Danish Institute for Advanced Study
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OPTIMMUNIZE 2022 takes place at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense in November 2022, and online on April 21st.
18 sculptures by the award-winning Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir will be exhibited at University of Southern Denmark and in the cities of Odense and Copenhagen as a part of DIAS Fellow Dr. James Rogers’ interdisciplinary project on war and art.
DIAS lecture More information to follow soon This lecture takes place at the DIAS seminarroom We hope to see you alle there
Kaare Christensen: Why do we age so differently
DIAS lecture Abstract Over the last many generations, there has been remarkable progress in human lifespan and health. However, these trends overlook great variability in the aging process within generations. What drives these differences across and within generations? What are the roles of socioeconomic conditions, environmental factors, genetics, family environment, and chance? This talk will summarize insights obtained from a series of Danish studies of twins, the very old, and longevity-enriched families. About Kaare Christensen Professor Kaare Christensen, MD, PhD, DMSc, is the Head of Research at the unit for Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Biodemography (EBB) at the Department of Public Health at SDU. Professor Kaare Christensen is a medical doctor (1987). He has a PhD degree (1994) from Odense University and a Doctor of Medical Sciences degree (1999) from University of Southern Denmark. He has, for more than a decade, been Director of both the Danish Twin Registry and The Danish Aging Research Center and has acted as co-PI for the US NIH-funded research program Long Life Family Study. This lecture will be held at O-DIAS Seminarrum and can be viewed on our Youtube channel the following week
Huimin Zhao: Directed Evolution for Fun and Profit
GUEST LECTURE Abstract By mimicking the Darwinian evolution in the test tube, directed evolution has become a powerful and indispensable tool for the design and engineering of biological systems including proteins, pathways, and genomes for fundamental research and biotechnological applications. In this talk, I will give a historical account of the directed evolution field and discuss the challenges and opportunities in directed evolution. I will highlight our recent work on the development and application of novel directed evolution tools for pathway engineering and genome engineering. In addition, I will introduce a new directed evolution strategy that combines machine learning and automation for biosystems design. ABOUT HUIMIN ZHAO Dr. Huimin Zhao is the Steven L. Miller Chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and professor of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1992 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1998 under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances Arnold. Prior to joining UIUC in 2000, he was a project leader at the Industrial Biotechnology Laboratory of the Dow Chemical Company. He was promoted to full professor in 2008. Dr. Zhao has authored and co-authored over 330 research articles and over 25 issued and pending patent applications with several being licensed by industry. In addition, he has given over 400 plenary, keynote, or invited lectures. Twenty-five (25) of his former graduate students and postdocs are pursuing academic careers. Dr. Zhao received numerous research and teaching awards and honors such as Enzyme Engineering Award (2019), Marvin Johnson Award (2018), Charles Thom Award (2016), and Elmer Gaden Award (2014). His primary research interests are in the development and applications of synthetic biology tools to address society’s most daunting challenges in health, energy, and sustainability, and in the fundamental aspects of enzyme catalysis, cell metabolism, gene regulation, and cell differentiation. There will only be 160 seats in the auditorium, but you can participate via YouTube Livestream. Please always sign up and subscribe to our YouTube-channel.
Guest Lecture More information to follow soon... This lecture takes place at DIAS Auditorium and can also be viewed on our YouTube Channel.
Pieter Vanhuysse: Do European Societies Tax Their Own Reproduction?
DIAS Lecture Abstract What are the intergenerational resource transfer burdens over the working life of parents compared to non-parents in Europe? We use National Transfer and National Time Transfer Accounts to comprehensively estimate these burdens for twelve European Union member states around 2010. Going beyond public transfers, we also value two statistically less visible transfer types in the family realm: of market goods (money) and of unpaid household labor (time). The transfer packages of parents and non-parents differ radically. Non-parents contribute almost exclusively to public transfers. But parents, and only parents, additionally provide still larger familial transfers: mothers mainly time, fathers mainly money. Estimating resource transfer stocks over the working life, we find that the average parental/non-parental contribution ratio flips from 0.73 (public transfers alone) to 2.66 (all three transfers together). The implicit tax rates de facto imposed thereby on rearing children are multiples of the value-added tax rates in place on consumption goods. Especially in view of low rates of fertility and rising rates of intentional childlessness on an aging continent, the magnitude of these asymmetric transfer burdens carries multiple implications for sociological and policy debates. For instance, it raises the question whether European societies stealthily tax their own reproduction too heavily About Pieter Vanhuysse PhD (LSE) Professor Pieter Vanhuysse is a Full Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Management and the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) at SDU. He is also founding Board Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (CPOP-SAMF). He holds degrees from the University of Leuven (MA in economics; Certificate in philosophy) and the London School of Economics (MSc and PhD in government). Prior to joining SDU, he was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, a United Nations-affiliated thinktank in Vienna. This lecture takes place at DIAS seminaroom
Anthony Fernandez wants to use philosophy to gain new in-sights into patients’ experiences
DIAS Fellow Anthony Fernandez is interested in the philosophical understandings of experience – and he hopes that his work can create new insights for researchers in fields beyond philosophy
Arctic sea ice is melting - Could the Arctic Ocean become an oa-sis for life?
