Danish Institute for Advanced Study
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Upcoming DIAS Lectures
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DIAS Nobel Colloquium: Morten Meldal, Danish Nobel Prize-Winner
Molecular Click Adventures. A Leap from the Shoulders of Giants. Abstract: The concept of click chemistry matured simultaneously in different laboratories around the world in the 1990’s. There was an urgent need for quantitative chemical reactions/molecular LEGO® to cope with the pressure from combinatorial science to synthesize, screen and identify one out of thousands – millions of compounds. During investigations of combined Peptide diversity, we more or less serendipitously discovered the CuAAC click reaction in 2001. The mechanism of the reaction will be discussed and its application in a variety of studies involving immobilization, mimicry, structural control and protein ligation will be presented. The more existential aspects of our fundamental understanding of chemistry, the importance of serendipity, and our pledge to the young to study chemistry for a better future, will also be discussed. Register here: https://www.conferencemanager.dk/meldal Morten Meldal, Professor in chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2022. He was awarded jointly with Carolyn R. Bertozzi and K. Barry Sharpless "for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry". Chemists strive to build increasingly complicated molecules. For a long time, this has been very time consuming and expensive. Click chemistry means that molecular building blocks snap together quickly and efficiently. In 2002, Morten Meldal and Barry Sharpless, independently of each other, developed an elegant and efficient chemical reaction: the copper catalysed azide-alkyne cycloaddition. This is now in widespread use and is utilised in the development of pharmaceuticals, for mapping DNA and creating new materials. Photo: Lars Krabbe
DIAS Lecture: Interactive robots - Status, Problems and Perspectives
Professor Norbert Krüger, The Faculty of Engineering, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute, SDU Robotics, and DIAS Chair of Engineering Interactive robots: Status, Problems and Perspectives Industrial Robots have transformed our society since the 1960ths by being able to perform repetitive movements with high precision, speed and strength. By that, a large amount of straining and monotonous work that before had been performed by human workers could be replaced. The application areas of robots could be further extended by the introduction of sensors such as cameras: Today also flexible and brittle objects that show a significant variation in shape (such as vegetables, meat, or fabrics) can be processed by robots. In addition, by simplifying robots programming – which was one of the reasons for the worldwide success of Universal Robot – in the last decade also more and more Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been enabled to apply robots in their production. In addition to industrial robots, also mobile robots have been applied within production and warehouses and nowadays even appear in public spaces. However, in case there is an unforeseen situation such as a potential collision with a person, these robots tend to just stop instead of going into an interaction with the human to resolve the situation. If we were able to model satisfying interactions and dialogues with humans, robots could play an even larger role in our society by assisting humans, for example in areas where hands are urgently needed such as elderly care. However, the image presented by the media about what such assistive robots can do does not match reality. In my talk, I will first give a short overview of the history of robotics and the transformational effects they triggered and will then share some insights into the state of art of robots that already today are able to operate in public spaces. The question “What makes human-robot-interaction such a hard problem?” will then be the focus of my talk. At the end, I dare to speculate about assistive robots in the near and far future. About: Norbert Krüger is Full Professor and new DIAS Chair of Engineering. He has been employed at the University of Southern Denmark since 2006. Since having finalized his Master’s in mathematics and philosophy in 1993, Norbert Krüger has established an interdisciplinary research and teaching profile at five universities in three different countries. His research focuses on industrial robotics, machine learning and human-robot-interaction. Norbert Krüger has also been working in core industrial robotics. In that context, he coordinated two EU projects as well as a Danish national project ReRoPro. His main scientific focus was on the learning of gripper structures for industrial applications by simulation and optimization. Today, this approach is used in the I4.0 lab at SDU. From 2012 onwards, Norbert Krüger supported the development of the Welfare Robotics Group at SDU Robotics. The lecture takes place in the DIAS Seminar Room, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed.
DIAS x DDC: The Polarizing Effect of Partisan Echo Chambers
Guest lecture by Sara Hobolt, Sutherland Chair and Professor in the Department of Government, London School of Economics and author of “Political Entrepreneurs” The Polarizing Effect of Partisan Echo Chambers We are witnessing increasing partisan polarization across the world. It is often argued that partisan ‘echo chambers’ are one of the drivers of both policy and affective polarization. In this paper, we develop and test the argument that the political homogeneity of people’s social environment shapes polarization. Using an innovative, large-scale pre-registered ‘lab-in-the-field’ experiment, fielded in the UK, we examine how polarization is influenced by partisan group homogeneity. We recruit nationally-representative partisans and assign them to discuss a salient policy issue, either with like-minded partisans (an echo chamber) or in a mixed partisan group. This allows us to examine how group composition affects polarization. In line with our expectations, we find that partisan echo chambers increase both policy and affective polarization compared to mixed discussion groups. This has important implications for our understanding of the drivers of polarization and for how outgroup animosity might be ameliorated in the mass public. The lecture takes place in the DIAS Auditorium, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed. Live stream it at youtube.com/@danish-ias The lecture is a collaboration between the Danish Institute for Advanced Study and the Digital Democracy Center (DDC)
DIAS Guest Lecture: Gender Justice for Global Health: what, why, how?
