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Five researchers honoured with DKK 1.2 million EliteForsk Award

February 05, 2014
The Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s EliteForsk Award will be presented to five of the Denmark’s most talented researchers. H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary and the Minister for Higher Education and Science will present the awards.

Five of Denmark’s most talented researchers will each receive an EliteForsk Award of DKK 1.2 million, of which DKK 200,000 is a personal award and DKK 1 million is towards research activities.

The awards will be presented on 6 February by H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary at a ceremony at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Minister for Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen will present the winners.
- The EliteForsk Award is one of the significant markers of quality that younger researchers can achieve in Denmark. These prizes are an acknowledgement of their exceptional talent and great effort. All five recipients are distinguished representatives of Danish research and are proof that we are among the best, when talent is combined with ambition and dedication. I look forward to following their work in the future, says Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

Recipients of EliteForsk Award 2014

  • Mads Brandbyge, 44 years, Associate Professor, PhD., M.Sc., Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology & Center for Nanostructured Graphene, Technical University of Denmark 
  • Morten Petersen Broberg, 45 years, Professor in International Development Law, Jean Monnet professor, PhD, HD(U), Faculty of Law,  Centre for Studies in Legal Culture, University of Copenhagen.
  • Daniel Otzen, 45 years, Professor, PhD., MSc, iNANO and Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
  • Martin Røssel Larsen, 43 years, Professor with special responsibilities, PhD., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark
  • Jens-Christian Svenning, 39 years, Professor, PhD. in biology, Department of Bioscience  - Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University

In addition to the five EliteForsk Awards, the Minister will also present 20 talented young PhD students with EliteForsk travel scholarships worth DKK 300,000, to supplement their studies for a short or longer period aboard at leading international universities within their respective fields.

- The Danish government has a strong focus on the internationalisation of research and education. These EliteForsk travel scholarships will allow the most talented young researchers to attend some of the world’s leading international research environments and return home with invaluable knowledge, says Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

Also at the ceremony at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Danish Council for Independent Research will honour the top researchers, research leaders and research talents who received the Council’s Sapere Aude grants in 2013.

For further information please contact:

Grete Kladakis, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, tel: +45 2518 6628, e-mail: gk@fi.dk
Press and communications adviser Steen Bruun Jensen, tel: +45 4132 6030, e-mail: sbj@fi.dk

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