Karl Attard, Fellow of Marine Science at DIAS, wants are more nuanced discussion of the con-sequences of melting ice in the Arctic Ocean.
Having the freedom to follow my ideas in an analytical way is a great privilege
Newly named DIAS fellow Lasse Aaskoven wishes for his research to have the potential to better inform public debates about policy issues.
Edward Baggs: On the mind and climate change
Edward Baggs, Assistant Professor, and new DIAS Fellow, argues that cognitive scientists should look at climate change from a collective point of view. He has written the following essay to explain why
Challenging Ideas and Scientific Curiosity: How to Inspire Interdisciplinary Research
For the past fifteen years professors Anne-Marie Mai and Klaus Petersen have collaborated on interdisciplinary research, merging their expertise within literature and history. As chairs at Danish Institute of Advanced Study, they now have a platform from which they can inspire younger colleagues to seek out interdisciplinary opportunities.
New book "Et Aldrende Danmark" published with contributions from DIAS affiliates
"Et Aldrende Danmark" by Torben M. Andersen og Jan Rose Skaksen is the newest publication from the Rockwool Foundation with contributions from DIAS Chairs, Kaare Christensen and the late James Vaupel, and DIAS Senior Fellow, Pieter Vanhuysse.
Examples of cherry-picking of diagrams can be found in medieval Greek manuscripts
A DIAS research team wishes to get a better understanding of how medieval people thought – and how some of the mechanisms of cherry-picking of diagrams, we know from today, can be detected in texts from a thousand years ago.
How can you best measure the impact of interdisciplinary research? Pantelis and team want to find out
Hopefully, the project will lead to a better understanding of how interdisciplinary research works.
Armed with history and Big Data, James and Carolin are looking for answers to Climate Change
By combining the history of warfare with long data series of climate change DIAS-researchers hope to create a model for understanding and predicting climate induced conflict. If it wasn’t for DIAS, our project wouldn’t be happening, says James Rogers, assistant professor in War Studies at SDU.
DIAS Chairs amongst top scientists ranking
Research.com has published a top scientists ranking for Business and Management. Nicolai Foss and Kannan Govindan rank at number 1 and 2 in Denmark respectively.
Gareth Millward joins DIAS as Fellow of History
As of February 1st, Dr. Gareth Millward has joined Danish Institute for Advanced Study as Fellow of History with Chair of Humanities Klaus Petersen as mentor.
How do population changes influence democracies?
Pieter Vanhuysse participated in the Third Exploratory Meeting between European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Suica and 13 leading scholars to discuss current European policy challenges on democracy, demography, & demographic resilience.
Light footprint - heavy destabilising impact in Niger: why the Western understanding of remote warfare needs to be reconsidered
A new article by DIAS Fellow Dr. James Rogers has recently been published in International Politics. The article focuses on Western intervention in Niger, a nation heavily impacted by climate change, conflict, and terrorism.
Kronik: Nej, humaniora er ikke et hul af arbejdsløshed
Sundhedsvæsen, klima og migration. Humaniora får ikke lov til at hjælpe med løsninger. Det er på tide med en plan for strategisk forskning, der også tør satse på humanistisk forskning
Why we do citizen science
From October 26-29, 2021, a handful of representatives from SDU and OUH went to three Dutch universities to share knowledge and gather inspiration for new ways to broaden the research communication and open the university more for the broader public.
Six DIAS Chairs amongst Highly Cited Researchers
Clarivate has published their annual list of Highly Cited Researchers with no less than six DIAS Affiliates featured.
Viklet ind i Bob Dylan
Anne-Marie Mai har i årevis arbejdet med Bob Dylan fra en litterær vinkel. Om det handler om at redigere antologier og tidsskrifter, skrive hele bøger eller forord til genudgivelsen af sangskriverens egen roman Tarantula (1971), spænder litteratens akademiske interesse i kunstneren vidt. Igen i maj måned var Mai viklet ind i Dylan, og hun har til stadighed nye projekter om sangeren i horisonten.
WORKSHOP on Artificial Intelligence
December 9th 2021 14:00-17:00 (UTC+1)
Giving voice to the neglected: meet Klaus Petersen
Chair of Humanities Professor Klaus Petersen has a keen research interests in the development of the welfare state. He holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 2001 and is trained as a historian. Over the years his work has become increasingly interdisciplinary combining insights from history, social sciences, and literary studies.
Do you remember 9/11?