Sarah Hawkes, Professor of Global Public Health at University College London, UK Invited and presented by DIAS Fellow Angela Y. Chang Gender Justice for Global Health: what, why, how? ‘Gender’ is a politically charged term, capable of sewing divisions across generations and geographies, and contested by overt and well-funded ‘anti-gender’ movements around the world. Yet, gender is also widely misunderstood – frequently confused with ‘sex’ and often used as shorthand for ‘women and girls’. In this talk I will argue that, at its core, gender represents the distribution of power – within interpersonal relationships as well as across the systems and structures of every society. What does such an understanding of gender mean for health and wellbeing? How do we interpret and analyse the impact of gender power relations on people’s likelihood of living a healthy life? In this talk I will explore the historical and political origins of gender in gender global health and analyse current institutional and organisational responses to gender within the global health eco-system. The talk will focus on showing how a more comprehensive understanding of gender, based on notions of justice, within the field of global health can be used to leverage gains in everyone’s health and wellbeing. About: Sarah Hawkes is a medical doctor with a degree in sociology and a PhD in epidemiology. She is Professor of Global Public Health at University College London, UK, where she leads a research theme analysing the use of research evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health equity. Sarah is co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health , and co-Director and co-founder of Global Health 50/50 which advances action and accountability for gender equality in global health. She has lived and worked for much of the past 30 years in Asia (South, East and West), where she has gathered evidence, collaborated to strengthen capacity, and operated at the interface of policy and research communities – working alongside national Governments, UN agencies and civil society organisations promoting gender equality, health equity and human rights in health policies and programmes. The lecture takes place in the DIAS Auditorium, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed. Live stream it at youtube.com/@danish-ias
Information meeting: 12th Application Round for New Centers of Excellence – the call is out
The Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) has just published the call for the 12th Center of Excellence (CoE) application round and with approx. DKK 1.2 billion to support cutting-edge research in all scientific disciplines. The application deadline for expressions of interest is 4 December. In this connection an information meeting on 27. April 09:00 – 10:00 is scheduled. DNRF CEO Søren-Peter Olesen will visit SDU to inform about the Center of Excellence instrument and the process for the 12th application round. The meeting is open to anyone interested. More information here: https://dg.dk/en/12th-application-round-for-new-centers-of-excellence-the-call-is-out/ Agenda (tentative): 09:00 welcome by “Meeting Chair” Prof. Don Canfield (Nordcee – previous CoE) 09:05: Information session by Prof. Søren-Peter Olesen (DNRF) 09:20: Q&A 09:35: The bumpy road to a DNRF Center of Excellence (POLIMA)- Prof. Asger Mortensen (Polima – ongoing CoE) 09:50 Q&A 10:00 closing
DIAS Guest Lecture: Towards a Post-Capitalist Consumption Paradigm
Guest lecture by Eric Arnould, Professor Emeritus of Marketing at Aalto University Business School, founding figure of Consumer Culture Theory and globally acknowledged anthropologist of market and consumption studies Towards a Post-Capitalist Consumption Paradigm: Neo-Animist Lines of Flight Well-intentioned, reformist interventions like green consumerism or the sharing economy have taught us about the challenges in facing the ecological crisis. However, the ecological crisis worsens, and the limitations of neoliberal reformist approaches are documented. Rather than continue to feed the dominant neoliberal paradigm by exhorting or nudging consumers to consume “green,” share or abstain, I argue for a new, neo-animist inspired consumption paradigm. This paradigm reimagines the relationships between humanity and the rest of the biome. I thus reconsider the circulation of resources and their integration in neo-animist, value cocreating consumption practices in terms of gifting, reciprocal redistribution, and predatory symbiosis. We identify prefigurative examples of these practices. Neo-animist ontology can help de-fetishize consumption and relativize the role of markets in a more resilient, respectful, and resource enhancing eco-economy. I propose directions for further research based on these principles and practices to encourage research to shift toward a neo-animist consumption paradigm. The lecture takes place in the DIAS Auditorium, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed. Live stream it online at youtube.com/@danish-ias
DIAS Nobel Colloquium: Stefan Hell, Director of Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
Nobel Colloquium at DIAS We are looking forward to welcoming Stefan Hell, director at both the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. In 2014 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. He is credited with having conceived, validated and applied the first viable concept for overcoming Abbe’s diffraction-limited resolution barrier in a light-focusing fluorescence microscope. For this accomplishment he has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Stefan Hell received his doctorate (1990) in physics from the University of Heidelberg. From 1991 to 1993 he worked at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, followed by stays as a senior researcher at the University of Turku, Finland, between 1993 and 1996, and as a visiting scientist at the University of Oxford, England, in 1994. In 1997 he was appointed to the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (named Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences since 2022) in Göttingen as a group leader, and was promoted to director in 2002. From 2003 to 2017 he also led a research group at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Hell holds honorary professorships in physics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen. Read more about Stefan W. Hell here and here Read more about Stefan Hell Labs here More information to come... The lecture takes place in the DIAS Auditorium, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed. Live stream it at youtube.com/@danish-ias
