11 May 2010

Professor becomes new Prorector

Thomas BjørnholmThe University Board has decided to appoint Professor Thomas Bjørnholm new Prorector of the University of Copenhagen. Bjørnholm comes from a position as Director of the Nano-Science Center at the Faculty of Science. He will take up the post on 1 September 2010. The prorector position is appointed for a five-year period

Interdisciplinarity in focus

The internationally recognised Thomas Bjørnholm has had a long career in both research and management. He has a PhD in materials chemistry from the University of Copenhagen and has spent the past ten years working cross-disciplinary between a number of rising research areas such as nano-science and synthetic biology. Both areas come to include humanities as well as social sciences when advantages and drawbacks in new technologies are assessed in a social context.

- The University of Copenhagen works consistently to strengthen its position as a European top university. This is done through increased internationalisation and advancement of our interaction with society, by continuingly identifying the fortes of basic research, and by developing our study programmes. Professor Thomas Bjørnholm will be able to contribute his experience with developing new interdisciplinary research fields, business collaboration, and his particular eye for internationalisation. I look forward to continue the University’s progress with the new Prorector, says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen.

Basic research, management and dialogue

As Director of the Nano-Science Center, Thomas Bjørnholm has taken part in creating both the research field and the organisation around it from the start. In less than ten years, Bjørnholm and his collaborators has managed to create a top international research centre, begin new cross-disciplinary study programmes, take home significant research funds in competition with others (more than DKK 600 mio), as well as establishing research collaborations with a large number of businesses.

- The University of Copenhagen has a unique tradition for inventiveness, creativity and pursuit of personal goals. Our challenge is to combine this with good management without loosing sight of the substance. Experience shows that great researchers go where great researchers and research leaders already are. When it comes to this, the international competition is stark. In the future, a part of what we will be competing on is optimum intellectual and physical research frameworks for both individuals and groups, says future Prorector Thomas Bjørnholm.