October 7, 2001, USA initiated their first attack in the global war on terror. This was also the first day of the war in Afghanistan, a conflict sparked by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Although the chaos and drone strikes in Afghanistan continues today, these initial attacks occured twenty years ago this week and will be marked by a special event on Wednesday 8, at DIAS with Joe Dittmar, a survivor of 9/11.
DIAS Chairs edit special Bob Dylan-issue
Chairs of Humanities Anne-Marie Mai and Klaus Petersen has edited a special issue of Aktualitet with an exclusive focus on Dylans influence and inspiration between art and research
At a time when societies are physically and ideologically divided, by COVID and climate change, Dr. James Rogers, and artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir seek to bridge differences and connect people with a joint project on human insecurity and art.
Fellow Marco Ragni Departs DIAS
After a little over a year in Denmark, Professor Marco Ragni is ending his fellowship at The Danish Institute for Advanced Study and returning to Germany for a full professorship.
When and how does a land become rich? Insight into Francesco Cinnirella’s research
As an economic historian, DIAS Fellow Francesco Cinnirella is interested in how a country becomes wealthy in a historical perspective. Particularly, when countries begin to become innovative.
Caroline Kennedy-Pipe to join DIAS
To the left: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe and James Rogers meeting with the President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson (in the middle) in 2019
Carolin Löscher receives DFF1 grant for her project “Exploring the oceanic sink for the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O)”
Carolin Löscher, DIAS Fellow and Associate Professor at Nordcee, SDU, has received a DFF1 grant of 2.9 mio. DKK for her research project “Exploring the oceanic sink for the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O)” where she and her group will explore the emission of nitrous oxide in Baltic, Greenlandic and tropical Atlantic waters.
Football Fitness gives an important boost to health in women treated for breast cancer
Football Fitness strengthens bones and muscles as well as improving balance in women treated for breast cancer. This in turn reduces the risk of various established long-term consequences of the medical treatment the women have undergone.
DIAS Chair N. Asger Mortensen receives his second higher doctoral degree
In March, our Chair of Technical Science N. Asger Mortensen successfully defended his dissertation which marks the second higher doctoral degree of his career.
Welcome to four new Chairs from The Faculty of Health Sciences
We are very happy to announce that the professors Ewa Roos, Moustapha Kassem, Peter Krustrup and Aleksander Krag from The Faculty of Health Sciences are joining Danish Institute for Advanced Study as Chairs.
Angela Y. Chang receives prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
We are very happy to announce that our fellow Angela Y. Chang has received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in support of her research project ‘Measuring Experienced Disease Burden (ExpBoD)’.
Cycling through time: DIAS Fellow Kedar Nath Natarajan’s Interdisciplinary Research on Embryonic Development
As a molecular biologist and computational scientist, Kedar Nath Natarajan is looking to understand the early development of the human embryo. Through interdisciplinary collaborations between the fields of molecular biology, microscopy, genomics, informatics and big-data analysis, Kedar Nath Natarajan seeks to answer a fundamental biological question: How does the cell cycle influence the decision-making of stem cells?
‘I always feel listened to’
SDU's first woman dean, Marianne Holmer, took office as dean at the Faculty of Science a year ago. She certainly feels different from her male colleagues but believes it’s as much due to her personality as her gender.
Frogs’ lungs help them find a mate
Male frogs call to attract females, but how can females tell that it is a male of the same species calling? Green tree frogs use the same principle as in noise-cancelling headphones – and they are far better at it.
Will this solve the mystery of the expansion of the universe?
Physicists’ new proposal that a new type of extra dark energy is involved is highlighted in scientific journal.
Welcome to new Chairs in DIAS Management Committee
On 1 January 2021, we welcomed new Chairs from 3 faculties in the Management Committee:
Claes de Vreese appointed as new External Chair
We are very happy to announce that Professor Claes de Vreese joins Danish Institute of Advanced Study as External Chair of Social Sciences.
DIAS Fellow Rosa María Rodríguez Porto Receives Prestigious Ramón y Cajal Grant
One of our very first fellows, Assistant Professor Rosa María Rodríguez Porto at Centre for Medieval Literature, is returning to Spain where she will continue her research on medieval book illumination and Iberian courtly culture at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
DIAS Chairs appointed Knight of The Order of Dannebrog
Understanding the Building Blocks of the Universe: Benjamin Jäger’s Research on Quarks and the Early Universe
As a theoretical physicist, DIAS Fellow Benjamin Jäger seeks to understand the mysteries of the universe. In order to do that, it’s necessary to study the basic building blocks of the universe, one of which are the quarks
James Rogers: The “Second Drone Age” Requires a New International Accord
“The world has entered a second drone age, in which new “Drone Powers” use remotely operated military technologies as the spearhead of state power, at the cost of thousands of lives.” - James Rogers and Agnes Callamard
CONNECTIONS – Sculpture Exhibition by Steinunn Thórarinsdottir
This summer, 10 sculptures by the award-winning Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdottir will be exhibited at SDU as a part of DIAS Fellow Dr James Rogers’ interdisciplinary project on war and art. The CONNECTIONS exhibition is possible thanks to the Albani Fonden, that has supported the project with 200,000 DKK.
