Particle physics professor appointed dean – University of Copenhagen

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08 May 2012

Particle physics professor appointed dean

Experienced leader

John Renner Hansen, Head of the Niels Bohr Institute, will become the new dean of the Faculty of Science. Rector Ralf Hemmingsen will thereby follow the suggestion set forth by a unanimous recommendation committee.

John Renner Nielsen, Head of the Niels Bohr Institute, becomes dean. Photo: NBI

John Renner Hansen, Head of the
Niels Bohr Institute, becomes new
Faculty of Science dean. Photo: NBI.

“Since taking over as head of the Niels Bohr Institute in 2005, John Renner Hansen has created great results for the department. His focus on improving education and to raise external funding is completely aligned with the University’s Strategy 2016. I am confident that he can use his experience to unite and develop the newly merged Faculty of Science,” says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

John Renner Hansen will be appointed dean for a five-year period starting 1 June 2012. John Renner will report to Rector Ralf Hemmingsen and become responsible for the development of the Faculty of Science as well as participate in the general management and development of the University of Copenhagen.

“In a strong field of applicants with many qualified external and internal candidates, the recommendation committee has focused on hiring an experienced university leader to head the new, larger faculty. John Renner Hansen’s most important task as dean will be to create a new faculty that gathers the best from all of the merged units and to head the Faculty of Science in a unified direction,” states Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

As dean, John Renner Hansen – in collaboration with department heads, study directors and the rest of faculty management – must strengthen the academic development and create a framework which ensures that the faculty carries out excellent research at an international level, offers education of the highest quality and cooperates with public and private partners both nationally and internationally.

From upper-secondary teacher to professor

Professor John Renner Hansen (b. 1953) has more than 35 years of teaching experience and has for the last 15 years participated in national and international research management and consultancy. His research background is as a professor of particle physics with several publications in international journals to his name. He has acquired great knowledge of Danish and international research through his participation on various advisory panels, including being chairperson of the Danish Natural Science Research Council.

He started his career as an upper-secondary school teacher parallel to his studies at the University of Copenhagen, but after six years and a completed MSc he became drawn to the world of research. After finishing his MSc in physics with a minor in chemistry from the University of Copenhagen in 1980, John Renner was hired at CERN, the internationally renowned European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneve, where he worked until 1986, and again from 1992 to 1993. John Renner Hansen became Licentiate (Danish PhD before 1990) in 1987 and became associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in 1995, and later professor in 2002.

Since 1997, John Renner Hansen has been a part of the management at the Niels Bohr Institute. At first he was responsible for the department’s educational programmes, then he became deputy director, and in 2005 he was named head of the Niels Bohr Institute, under the former Danish University Act. In 2007, he was appointed head of the Niels Bohr Institute for a five-year period, and in December 2011 he accepted a new three-year extension.


Professort John Renner Hansen
Niels Bohr Institute
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