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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Honours Eight Talented Science Teachers

The recipients of the Novo Nordisk Foundation 2018 science teacher prizes. The prizes were awarded in a ceremony on 5 April 2018 at the Big Bang Conference in Odense, Denmark, at which 1200 education professionals at institutions ranging from first grade to university level met and exchanged experiences. The Foundation was a sponsor of the Conference.

A bacteria hunt at school, a rafting expedition, master classes in quantum physics for talented upper-secondary students and a science festival for 4000 primary and lower-secondary students. These are some of the initiatives taken by the recipients of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s 2018 science teacher prizes.

Eight teachers received the Foundation’s prizes in recognition of their efforts as engaged and talented people who deliver inspiring science teaching at the highest level.

Each prize is accompanied by DKK 250,000, divided into personal awards of DKK 50,000 and DKK 200,000 the educational institution uses for developing science teaching. The Foundation’s three prizes for lower- and upper-secondary school teachers are divided into two prizes each: one for eastern Denmark and one for western Denmark. The Foundation’s prize for a teacher at a teacher college is a nationwide prize.

The prizes recognize the recipients’ work in promoting learning, interest and motivation for science among children and young people. In awarding the prizes, the Foundation wants to recognize and expand a high level of science teaching in Denmark’s education system.

THE FOUNDATION HAS AWARDED THE 2018 SCIENCE TEACHER PRIZES TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE.

Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Primary Science Teachers of natural sciences and technology in grades 1–6 in primary and lower-secondary schools

  • Recipient of the 2018 Prize for Primary Science Teachers (eastern Denmark): Charlotte Hansen, Risbjerg School
  • Recipient of the 2018 Prize for Primary Science Teachers (western Denmark): Peter Blirup, Eltang School and Childcare Centre

Read more about the Prize recipients and their teaching here).

Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Lower-secondary Science Teachers of biology, physics/chemistry, geography and mathematics in grades 7–9 in primary and lower-secondary schools

  • Recipients of the 2018 Prize (eastern Denmark): Ole Grevald and Caroline Matthiassen, Skt. Josef’s International School, Roskilde
  • Recipient of the 2018 Prize (western Denmark): Michael Beck, Stubbæk School

Read more about the Prize recipients and their teaching here.

Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Upper-secondary Science Teachers of astronomy, biology, biotechnology, physics, geoscience, chemistry, mathematics, natural geography and technology

  • Recipient of the 2018 Prize (eastern Denmark): Marianne Johansson, NGG (Nordsjællands Grundskole & Gymnasium)
  • Recipient of the 2018 Prize (western Denmark): Thomas Lynghøj Christensen, Holstebro Technical College

Read more about the Prize recipients and their teaching here.

Novo Nordisk Foundation Prize for Science Teachers at Teacher Colleges teaching biology, physics/chemistry, mathematics and natural sciences and technology

  • Recipient of the 2018 Prize: Thomas Dyreborg Andersen, University College Copenhagen

Read more about the Prize recipient and his teaching here.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, phone: +45 3067 4805, cims@novo.dk