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Jens Jørgen Gaardhøje

Jens Jørgen Gaardhøje




Curriculum Vitæ       Professor Dr. Sc. Jens Jørgen Gaardhøje

Biographical data

Born:                        November 1954 in Hørsholm, Denmark.
Nationality:             Danish.
Marital status:        Married to school director Janne Gaardhøje since 1979.
                                   Children: Jacob (34), Johan (32) and Jesper (23)


Dr. Scient.(Habilitation) 1993    Faculty of Natural Science, University of Copenhagen,
Cand. Scient.(Ms. Sc.)    1980    Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
                                                         Physics and Astronomy, specialization in  
                                                         experimental nuclear physics.
Baccalaureat C              1972.     Lyçee Français Charles Lepierre, Lisbon, Portugal,
                                                          section C(Mat&Ph


Fluent:                  Danish, French, English and Portugues
Conversant:         Italian, Spanish, German and other Nordic languages


  • Experimental physics. Nuclear and particle physics. Accelerator physics.
  • Ultrarelativistic Heavy Ion reactions. Quark deconfinement and strong
  • Interactions. Quantum Chromo Dynamics. Hadronic physics.
  • Quark Gluon Plasma. Big Bang cosmology. Early universe.
  • Collective motion in atomic nuclei. Giant resonances. Intermediate energy
  • Heavy Ion collisions. Nuclear gamma ray spectroscopy.
  • High rate and fast-timing coincidence techniques for particle and gamma ray detection.
  • Science education. Brain drain &gain. Science for development. Global sustainability. Education as a democratic tool, science in developing countries, capacity building, training of teachers.
  • Ethics of science, free access to knowledge, Education for all (EFA)

 Employment History
2012-present   Head of subatomic physics section at Niels Bohr Institute, UCPH.
2004-present   Tenured full professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, Univ. Copenhagen.
1994 - 2004.     Tenured associate professor (‘lektor’) at the Niels  Bohr Institute.
1991 - 1994      Research associate professor(‘forskningslektor’) at the Niels Bohr
1985 - 1991.     Research associate professor (‘forskningslektor’), Carlsberg Foundation.
1983 - 1985.     Senior research associate, Danish Natural Science Research Council.
1981 - 1983.     Research assoc. Faculty of  Natural Science of the Univ. of Copenhagen.
1974 - 1981.     Teacher at high school level (adult ed.). From 1976, as assistant professor

Professional appointments (committees, boards, adv.panels, etc.)

