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DTU Celebrates Research Excellence with DKK 449 Million in Grants

Researchers honoured for their world-class research. Photo: Magnus Møller.

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) recently honored 28 outstanding researchers for their world-class contributions to science and technology, ranging from advancements in 3D-printed metal microstructures to the exploration of stellar magnetic fields and the dynamics of electron and ion movement in batteries. This celebration of academic excellence, held in DTU's Glass Hall, saw these scholars collectively receiving DKK 449 million in individual excellence grants over the past year, underscoring DTU's commitment to fostering pioneering research.

DTU Executive Vice President and Provost Rasmus Larsen hosted the event, which was attended by approximately 75 guests. In his address, Larsen highlighted the profound impact that the researchers' work is expected to have on society, emphasizing the importance of their contributions to DTU's mission of developing technology for the benefit of people worldwide. "Your research will affect the lives of many people in one way or another," he stated, acknowledging the vital role of the grants in both advancing the recipients' careers and enhancing DTU's stature as a hub of excellence capable of attracting top talent globally.

The ceremony also featured speeches by Associate Professor Julia Kirch Kirkegaard of DTU Wind and Energy Systems, a recipient of both a Sapere Aude grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark and an ERC Starting Grant for her project 'Good-by-Devicing.' Additionally, Associate Professor Erwin Schoof from DTU Bioengineering shared insights into his research, which has been supported by numerous prestigious grants, including a recent Lundbeck Fellowship focusing on cancer treatment through the study of key proteins in blood cells.

The event culminated in a networking session, offering grant recipients and guests a valuable opportunity to interact across diverse academic disciplines. This cross-pollination of ideas and experiences is a testament to DTU's vibrant and creative research environment, facilitated by the generous support of various funding bodies.

The grants awarded to these distinguished researchers came from a variety of sources, including the European Research Council (ERC), the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF), the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF), the Lundbeck Foundation (LF), and the Carlsberg Foundation. This financial backing enables the continuation and expansion of cutting-edge research projects across a wide range of scientific fields at DTU, from bioengineering and energy to space research and computer science.

The collective recognition of DTU's researchers and their groundbreaking work, supported by an impressive DKK 449 million in grants, showcases the university's leadership in fostering innovation and excellence in scientific research. As these researchers continue to explore uncharted territories and develop technologies with the potential to transform industries and improve lives, DTU stands at the forefront of global efforts to create a more sustainable, healthier, and technologically advanced future.

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