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From brown fat to nanotechnology and sound as a medium – Novo Nordisk Foundation awards grants for conferences, symposia and workshops

Sharing insights and new discoveries is essential for research. The Novo Nordisk Foundation has therefore established a new grant programme for organizing conferences, symposia and workshops to promote knowledge-sharing and to kick-start networking activities for research and innovation. The first five grants have just been awarded, and the programme is now open for new applications.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded five grants for conferences, symposia and workshops at universities and hospitals in Denmark. The events deal with hot topics within the life sciences, art history and the natural and technical sciences.

The events supported include ones focusing on how to better understand the roles of white and brown fat in the hope of ultimately counteracting obesity, research on blood cancer characterized by acquired gene defects in bone marrow cells and research on exploring the connection between bone fragility and diabetes.

The more untraditional topics were represented by an art history event aiming to discover how artists and artistic expressions have worked with sound as a medium as well as materials and techniques.

Finally, the Foundation is supporting an international conference on plasmon nanotechnology, an exciting field in which Denmark has had leading research and innovation since the start. The conference is in Denmark for the first time, and the science has now matured to open for promising interdisciplinary applications, such as energy harvesting, non-invasive cancer treatment in medicine, photocatalysis for chemistry and environmental science and molecular and biosensing for diagnostics and the pharmaceutical industry.

The grant recipients are as follows.

Grant recipient:
‘Camilla Scheele, Associate Professor and Group Leader, Centre for Physical Activity Research, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
CPH BAT 2019 International Conference on Brown and White Adipose in Metabolism: Plasticity and Metabolic Cross-talk
Grant: DKK 238,833

Grant recipient:
‘Moustapha Kassem, Professor of Endocrinology and Director, Molecular Endocrinology Laboratory, Odense University Hospital, Denmark
International meeting on Bone, adipocyte, type 2 diabetes
Grant: DKK 338,000

Grant recipient:
‘Kirsten Grønbæk, Professor, Finsen Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nordic Educational Meeting and Symposium on MDS and MPN 2020
Grant: DKK 498,500

Grant recipient:
‘Morten Søndergaard, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark
RE:SOUND. Sound, Media and Art: Theories, Histories, Practices. 8th Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Technology and Science
Grant: DKK 432,000

Grant recipient:
‘Sergey Bozhevolnyi, Professor and Head, Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
The 9th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics (SPP9)
Grant: DKK 495,900

Niels Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Head, Biomedicine and Health Science, Novo Nordisk Foundation, says: “The objective of this programme is to provide opportunities for both leading and younger researchers to meet and present and share the newest research results and methods within their fields. We received many excellent proposals and look forward to the selected events.”

This is the first time the Foundation has awarded grants for conferences, symposia and workshops based on open calls. The programme is biannual and is now open for new applications for events in the period fall/winter 2019–2020.

Further information

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, phone: +45 3067 4805, [email protected]