2016-present       Scietific Advisory Board, Science Europe, Brussels.
2016-present       Vice president, CERN–Council, Geneva, CH.
2016                       FCT evaluation committee, Portugal.
2016                       Chair of the HCERES review of SUBATECH Natl. Lab., Nantes, France.
2015-present        Director, NICE, National center for CERN research.
2015                        Advisory committee for High Energy Physics, FPA, SEIDI, Madrid, Spain
2011-2013             Beredningsgrupp BG-1, Rådet for Forsknings-Infrastruktur (RFI)
                                 Research Infrastructure, Vetenskabsrådet, Sweden.
2013-2017             Steering group. National Research Schools-II, NFR, Norway.
2012-present        Research Board of the Niels Bohr Institute, UCPH.
2012-present        Division Director, Subatomic Physics, Niels Bohr Institute.
2012-present        Member of the Niels Bohr Institute leadership team (ILT).
2012-present        Treasurer, NUPECC, Nuclear Physics European Collaboration
2012-present        Chair of the board of the DISCOVERY Center of Excellence,
                                 Danmarks Grundforskningsfond (DNRF).
2012                        Member of the European Strategy Group for Particle Physics.
2012-present        Danish National Scientific Delegate to the Council of CERN,Geneva, CH.
2011                        International Research Assessment of Romanian Universities,
2011                         Beredningsgrupp Fysik-Astro-Plasma, NFR, Sweden.
2011-2012              Steering board Nordic Data Grid Facility (NDGF), DK.
2010                         Visiting committee, IPN Lyon, France.
2010-2013              Board of directors, European Theory Center (ECT*), Trento, Italy.
2009-present         Co-PI of DISCOVERY, Center of Excellence in
                                  Particle Physics and Phenomenology, Danish Basic Research
1998-2005-2010 -2013     Founding chair & chair of the UNESCO Niels Bohr Gold Medal
2008                   FRITEK panel (research and technology), NFR, Norway.
2008-present    Academic Executive Board, Danish Research Academy.
2008-2010         Steering group, NUPECC, European Long Plan for Nuclear Physics.
2008-2011         Steering group. Danish Research Network (‘Forskningsnettet’)
2008-2013         Steering group. National Research Schools, NFR, Norway.
2008                    Steering group, Bamako, Global Ministerial Forum on Research
                             for Health. COHERD, UNESCO , WB, WHO, UM.  
2008-present           Exec. Board of NICE, National Instrument Center for CERN Research.
2007-2012                Danish Natural Science Research Council (FNU). Ministry of Science.
2007-2014                Executive Board and Jury. ‘Women in Science’,
                                    L’Oréal- UNESCO- Royal Danish Academy of Science
2006-2008                Comité National du departement, CNRS-(IN2P3-PNPP), France.
2006-present           Danish delegate to the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration
                                    Committee, (NUPECC).
                                    Chair of the standing Hadron Physics committee.
2005-present         Management board of the ALICE experiment, CERN, CH.
2004-2012              Advisory board to the UNESCO DG for the International Basic
                                  Science Program (IBSP), Paris, France
2004                         DOE review panel of National Labs, Washington, USA.
2003-2005          Founding Chair, Senior Faculty of the Niels Bohr Institute.  
2004-2007          Executive Board of ICE-2, Instrument Center for CERN Research.
2003-2010          Scientific advisory board, SUBATECH, Ecole Normale     
                              Supérieure des Mines, Nantes, France.
2003-2010          Associate Editor, ‘Nuclear Physics A’, Elsevier Publishing Co., NL.
2002-2012          Director, ‘International Ph. D. School of Excellence in Physics at NBI’,
                              Danish Research Council (FUR)
2002-2010          Co-director, Giessen-Copenhagen, GK-GK, European Graduate College.
2002-2005          UNGASS, World Summit on Sust. Development (WSSD), Johannesburg.
2000-present         Project leader,  ALICE Forward Multiplicity Detector project,
                                  Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN, Geneva, CH.
2000-2003              Exec. Board of ICE, Instrument Center for CERN Research.
1999-present        Technical board for the ALICE project at LHC, CERN, CH.
1998-2002             Director, Ph. D. school of physics of the Niels Bohr Institute.f.AFG.
1998-2002          Ph. D. council of the Faculty of Nat. Sc., Univ. Copenhagen.
1998-2014          President of the standing science subcomm. UNESCO DK Natl. Com.
1998-2014          Executive Board of the Danish UNESCO National Commission.
1998-2014          Danish National Commission for UNESCO.
1997-2011          Co-Spokesman, BRAHMS experiment at  the Relativistic Heavy Ion
                              Collider (RHIC) project, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA.
1997-2000             Nuclear and Particle Physics Committee of the
                                 Royal Swedish Natural Science Research Council (NFR).
1996- present       Danish representative in the ‘Collaboration Board’  and ‘Finance
                                 board' of the joint European ALICE detector project at CERN, Geneva, CH.
1996-1999              Exec. Board of CRAK, Center for CERN Research.
1995-present         Group leader, High Energy Heavy Ion Group (HEHI), Niels Bohr
1995-present         National Physics Censorship Corps for advanced education in
1988-1993              Program Advisory Committee at the SARA cyclotron facility,
                                  Institut des Sciences Nucléaires (ISN) de Grenoble, France.
1987-1994              Spokesperson, international nuclear physics HECTOR experiment
                                  (Denmark, Italy, Poland, Netherlands collaboration).
1985-1992.             Executive board of the Danish Physical Society, Nuclear and
                                  Particle physics.        

Stays Abroad

1980- Numerous extended visits at: CERN (CH), Brookhaven National
Laboratory (USA), Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (USA), Oak Ridge
National Laboratory (USA), Stony Brook University (USA),
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Institut des Sciences
Nucléaires de Grenoble (F), Ganil (F), CNRS Strasbourg (F), Daresbury
Laboratory (UK).
1984. Visiting scientist at State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, NY, USA.
1956-1972 Resident in Lisboa, Portugal

Professional membershi

Since 1997    Danish Academy of Natural Science (DNA)
Since 1980    Danish Physical Society (DFS)
Since 1980     European Physical Society (EPS)

Awards and grants

            Chevalier dans L’ordre des Palmes Académiques, République Française.
            Professor Honoris Causa, Univ. of Bukarest, Romania.
            Carlsberg Foundation Associate Research Professor.
            Lørup travelling stipend.
            Numerous grants from Danish Natural Science Research Council
            (SNF &FNU), Carlsberg Foundation, Danish Research Academy,
            Danmarks Grundforskningsfond (DNRF), various Danish private
            foundations (i.a. Augustinus Fonden, Knud Højgaards fond, Otto
            Mønsteds fond, Consul Jorck og Hustru’s fond etc.), DANIDA, Lørup,
            UNESCO participation funds, Danish Ministry of Research, Danish
            Ministry of Education, FUR.  
            Elected Fellow of the Danish Academy of Natural Science.
            Selected Top 5 in DK research by ‘Ingeniøren’ (2006).
            Elected Vice President of the Science commission, UNESCO 35
            General Assembly, Paris, 2009.

            Total external research funding as PI or co-PI: Over 140 MDKK.                            

