Congratulations to the 2021 Villum Investigators!

Ten experienced and renowned researchers were celebrated on 27 April. They each receive grants of up to DKK 40 million.

With presentations and speeches from, among others, the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, and VILLUM FONDEN’s Chair, Jens Kann-Rasmussen, a team of world-class researchers in fields within the technical and natural sciences were awarded the title of Villum Investigators.

The 10 researchers were selected from a pool of 72 impressive applicants, and are affiliated with universities across Denmark. The setting for the festive occasion was the VILLUM Window Collection.

Freedom to break new ground

The Villum Investigator programme was set up to give leading researchers time and space at a Danish research institution to explore new paths in their own field and achieve groundbreaking results. The six-year grants are awarded to active researchers who have demonstrated international, cutting-edge research of the highest scientific calibre for 10 years or longer.

This is the third time that grants have been allocated as part of the programme. The next grants will be awarded in 2023.

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Thomas Bjørnholm
Executive Chief Scientific Officer, professor, VILLUM FONDEN
+45 28 75 18 35


Professor Thomas Bjørnholm is responsible for the foundation’s research programmes in technical and natural sciences.
Previously Thomas Bjørnholm was Prorector for Research and Innovation and Deputy Rector at the University of Copenhagen with overall responsibility for research and innovation across all disciplines at the university.

He is a professor of Materials Chemistry and the founding director of the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas Bjørnholm is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and he has served on numerous boards and committees.

As a scientist, he has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and books including contributions to the highly-recognized journals Nature and Science. He has given more than 150 invited talks at conferences and research institutes around the world and received research awards, including the Ole Rømer Foundation Award, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Award and gold medal, and the Director Ib Henriksen Award.

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