DIAS Guest Lecture: The Human Quest for Patterns and Principles
DIAS Guest lecture by Rens Bod, Professor of Digital Humanities and History of Humanities, University of Amsterdam Invited and presented by DIAS Chair of Humanities Anders Engberg-Pedersen The Human Quest for Patterns and Principles: Toward a Global History of Humanities and Science I will argue for a polycentric perspective on the history of knowledge. Such a perspective allows us to discover knowledge practices that cross disciplines, periods and regions, suggesting alternative chronologies for the history of humanities and science. We have found, for example, a process from descriptive to prescriptive in the practices of writing grammars, and of describing the shapes of planetary orbits. These practices were descriptive for some time, at various knowledge centers, but became prescriptive in later periods, after which they turned descriptive again. I will argue that this kind of longue durée tendencies provides insight into the nature of human knowledge creation which seems to be based on an interaction between the search for empirical patterns and theoretical principles. About: Rens Bod is professor of Digital Humanities and History of Humanities, director of the Center for Digital Humanities and director of the Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences. He investigates the humanities from both computational and historical perspectives. He currently serves as president of the Society for the History of the Humanities, and is a member of Royal Dutch Society of Sciences and Humanities (“Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen”) and of the Society for the Dutch Letters (“Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde”). He is also the founder of WOinActie, an action group that aims at achieving appropriate funding for Dutch universities. Bod is the author of the first historical overview of the humanities from Antiquity to the present: A New History of the Humanities (translated from the Dutch "De Vergeten Wetenschappen"). The book has appeared in 7 translations, and was voted as best science book of 2011 by Kennislink and as one of the 25 books on science you "must have read" by NRC Handelsblad. The book has been reviewed by over 45 journals and newspapers and is acclaimed as "an extraordinarily ambitious undertaking ... the first ever history of its kind" (Times Literary Supplement) and "Bod takes the humanities back to their rightful place in the family tree of science." Recently, Rens Bod has also published a monograph on the general history of knowledge disciplines, entitled Een Wereld Vol Patronen: De Geschiedenis van Kennis ("A World of Patterns: The History of Knowledge"), which explores the search for patterns and underlying principles in 20 disciplines from 5 continents across the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The book was published open access in 2022. The lecture takes place in the DIAS Auditorium, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed. Live stream it at youtube.com/@danish-ias
DIAS Lecture: Anticipating Governance in the Coming Multi-Order World
Trine Flockhart, Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at SDU and DIAS Chair of Business and Social Sciences Anticipating Governance in the Coming Multi-Order World (AGMOW) The talk will outline a project with support from DFF, which will investigate the challenges and opportunities for governance within a global rules-based order that is deeply contested, and which is in a process of accelerating transformation. Transformation in the international system is always a major event that is usually accompanied with uncertainty, political turbulence and a heightened risk of war – yet the processes and underlying courses of order transformation are not well understood within the International Relations discipline. AGMOW will investigate the process of transformation and the character and development of existing or emerging international orders and new ordering practices in three urgent governance challenges: autonomous weapons, global health & climate change. The project will assess the prospects for a new form of global governance, suitable for the coming multi-order world and will use foresight methods to build scenarios for governance within the new context. About: Trine Flockhart is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at SDU and DIAS Chair of Business and Social Sciences. Before joining SDU, Professor Trine Flockhart’s more recent appointments include: Professor of International Relations and Director of Research in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent; Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS); Senior Resident Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy (German Marshall Fund) in Washington DC. She is the editor of Liberal World Orders (edited with Tim Dunne published with Oxford University Press, 2013). Professor Trine Flockhart is currently working on developing a new theoretical framework for understanding transformation of order(s). Her research focuses on international order, NATO, European Security, the liberal international order (and its crisis), transatlantic relations, and major processes of change and transformation. For more information about Professor Trine Flockhart, please refer to the SDU Research Portal. The lecture takes place in the Seminar Room, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed.
