- 2011 – Leadership training course for female academics, University of Copenhagen
- 2003 – Diploma in Higher Education Teaching and Teaching Practice, University of Copenhagen
- 1999 – Ph.D. in astrophysics from University of Copenhagen
- 1995 – M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy from University of Copenhagen
- 2017 - Present Honorary Professor, University of Southern Denmark
- 2017 - Present Professor of Public Understanding of Science and Technology, University of Copenhagen
- 2005 – 2017 Associate Professor at Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
- 2002 – 2005 Fellow at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA)
- 2001 – 2002 Postdoc at University of Copenhagen (Carlsberg Fellow)
- 2000 – 2001 Postdoc at Uppsala University (Carlsberg Fellow)
- 1999 – 2000 Research assistant at Danmarks Lærerhøjskole
- 1996 – 1999 PhD-student at University of Copenhagen and AIU Frederich-Schiller Universität Jena
- 1995 – 1996 Science lecturer at Copenhagen Day- and Evening College of Teacher Training (KDAS)
Awards and honours
- 2017 – Danish Author Society’s award for outstanding non-fiction.
- 2016 – The Ørsted Silver Medal for dissemination of Natural Science.
- 2015 – Danish Physical Society’s UNESCO Year of Light prize for Outstanding Public Outreach.
- 2014 – Direktør N. Bang og hustru Yrsa Bang født Troensegaards Scholarship for Outstanding Research.
- 2011 – The Copenhagen University’s Faculty of Science Public Outreach Award.
- 2009 – Bergsøefondens Prize for Outstanding Public Outreach.
- 2009 – The Mathilde Prize for contributions towards Equity in Academia.
- 2008 – The Danish Association of Masters and PhDs Research Prize.
- 2007 – Elected member of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).
- 2006 – Awarded The Danish Public TV and Radio’s Rosenkjærpris for Outstanding Public Outreach.
- 2006 – The Kirstine Meyer’s Award by the Danish Society for Natural Sciences (SNU).
- 2006 – Outstanding Young Person TOYP 2006 for ”Academic achievement and leadership”.
- 2005 – The Descartes prize for Outstanding Science Communication by the European Union.
- 2004 – The National Danish Award for Outstanding Public Outreach by the Danish Minister ofResearch.
- 2000 – The Allan MacIntosh Public Outreach Award.
- 1997 – Writer of the Year by the Danish Astronomical Society
Astrophysics of dust. Cosmic dust particles play an important role for the thermal, dynamical and chemical conditions in many astrophysical environments, especially for the star and planet formation process and the late stages of stellar evolution. Dust particles determine the spectral appearance of proto-stars as well as of evolved stars with circumstellar envelopes, and they also dominate extinction curves of galaxies.