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Five outstanding researchers honoured with EliteForsk awards

February 25, 2016
H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary and the Minister for Higher Education and Science Esben Lunde Larsen are presenting EliteForsk awards to five of Denmark's most talented young researchers today. This marks the tenth year of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science's EliteForsk awards.

Five of Denmark's most talented young researchers will receive DKK 1.2 million today in recognition of their achievements in research. DKK 200,000 of this is a personal award, while DKK 1 million is for  their research activities.

The awards will be presented by H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary and the Minister for Higher Education and Science Esben Lunde Larsen at a ceremony at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen.

- We should pay tribute to and make room for those who clearly excel. The EliteForsk awards celebrate some of Denmark's most talented researchers who dare to set the bar high and are driven by the ambition to be the best in their field. It is important, as high quality research is a crucial prerequisite for prosperity and welfare, says Esben Lunde Larsen.

The recipients of the EliteForsk awards 2016 are:

David Dreyer Lassen, born 1973, professor of political economics, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

Liv Hornekær, born 1972, associate professor of physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University

Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, born 1969, professor of architecture, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation

Petar Popovski, born 1973, professor of wireless communications, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University

Peter Lodahl, born 1972, professor of physics, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Twenty talented PhD students will also receive EliteForsk travel scholarships worth DKK 200,000 at the ceremony. The scholarships will help the students to supplement their studies abroad at some of the best research environments in the world.

- The government's ambition is for Danish research to belong among the ranks of the international elite. I am therefore very pleased that young talented PhD students will now have the opportunity to gather valuable knowledge, inspiration and experience from the leading researchers at the best research institutes in the world, says Esben Lunde Larsen.

Those who received prestigious research grants from the European Research Council and the Danish Council for Independent Research last year will also be honoured at today's ceremony.

For further information please contact:

Special adviser Jane Benarroch, tel. +45 7231 8209, e-mail eliteforsk@fi.dk

Press and communications adviser Steen Bruun Jensen, tel. +45 7231 8216, e-mail sbj@fi.dk

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