Four DIAS Chairs Recognized as ‘Highly Cited Researcher’
This year, four of our Chairs have been recognized for producing multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science:
Measuring the Experienced Burden of Disease
Since March 2020, PhD Angela Y. Chang has been a DIAS Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Research at SDU. She is committed to reducing health and wealth inequalities globally through her research and is motivated by the belief that research can provide the inputs needed to inform policies and improve resource allocation, and ultimately, impact population health
Joel Cox receives prestigious “Sapere Aude” grant
Today, DIAS Fellow Joel Cox receives the prestigious “Sapere Aude” grant of 6.192,000 DKK from the Independent Research Fund Denmark for his research project “Towards single-photon nonlinear optics in atomically-thin materials”.
DIAS presenting: Virtual U.S. Election Briefings
This U.S. election has the potential to seismically alter both U.S. and global politics. It is billed to be “the most important election for a generation”. But what does this really mean? And how will the election result influence international affairs? What should Europe be ready for?
The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters admits DIAS Director as member
DIAS Director Marianne Holmer enters an unique organisation with an agelong tradition and former members such as Niels Bohr, H. C. Ørsted, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin.
Welcome to Ane – new administrative coordinator at DIAS
We are happy to share with all – from September 1st Ane Kristine Coster is DIAS’ new academic coordinator.
New Advisory Board in DIAS
We are very happy to welcome onboard a very competent team of resources; Henrik Tvarnø, Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Robbert Dijkgraaf and Peter Baldwin.
DIAS researcher is #4 on TwiLi Index for Denmark
You probably already know the h-index; measuring the productivity and citation impact of a scholar. The TwiLi Index measures the social media impact of researchers and has three DIAS-affiliates on the list – with a DIAS Fellow in top five!
Professor Klaus Petersen elected member of Academia Europaea
At the 5th North American Industrial Engineering and Operations Management conference, August 10-14, 2020, Professor and Head of Centre with Department of Technology and Innovation, SDU, and at Centre for Sustainable Supply Chain Engineering, SDU, Kannan Govindan was awarded “Distinguished Professor in Supply Chain Management”.
Experienced Associate Professor in cognitive AI joins DIAS
Associate Professor Marco Ragni has a keen interest in the specifics of how the human mind process information and how this differs from formal and computational approaches. With the goal to push the development of true predictive cognitive models for the individual reasoner by methods from AI and Cognitive Science forward, he enters DIAS this summer.
Newly appointed Professor (mso) in Humanities and Technology joins DIAS as Senior Fellow
The relationship between technology and humanities has interested the literary scholar Kathrin Maurer for a long time. How does the aesthetic field (literature, visual art) represent and interpret technical inventions? How does technology affect human communities? How does technology impact the human sensorium?
DIAS and CWS researchers provide evidence to major new UN report
Interdisciplinary Professor with vast experience enters DIAS as Senior Fellow
Paul Richard Sharp is an industrious and dynamic Professor appointed at Department of Business and Economics at SDU, and now also Senior Fellow at DIAS. With him he brings extensive resume and a number of responsibilities.
Dr. James Rogers, DIAS Fellow in War Studies, and member of SDU’s Centre for War Studies, has been awarded 380,000 DKK (EUR 51,000.00) for the project ‘The Vulnerabilities of the Drone Age: Strategic Foresight Planning out to 2035’.
Professor and world citizen is now affiliated with DIAS
His resume testifies to a great engagement in the global social debate and shows an impressive academic work in Leuven, London, Budapest, Haifa and Vienna. Yes, Pieter Vanhuysse has left excellent marks. We are therefore pleased to announce that he has now also joined Danish Institute for Advanced Study as Senior Fellow.
Industrious Professor in History appointed as Senior Fellow at DIAS
Jeppe Nevers is the latest addition of excellent researches at DIAS. He has made himself noticed as a dedicated researcher and teacher, and in 2016 by the age of just 37 he achieved the title as Professor at the University of Southern Denmark.
“Genes, fat cells and life’s codes”: Educational material about Susanne Mandrup’s research
Susanne Mandrup’s research on the regulation of gene expression in fat cells has been featured in educational material for elementary school. Here she explains how DNA contains the instruction to all life and how this instruction is read in different cells.
Agnes Callamard: Russia’s War Against Ukraine: Implications for the World
Guest Lecture by Dr. Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International May 11th 11:15-12:15 in DIAS Auditorium (V24-501a-0). Open to All.