Events accelerate in the 1980s
Novo Nordisk Foundation Lecture held for the first time
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Lecture (originally the Jacob E. Poulsen Grant) is held for the first time. The Nordisk Insulin Foundation establishes the Lecture to reward an active scientist from a Nordic country for an outstanding contribution within diabetes research or treatment. Chief physician, Jørn Ditzel, dr.med. is the first recipient and is invited to hold his lecture to coincide with the annual conference of the Scandinavian Society for the Study of Diabetes in Helsinki.
Novo Foundation establishes the Committee on Humanities Research
The Novo Foundation establishes a Committee on Humanities research to award grants to the humanities, mostly archaeology and art history.
Novo Foundation establishes the Committee on Natural Sciences Research
The Novo Foundation also establishes a Committee to award grants in the natural sciences. However, the Committee is only active as an independent entity for a few years before merging with the Foundation’s Committee on Medical Research to form the Committee on Medical and Natural Sciences Research.