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25 million grant awarded to Vivek Shende

For the third time since his appointment at SDU in the fall, Professor Vivek Shende has been awarded a larger research grant. This time a Villum Investigator grant of 25m DKK.

By Jane Jamshidi, , 4/13/2021

The VILLUM FOUNDATION has awarded Professor Vivek Shende a Villum Investigator grant. With this honor comes 25 million DKK to study the mathematical aspects of string theory, a subject Vivek Shende explains, with many interfaces across mathematics.

About Vivek Shende
Professor Vivek Shende is at SDU employed at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and attached to Centre for Quantum Mathematics. This will also be the affilliation for his Villum Investigator research group.

I am very happy that it has been possible to attract Vivek Shende to SDU and with this grant he will get a boost at SDU. He will already from the start build a larger research group at the Centre for Quantum Mathematics, which represents a current research area of which we have high expectations in our present "quantum age" ” states the Dean, Marianne Holmer.

Also the Director of Centre for Quantum Mathematics, Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen is enthusiastic: ”It is really fantastic, that not only one or two but three of the largest research foundations in Denmark recognize the potential of Vivek Shende and support his research ideas with these grants. I cannot describe how proud I am of the fact, that we have been able to attract a world star like Vivek Shende to SDU. His research fits perfectly into the Centre for Quantum Mathematics, where the ambition is to build an elite research environment within quantum mathematics”.

Vivek Shende has obtained his PhD degree from Princeton University and is attracted to SDU directly from an employment at University of California, Berkeley. He has previously received grants from the Danish National Research Foundation (a DNRF Chair), and the Novo Nordisk Foundation (a Novo Starting package). 

About Villum Investigator
The Villum Investigator is awarded to experienced and internationally recognized researchers who have demonstrated international and groundbreaking research of the highest scientific quality. It is one of the largest and most prestigous personal grants given in Denmark. The Villum Investigator is awarded every two years to approx. 10 recipients and is a 6-year grant.

A ceremony celebrating the selection of the new Villum Investigators will be held on 27 April at the museum Villum Window Collection, in Søborg, Denmark with participation of the Minister of Research and Education, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen.

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Professor Vivek Shende. Photo: Laura Schaposnik
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Editing was completed: 13.04.2021