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Committee on Novo Nordisk Fondens Challenge Programme 2020 – Biodiversity and productivity of managed ecosystems

The Committee implements the Board of the Foundation’s decision to award the Foundation’s Challenge Programme grants that supports research within annually decided research themes. In 2020 the themes within Life Science Research Promoting Sustainability are:

  • Biodiversity and productivity of managed ecosystems
  • The microbial secretome and the plant cell wall

The Board has established a grant budget of DKK 480 million for the entire Challenge Programme in 2020, for large programme grants, each of DKK 30-60 million.

The Board selects the committee members among international experts in the fields of the annual research theme in accordance with the general rules covering the Foundation’s committees.

The current members of the Committee on Biodiversity and productivity of managed ecosystems are listed below.

Jürgen Bauhus


Professor, Department of Forest Science, University of Freiburg, Germany

Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson,


Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sweden

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter


Professor, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

Nancy Dise


Professor, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom

Sara Cousins


Professor, Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden

Stéphanie Manel


Professor, PSL Research University Montpellier, France