CMEC, together with a number of other researchers within the field of climate and forests, stress how forest growth is the optimal tool to decrease CO2 and that it can play an important role in climate change. By purposely farming the Danish forests, one cannot solely minimize CO2 in the atmosphere because it takes a lot of time for trees to absorb and store the CO2, but also because the trees can replace the fossil fuel when they are harvested.
Renowned researcher collaborates with HYPERMAG
Professor Emeritus Philip Kuchel, from the University of Sydney, Australia, is visiting the DNRF’s center HYPERMAG for an extended period of time to collaborate with researchers such as head of center Jan Ardenkjær-Larsen on a research project with great potential. The aim of the project is to show how a special tracking substance can be used effectively to carry out a fast and non-invasive analysis of biological systems, and such an analysis can shed light on how living cells interact and sense their surroundings. Professor Kuchel’s visit to HYPERMAG is supported with a visiting grant from the Lundbeck Foundation.
Interview with PROMEMO’s head of center Anders Nykjær in Nature
Professor Ander Nykjær, who is head of center at the DNRF’s Center for Proteins in Memory (PROMEMO), has been interviewed in the prestigious scientific journal Nature in relation to the inauguration of the new Skou research building at the Institute for Biomedicine at Aarhus University. Professor Nykjær and PROMEMO, together with other research colleagues, will be a part of the Skou building’s research environment. Nykjær’s laboratory will be one of the first ones to move into the new accommodations in the research building. The six-floor high-tech research building contains new advanced laboratories, offices, and common areas for approximately 300 employees and will be the home of future biomedical discoveries and research at Aarhus University.
In an article in Nature Vuust talks about how to unite interest and career
Musician and head of center at the Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University, Peter Vuust, talks about the art of uniting one’s interests with a career in an article published in Nature. In the article, Vuust describes how to best juggle an interdisciplinary career as a neuroscientist with a life as a professional musician, giving 60 concerts yearly. Vuust notes that a grant from the Danish National Research Foundation gave his research greater freedom and that the key to having a successful research career is to make your passion your research field.