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ST Awards 2017

Recognition is important. Recognition is the key to what motivates us to make great efforts. Recognition of specific achievements focuses attention on our values. Giving recognition is something we are not always good enough at doing in our busy lives. This is something where there is much room for improvement.

To celebrate members of staff who have made great efforts – generally and during the year that has passed since last year’s summer celebration – we present six prizes that give recognition. The six prizes are awarded in different areas, and each one consists of a diploma and the sum of DKK 10,000. The six prizes are:

See below who the award winners 2017 are and why they each receive an award.

Niels Chr. Nielsen



ST Education Award

The ST Education Award 2017 goes to Associate Professor Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, for his contribution to increasing the quality of teaching at ST, not only through his own engaging teaching style, but also for developing a new tool that is available to all teachers.

Associate Professor Brodersen is a very dedicated teacher, who for many years has been at the forefront of the work involved in modernising the traditional styles of teaching. Starting with the need to activate students to a greater extent, at the same time as improving written communication, he developed on his own initiative – the web-based teaching system that benefits many students and other teachers.

Using the platform, teachers can send written exercises to their students, who then respond online within a specified deadline. Once the answers have been submitted, they are sent for peer review by fellow students, who provide feedback and comments after they have answered the question themselves and seen the teacher’s response. In contrast to existing systems based on multiple choice questions, supports assignments and answers in free text form, which to a greater extent reflects the Danish form of examination. The students become stronger in their written formulation, and their learning is strengthened by being actively involved in assessing each other’s answers.

ST Industrial Collaboration Award

The ST Industrial Collaboration Award 2017 goes to Professor Mogens Sandø Lund, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, for his long-standing efforts and considerable influence on business collaboration regarding refinement and breeding in Denmark.

Through his research, Professor Lund has focused on exploiting genomic information (genotypes and full genome sequencing) and phenotypes to understand the background for complex and economically important properties such as diseases, production, reproduction and product quality in crops and livestock.

This basic research has had such great commercial potential for plant refinement and livestock breeding that a number of collaborations have been established with plant and livestock breeders. As the main applicant, Professor Lund has thus secured projects valued at more than DKK 200 million with a number of refinement and breeding companies during the course of the last decade. These include VikingGenetics, SEGES (formerly VSP Pig Research Centre), Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation (NAV), Kopenhagen Fur, AquaSearch, Danish Warmblood, DLF Trifolium, Nordic Seed, Sejet Plant Breeding, LKF Vandel and EuroGenomics. The main focus is on cattle, but the collaborations also include pigs, mink, horses, trout, grass, wheat, barley and potatoes.

Professor Lund is also a member of a number of steering groups for business-oriented projects, especially in the field of genomic selection.

ST Science Award

The ST Science Award 2017 goes to Professor Lars Hestbjerg Hansen, Department of Environmental Science, for his strong scientific work at the department’s Section for Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Professor Hansen has demonstrated a distinctly innovative intellectual and easy-going approach in executing his work at the Department of Environmental Science. He has built up a large group of researchers, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students involved in the analysis of microbial organic compounds. His strong focus on analysing the microbial community’s mobilome is world-leading, and this area extends to good collaborative connections with the department’s other work areas.

Professor Hansen is a sought-after partner and he has been responsible for building up a very strong DNA sequencing unit that has led to a considerable number of collaborative projects.

ST TAP Award

The ST TAP Award 2017 goes to Jacques Chevallier, Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), for his considerable efforts during forty years – both technically and academically.

Jacques Chevallier graduated as a metallurgy engineer in France, but was appointed head of the thin film laboratory at the Department of Physics and Astronomy as early as 1974. From 1982, he was also appointed head of the chemistry laboratory at the same department and from 2010, head of the clean room at iNANO. In his daily activities, he heads a staff of four. His major contribution to research, particularly in the field of thin film, has led to the co-authorship of 126 articles.

During the last five years, Jacques Chevallier’s specific coordination efforts have resulted in building up the clean room at iNANO and getting it started, followed by installing the numerous new electron microscopes for which iNANO has secured funding. These efforts have been crucial for their successful start-up and operation. Driven by his strong professional and technical interest, Jacques Chevallier has been involved to the smallest detail, and his considerable experience and knowledge have been outstanding.

In his day-to-day contact with innumerable members of the academic (VIP) and technical/administrative (TAP) staff, Jacques Chevallier is held in high esteem, not only for his professional and technical efforts, but also for his endearing nature, which is always inclusive and empathic. He is unusually gentle and feels considerable responsibility for ensuring that everyone has a sense of being heard and well treated. Creating a good atmosphere for his immediate staff is a matter of prime importance to him. They all appreciate his focus on prioritising and distributing duties as well as possible.

ST Talent Award

The ST Talent Award 2017 goes to 25-year-old PhD student William Joyce, Department of Bioscience, for his exceptional scientific efforts at such a young age.

William Joyce’s enthusiastic interest in science and his outstanding abilities have resulted in an impressive list of publications with more then ten peer-reviewed articles and growing international recognition. This has resulted in assessment tasks for journals and invited lectures at the annual meetings of the Society for Experimental Biology and the Scandinavian Physiological Society.

He is also a brilliant and dedicated teacher, with the energy to relate information about physiological adjustments of animals to the social media, as well as working as an invited writer for the Journal of Experimental Biology – the best comparative physiology journal.

William Joyce is studying the evolution of the heart, with particular focus on understanding the mechanisms that determine how the heart fills with blood from venous circulation. Very little is known about this important function. As a comparative physiologist, he carries out studies on a number of different animal groups, but his particular focus is on fish and reptiles. He has already achieved new and surprising results in his research.

ST Public Sector Consultancy Award

The ST Public Sector Consultancy Award 2017 goes to Professor Hanne Damgaard Poulsen, Department of Animal Science, for her considerable efforts in public sector consultancy over a long period of time.

Professor Poulsen was appointed chair of the committee for public sector consultancy when it was set up at the Department of Animal Science in 2011. Here she has made strong efforts by organising the area, including determining the framework. She has coordinated the task portfolio for the Department of Animal Science, has been responsible for budgeting, ongoing quality assurance and follow-up on deliveries, and has provided the head of department and departmental management with feedback.

Professor Poulsen is a popular partner, not only at the Department of Animal Science, but also in the ministry, where she has a good network. When she retires in 2018, Professor Poulsen’s shoes will be hard to fill.

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