7 December 2011

John Renner Hansen to continue as Head of Institute at NBI

John Renner Hansen, who was appointed as the director of the Niels Bohr Institute in January 2007, has accepted a new three-year contract starting from January 1st, 2012.

John Renner Hansen, Head of Institute

John Renner Hansen, a professor in particle physics, was already Institute Head in 2005 under the old university law and there have been big changes since then.

“In 2005 we changed the internal management structure from departments to research groups and we currently have 10 very well-functioning groups, which all, in one way or another, participate in centre activities. This creates a dynamic research environment of the highest calibre and a research based education that creates internationally sought after candidates. We now have six large Centers of Excellence in geophysics, astrophysics, biophysics, quantum physics and particle physics. In addition, we are part of an interdisciplinary centre for stars and planets. Besides this there is a great deal of support from private and other public foundations as well as EU-funded grants to a degree rarely seen”, says John Renner Hansen.

Future research environment

One of the major projects in the coming years is the setting up of the new Niels Science Park, which will house physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and science education. Construction should be finished in 2015.

“In the new facilities we can exploit the proximity to other fields and raise the profile of the sciences as a culture-bearing part of society”, says John Renner Hansen, who also sees a great advantage in having the data centre for the research facility ESS in Lund as an integral part of the building. The use of e-Science will provide major benefits for all research fields and the University of Copenhagen’s participation in research at ESS will be of immense importance for future scientific research.

John Renner Hansen is looking forward to participating as the Institute Head for three more years so that he can contribute to instituting a 21st century research environment.