Lehmann grants awarded to early career researchers at AU

The Independent Research Fund Denmark has just awarded grants as a part of the Inge Lehmann programme, which aims to support talent development and promote gender balance in Danish research environments. At AU, ten researchers will receive about DKK 29 million in total.

This coverage is based on a press release from the Independent Research Fund Denmark

Does epilepsy medicine have an effect on children’s learning? Does voter fraud in Uganda and Malawi affect female candidates more than male candidates? What role do genes play in the development of borderline personality disorder? And what are the consequences of more fresh water running into the Arctic Ocean?

These are just a few of the ten very different projects that have just been awarded grants from the Inge Lehmann programme under the Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD). The ten early career researchers from Aarhus University will each receive almost DKK 3 million to make their projects possible.

The Inge Lehmann programme was created to increase the number of female researchers at Danish universities. The IRFD generally chooses a female applicant instead of a male applicant in cases in which two applicants are deemed to be equally qualified. According to the Ministry’s 2020 report on men and women at Danish universities, there are still almost twice as many male researchers employed at Danish universities as women. Preferential hiring of female applicants is permitted through a dispensation in section 3 of the Danish Equality Act. 

In connection with the award, the Minister for Higher Education and Science Jesper Petersen says that he is pleased with the large interest in and amount of applicants for the Lehmann programme.

“Danish research needs both men and women, and we risk missing out on valuable talent if we don’t recruit both genders to a greater extent. That’s why I’m pleased that ambitious researchers are now strengthening their careers through the programme, and that we’re boosting the talent pool in Danish research.”

A total of 39 researchers will receive a share of the DKK 110 million awarded under the Inge Lehmann programme.

The recipients from Aarhus University are:

Simona Zetterberg-Nielsen                                                            The Science of Fiction - How Fiction Shaped Science and Science Shaped Fiction
Elizabeth le Roux            The chemical landscapes of Danish rewilded ecosystems
Mia Sloth Lundkvist Evaporated planets and trembling stars
Johnna Michelle Holding The impacts of Arctic Ocean freshening across the land-ocean-atmosphere continuum
Merete Bech Seeberg Women in Politics in Africa
Mette Trier Damgaard Behavioural sources and mediators of health inequality
Chen Huang New Methods for Tail Dependency Analysis with High-dimensional Time Series
Anna Aleksandra Starnawska Epi-curious: estimation of how much environment acts through epigenetics to cause mental disorders
Julie Werenberg Dreier Maternal and childhood epilepsy and their implications for neurodevelopment
Katherine Louise Musliner Genetics of borderline personality disorder and its associations with other psychiatric disorders and adverse childhood experiences

Press release from the Danish Independent Research Foundation