2018 Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s Travel Grant to students at Aarhus University

The award was established in 2010 as a present to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe on the occasion of The Queen’s 70th birthday, and widened in 2012 on the occasion of The Queen’s 40th Jubilee. A total of four awards are granted, one to a student at each of the four main academic areas. Two of the awards are always reserved for a student of political science (The School of Business and Social Sciences) and a student of archaeology (The Faculty of Arts), as The Queen studied these subjects as a student at Aarhus University in 1961-62. The award of DKK 25,000 is intended to enable the award winners to spend a study period abroad in connection with their studies at Aarhus University.


Cathrine Frederiksen Madsen, Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

Cathrine Frederiksen Madsen completed her Bachelor’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology in 2017, with biological anthropology as a supplementary subject. Her Bachelor’s project on ‘Coins as grave goods in Denmark in the period 1000-1536’ was graded 12 (Excellent). The dissertation was praised for its original contribution to a more nuanced understanding of medieval burial practices. In her Bachelor’s project, Cathrine Frederiksen Madsen compiled a large collection of data on archaeological finds which enabled her to map the spread of these practices and demonstrate that they originated in the Slavic countries. She also analysed the possible religious background of the use of coins as grave goods. 


Alongside her studies, Cathrine Frederiksen Madsen is also closely involved in local history as a volunteer curator at the open-air museum in Aarhus, Den Gamle By. She is employed as a guide at Moesgaard Museum, where she offers guided tours and teaches courses. She is also a member of the Danish ‘Medieval Archaeology Forum’, and since January 2018 she has been editor of ‘Anno Domini’, a medieval archaeology journal. Her many activities outside her studies show her great commitment to the field of historical archaeology.

Cathrine Frederiksen Madsen plans to use her travel grant for research into archaeological material in her Master’s thesis here in the Nordic region.


Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University

Karl-Emil Bilstrup completed the Bachelor’s degree programme in IT Product Development at the Department of Computer Science in 2017, and is now in the second semester of the Master’s programme in the same subject. Apart from being a committed and independent student with great technical understanding, Karl-Emil Bilstrup has made a mark with his contribution to the academic environment in IT City Katrinebjerg: He is a co-organiser of AUHACK, which is Denmark’s biggest student-driven hackathon. Over 200 students come to AUHACK from all over the world to work and experiment with digital projects and problems. In 2016 he was one of the initiators and planners of a study tour to San Fransisco for students from the Department of Computer Science. Karl-Emil Bilstrup has therefore done great work on several occasions to represent and raise awareness of Aarhus University’s IT programmes abroad.


Karl-Emil Bilstrup has been employed as a student teacher on several Bachelor’s courses, always with excellent feedback, and his longstanding involvement in the students’ union and tutorial work have helped to ensure that students at the Department of Computer Science can thrive in a good academic and social community. In the autumn semester of 2018 he is planning to spend time at Nanyang Technical University (NTU) in Singapore, where he hopes to specialise in technical hardware design of ‘smart products’ – an area in which NTU is among the best in the world.


Department of Public Health, Aarhus University

Eeva-Liisa Røssell Johansen is a student in the 3rd semester of a Master’s degree programme at the Department of Public Health Science. She completed her Bachelor’s studies in the summer of 2017. Her project was based on an analysis of Nordic register data, and involved comparison of trends in breast cancer mortality rates between the Nordic countries and between regions within these countries in relation to the introduction of mammographic screening.

After completing her Bachelor’s project Eeva-Liisa Røssell Johansen attended the Nordic Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology alongside her regular studies. In the autumn of 2017 Eeva-Liisa Røssell Johansen wrote a draft of a scientific paper on the correlation between hazard ratios and differences in average life expectancy among Norwegian cancer patients.

In the spring of 2017 Eeva-Liisa Røssell Johansen worked as an assistant lecturer on a statistics course in the Master’s degree programme in health sciences. In connection with a research project, she has established a partnership with researchers at Oslo University, and the travel grant will be used for her PhD at either Oslo University or Harvard University.



Department of Political Science, Aarhus University

Jens Erik Viuff Ludvigsen is one of the top students in his class. Alongside his political science studies, he has been involved as a student worker at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy in several research projects and evaluation tasks for public sector bodies and organisations. He has also worked as a student teacher in methodology.


Jens Erik Viuff Ludvigsen’s academic interest is public administration, and particularly the study of public leadership and motivation, on which he wrote a very fine Bachelor’s project.

The HM Queen Margrethe II Travel Grant will take Jens Erik Viuff Ludvigsen to the City University of Hong Kong – a top university in the field of public administration and management. The study visit will enhance his understanding of political science and public administration in an international context. Jens Erik Viuff Ludvigsen hopes to be able to use his international experience from Hong Kong to deliver good results and contribute to improving the public sector in Denmark.