DIAS Guest Lecture by Erin Leahy
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DIAS X FNUG Wednesday lecture: Can there be a (mathematically-grounded) “physics” of learning?
Inaugural lecture by Mathematician Keith Devlin, Stanford University Can there be a (mathematically-grounded) “physics” of learning? Technically, modern physics is a precisely defined model of the “physical” world and universe we live in – as perceived by our minds, augmented by various observational technologies and measurement devices. As such, it has proved enormously successful not only in increasing dramatically our understanding of the universe we live in, including what we are made of and how it works, but also in construction-, civil-, mechanical-, automotive-, aerospace- and electrical-engineering, resulting in we humans living our lives in a manner totally unlike any other creatures on Earth. Chemistry performs a similar model to support biology, medicine, and pharmacology. Can there be an analogous model that provides a framework for the social and psychological domains, including learning and education? The lecture takes place in the DIAS Auditorium, Fioniavej 34. Everybody is welcome and no registration is needed. Live stream it at youtube.com/@danish-ias
DIAS Guest Lecture by Marius Busemeyer
Invited and presented by DIAS Senior Fellow Pieter Vanhuysse More information to come.
DIAS Guest Lecture by Marie Louise Nosch
More information to come.
DIAS Guest Lecture by Jan Vogler
Invited and presented by DIAS Fellow Lasse Aaskoven. More information to come.
Marie Curie grant for research into identity changes in people adapting to a life with pain
Canadian pain researcher Peter Stilwell receives prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship to be held at University of Southern Denmark.
Why are religious communities so slow in responding to the climate crisis?
Earth is facing the biggest climate crisis in human history, and environmental activists everywhere are striving to protect both humans and other organisms on earth with which they often feel a kinship. Meanwhile, the world religions are not effectively mobilizing in response. Interview with Professor of religion and nature/environmental ethics, Bron Taylor, who will visit SDU on 22 March 2023.
New Chairs at DIAS
We are proud to present Vijay Tiwari, Norbert Krüger, Annette Baudisch, Gregory Clark, Nina Bonderup Dohn and Sten Rynning as new DIAS Chairs
Rocks and oceans lead him back to ancient times
Donald Canfield uses chemistry and biology to study the Earth's past. His work often causes the rewriting of textbooks on the history of the oceans - and thus also the history of life. He is the 2023 recipient of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.
Carbon, soot and particles from combustion end up in deep-sea trenches
New research shows that disproportionately large amounts of carbon accumulate at the bottom of deep-sea trenches. The trenches may thus play an important role for deep-sea storage of organic material - and thus for the atmospheric Co2 balance.
When was the first time life began to predate on each other?
In the early oceans billions of years ago organisms lived peacefully side by side. Today, there are predators among us - when and how did this change happen? New research indicates that our single-celled ancestors began to feed on each other almost a billion years earlier than previously thought.
Former President of the European Research Council enters DIAS’ Advisory Board
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Nicolaas Kuiper honorary professor at IHES, is a new member of the Danish Institute of Advanced Study’s advisory board
”Where is Academia heading?” - an Interdisciplinary discussion between this year’s Doctors of Honour at SDU
On behalf of DIAS and this year’s nominators, we invite you to a joint event with our Doctors of Honour from all five of SDU’s faculties.
Be curious about the dogmas in your research field
DIAS challenges the dogmas that have a great impact on research
New collaboration between the Nordic Institutes of Advanced Study
An interdisciplinary approach to global issues and joint research funding are some of the possible activities for the new Nordic IAS.
SDU expert briefs the UN Security Council
The use of military drone technologies by terrorist groups is a threat to the world community. That was the main message in the speech that Associate Professor James Rogers has just given to the UN Security Council, where he was invited to share his knowledge about the terrorist use of drones.
Recruitment of postdoctoral researchers to SDU through DIAS
In the 2021–2022 academic year, DIAS fellow Anthony Vincent Fernandez established a program to recruit postdoctoral researchers to SDU.
Abuse and eugenically sterilization policies – “Once you’re in the middle of it, its difficult to lower the ambition”
DIAS Chair Klaus Petersen, professor of welfare history, has completed a comprehensive report for the Ministry of Social Affairs on the treatment of mentally and physically disable persons in Danish institutions 1933-1980.
The 2022 National Conference of Danish Historians
On May 19th the 2022 National Conference of Danish Historians was held at DIAS
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.
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.
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Last Updated 27.03.2023