Professor Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres was recently appointed as a member of the board of the Danish National Research Foundation. She is a professor of physics at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, and was appointed after nomination by ATV, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
Professor of Physics Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres has been appointed a member of the board of the Danish National Research Foundation as of September 1, 2018. Professor Sotomayor was born in 1955 in Arica, Chile, and moved to England in 1976, where she received her Ph.D. in physics at Manchester University in 1984. Subsequently, she has held research positions in Scotland, Germany, and Ireland. Since 2008, Sotomayor has been a professor Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Barcelona, Spain, where she is in charge of a research group that works on nanofabrication and phonon engineering.
As a DNRF board member, Professor Sotomayor looks forward to contributing to the continuation of the proud Danish science tradition and to following the developments in Danish research.
“I feel privileged to be in a position to contribute, as a board member, to enable support for the best science emerging from research laboratories in Denmark. Denmark has a remarkable scientific tradition and the work of the board, among others, is to ensure its continued development,” Professor Sotomayor said. She added:
“A key advantage for Denmark is that the DNRF grants enable strong, well-funded research communities with a time horizon that, among other things, provide space for serendipity, which is currently a luxury in the European research environment. I look forward to learning from the new science carried out at the foundation’s funding instruments and to enjoy witnessing the new knowledge emanating from the research communities.”
Professor Sotomayor was nominated by ATV, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.
The board consists of nine members, whom must possess insight into research at an international level. The Minister for Higher Education and Science appoints the chair and one ordinary member without external nomination. The seven remaining members of the board are appointed by the Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education following the nominations of The Independent Research Fund Denmark (3), The Danish Rectors’ Conference (1), the Joint Committee of Directors at Governmental Research Institutes (1), the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1), and the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (1).
More about Professor Sotomayor’s research and career can be found here