A long-term investment in research
The aim of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Professorship, styled on the British tradition of endowed chairs, is to attract leading scientists to Danish universities by offering them prestigious, permanent positions.
In 2012, VILLUM FONDEN established a (permanent) professorship at the University of Copenhagen with the aim of advancing Danish research. In 2018 the foundation established a second professorship at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and in 2021 a third Villum Kann Rasmussen Professorship was established at the IT University of Copenhagen.
Bringing the world’s best scientists to Denmark
Thomas Bjørnholm, executive chief scientific officer:
“VILLUM FONDEN would like to make an on-going contribution to the advancement of Danish science and technology by helping the country’s research institutions to attract the world’s best scientists.
We are pleased to be working with the nation’s universities to make that ambition a reality, and we are receptive to proposals from any Danish university that is interested in hosting an individual of the calibre of Bent Flyvbjerg, Jens Nørskov and Charles Marcus.”
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.