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Thomas Lynghøj Christensen, Holstebro Technical College and Marianne Johansson, NGG (Nordsjællands Grundskole & Gymnasium), received the 2018 Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Upper-secondary Science Teachers. Here they are flanked by their rectors at the prize ceremony.



The Prize is aimed at committed and talented upper-secondary teachers of biology, chemistry, physics, physical geography, biotechnology, geoscience, astronomy, technology, technical science and mathematics in Denmark.

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize and publicize extraordinary efforts in stimulating adolescents in upper-secondary education in Denmark (stx, htx and hf) to take an interest in science.

The Prize is awarded annually and is divided into two prizes: one for eastern Denmark and one for western Denmark. Each prize is DKK 250,000, divided into a personal award of DKK 50,000 and DKK 200,000 for the upper-secondary school. The award given to the school is to be used for developing science teaching, such as acquiring new equipment for experiments, upgrading classrooms and facilities or continuing education.

The Prize is awarded to a teacher based on the nomination of the principal. The students, parents and colleagues may all suggest a candidate to the principal, who makes the nomination using the link under the application details above. One or more teachers and teams of up to three teachers from the same upper-secondary school may be nominated. If the Prize is awarded to a team, the team members share the personal award amount. Candidates who have not previously received the prize may be re-nominated, but teachers from the same school are not eligible to receive the Prize in the 4 years after a Prize is awarded to that school.

Committee on The Novo Nordisk Foundation Teaching Prizes selects the successful nominees for the Prize.

The Prizes are awarded at the Big Bang Conference on 2 April 2019. The Prize recipients are asked to take part in a panel debate with the recipients of the Foundation’s other prizes for: primary science teachers; lower-secondary science teachers; and science teachers at teacher colleges. 


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