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Committee on Novo Nordisk Fondens Challenge Programme 2022 – Recycling for a Sustainable Society

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 2022 the theme within Life Science Research Promoting Sustainability is: Recycling for a Sustainable Society

The Board has established a grant budget of DKK 360 million for the entire Challenge Programme in 2022, 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 are listed below.

Korneel Rabaey


Professor, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Department of Biotechnology, University of Ghent

Anna Schnürer


Professor, Department of Molecular Sciences, BioCenter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Giovanna Cristina Varese


Professor, Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi, Università degli Studi di Torino

Uwe T. Bornscheuer


Professor, Institute of Biochemistry, Dept. of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis, Greifswald University

Piet Lens


Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Georg Gübitz


Professor, Department of Agrobiotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences