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08 May 2012

John Renner Hansen new Dean of Faculty

Head of Department, John Renner Hansen, Niels Bohr Institute is the new dean of the merged Natural and Life Sciences Faculty.

Head of Department, John Renner Hansen, Niels
Bohr Institute is the new dean of the merged
Natural and Life Sciences Faculty.

"In a strong field of applicants with several qualified external and internal candidates the selection committee has focused on getting an experienced university leader to head the new large faculty. John Renner Hansen's main role as dean will be to create a new faculty where the best of the merged entities is promoted and a common direction for the faculty is created, "says Rector Ralf Hemmingsen, who has followed the recommendation of John Renner Hansen from an unanimous selection committee.

As dean, he shall, in collaboration with the other faculty management provide a framework for strengthening of the academic development and providing education of the highest quality. The faculty will conduct outstanding research on international level in collaboration with partners both nationally and internationally.

"It is with great enthusiasm, I said yes to the rector's offer to become dean of the new merged Natural and Life Sciences Faculty. The post holds many of the same elements as the post of Head of the Niels Bohr Institute does - just on a larger scale. So I feel very well prepared for the job", says John Renner Hansen, adding:

"The Niels Bohr Institute has in recent years undergone a very positive development in all areas and is now strongly positioned in relation to the many new opportunities and challenges that the institutes in SCIENCE are facing after the merge. I'm confident for the Niels Bohr Institute's future, leaving it in safe hands of the management team to lead the way forward".

Experienced leader

Professor John Renner Hansen has a solid career as a scientist in high energy physics and more than 35 years of teaching experience. After a master's degree in 1980, he joined the European center for particle physics, CERN in Geneva, where he worked until 1986 and again from 1992 to 1993. He received his PhD. in 1987, became associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in 1995 and professor in 2002. Since 1997 he has been part of management at the Institute, first as responsible for teaching, then as deputy head and in 2005 he became head of department.

"As head of the Niels Bohr Institute since 2005, John Renner Hansen has achieved good results for the department. I have confidence that he can use his experience to assemble and develop the newly merged Natural and Life Sciences Faculty," Rector Ralf Hemmingsen emphasizes.

John Renner Hansen begins his new position as dean the 1st of June and his place of work will be Frederiksberg Campus.

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