Mogens Høgh new Secretary General of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
Mogens Høgh Jensen, professor of biophysics at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen has been appointed Secretary General of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
“It is a great honour to receive this leadership position in the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, which represents the top of Danish and foreign researchers. It is also an important position which provides the opportunity to influence research throughout Denmark”, explains Mogens Høgh Jensen, who is really looking forward to getting started with the many new projects.
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters is a ca. 250-year-old institution founded in 1742 with King Christian VI as patron for the learned society and at the initiative of the historian Professor Hans Gram and Count Johan Ludvig Holstein.
Today the society has 250 Danish and 250 foreign members. Approximately two-fifths of the members are from the humanities and three-fifths from the sciences. The leadership consists of seven members with a President and a Secretary General leading.
The Academy’s objective is to strengthen the position of science in Denmark and to promote understanding. Every year a series of public talks and lectures with Nobel laureates are arranged as well as scientific symposia.
“As Secretary General I will also be holding meetings with politicians and ministers and sit on the jury for awarding research prizes and for awarding the Carlsberg Foundation research grants. So in many ways it is a position with great influence on the scientific research and the dissemination of scientific understanding”, says Mogens Høgh Jensen.
The Academy is housed in one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful buildings on Dantes Plads in central Copenhagen.