Scientific papers

        More than 270 scientific papers in international scientific literature (203PR),i
        ncl. 31 PRL and 25 PLB.
        Over 19000 citations (Inspire), over 25000 citations (Google scholar)
        H = 74 (InSpire), H= 79 (Google scholar).
        10 most cited papers : > 680 citations/paper. (4x500+,12x250+, 37x100

Student and postdoc supervision

                                      Supervised: 14 PhD, 17 MSc students and 19 post docs

Major  Experiments_

        NORDBALL (Risø, DK)
        TESSA (Risø and Daresbury, UK)
        SpinSpectrometer (Oak Ridge, USA)
        HECTOR (Risø, Berkeley, Grenoble, Stony Brook)
        MEDEA (Ganil, F)
        E866 (Brookhaven, AGS,  USA)
        NA44 (CERN, SPS, CH)
        BRAHMS (Brookhaven, RHIC, USA)
        ALICE – A Large Ion Collider Experiment- (CERN, CH)                     

Major Instruments designed and built

HECTOR array consisting 8 large single BaF2 scintillator crystals for
        medium energy photon spectrometry  (<150 MeV) and 64
        hexagonal BaF2 multiplicity array for low energy photons (<2MeV).
        4 Fission and Fusion residue parallel plate avalanche detectors for medium
        energy heavy ion reactions.
        Time of flight array for the NA44 experiment at CERN-SPS.
        D2 C-type high-res. spectroscopy magnet for BRAHMs experiment.
        2 time of flight arrays and time projection chamber (TPC) for the
        BRAHMS experiment at BNL/RHIC.
        Forward Multiplicity Detector, a 51200 channel Si-Strip detector for the
        ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN.                                   


                            5 books edited


            Over 170 invited talks and lectures at international conferences and
            foreign research institutions. Organizer of numerous international
            conferences in nuclear physics, general physics and science in society.


        Numerous appearances in Danish and International TV and radio channels
        (DR1, DR2, TV2, P1, CNN, Russian Ch1, Radio Europe etc..).  Over 40
        live interviews in TV and Radio. Over 80 Newspaper interviews.
        Public lectures. Popular articles.
        Member of PR com., Fac. of Nat. Science, Univ.Copenhagen (1993-1998).      

Other activities                                      

 Co-organizer of Open World conference, 2013, Niels Bohr atomic model Centenary.
Chair, UNESCO-Niels Bohr Gold Medal comm. 1999, 2004, 2010, 2013.
International Advisory Committee of major Intl. Conferences: i.a. INP2010, ENPC 2009-2015, ESS2009, QM2011
Chair, Danish National Committee for International Physics Year 2005. Member, Org. committee for the IUPAP Intl. Nuclear Physics             Conference (INPC2004) Gøteborg, Sweden. Chair.
Danish Delegate to UNESCO General Assembly (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007,2009. 2011, 2013), Paris.
Intl. Adv. Comm. of  the Intl. Quark Matter Conference series (Nantes,
Budapest, Shanghai, Jaipur, Annecy) .
Nordic Intl. Meetings on Nuclear Physics.
Member of the ‘Ove Nathan Memorial lectures’ steering committee,
Politikens fond and NBI (Science and Society).
Organizer of intl. workshop on “Brain Drain and Science Education”
UNESCO, 2005.
Organizer & chair. of  public debate series on ethics in science,
DK Parliament, Christiansborg, 2000.
Organizer and chair of the ‘Perspectives in Physics’ conference, UNESCO
HQ, Paris, 1998.
1999 DK delegation leader to First World Science Conference, UNESCO, Budapest.
Contributing writer for the Danish National Encyclopedia, Gyldendal.
Referee: Phys. Rev. Lett, Phys. Lett. B, PRC, Nuclear Physics A,

Selected publications__

1.“Transverse Momentum Spectra in Au+Au and d+Au Collisions at snn=200GeV and the
 Pseudorapidity Dependence of High pt  Suppression.”
Physical Review Letters, 91, 072305 (2003).                     
Citations: 348.
2.“On the Evolution of the Nuclear Mod. Factors with Rapidity and Central. in d+Au Coll. at snn=200GeV”.
Physical Review Letters, 93, 242303 (2004).                     
Citations: 409.
3.“Quark gluon Plasma and Color Glass Condensate at RHIC. The Perspective from the Brahms Experiment”.
Nuclear Physics, A757, 1 (2005).                         
Citations: 1712.
4. “The Alice experiment at the CERN LHC.”
JINST 3 (2008), S08002.                
Citations: 1369.
5. Elliptic flow of charged particles in PbPb collisions  at 2.76TeV.
Physical Review Letters 105 (2010) 252302.
Citations: 612

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Professional contact address         

            Niels Bohr Institute
            Blegdamsvej 17,
            2100 København
            Tel. (direct):     (+45) 35 32 53 09,
            secr:         (+45) 35 32 53 55 and (+45) 35 32 52 09.
            Fax:         (+45) 35 32 50 16.
            Mobile:         (+45) 20 99 53 09
            Email:              gardhoje@nbi.dk
            Homepage:  http://www.nbi.ku.dk/english/staff/ 

Private address

Kastebjergvej 22
2750 Ballerup
Tlf: (+45) 44 64 66 68   

Running (up to ½ Marathon). Windsurfing. Alpine skiing.
Painting (oil and acrylic).                                      





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