Popular chemist to head Nano-Science Center – University of Copenhagen

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06 June 2013

Popular chemist to head Nano-Science Center

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In the wake of Morten Meldal's appointment as Lighthouse Professor in chemistry, a new Nano-Science Center director was needed for the post. Bo Wegge Laursen, an exceptionally active colleague at both the Department of Chemistry and the Nano-Science Center, will now take up the appointment.

Department Head Mikael Bols describes the Center’s new director as well-equipped with the necessary competencies.

"Laursen has displayed a tremendous ability to collaborate all throughout the Nano-Science Center, he is a talented researcher and he has proven skilled at attracting external funding

Mikael Bols

Head of Department of Chemistry

University of Copenhagen

“Bo Wegge Laursen is extremely well liked, has displayed a tremendous ability to collaborate all throughout the Nano-Science Center, he is a talented researcher and he has proven skilled at attracting external funding,” says Bols. The Department Head adds that the Faculty of Science’s Dean, John Renner Hansen, has decided to award Laursen with a professorship in conjunction with the Center Directorship.

More coach than boss

Laursen suggests that the new posting is anything but typical.

“It’s like being the chairman of a sports club. I have no real power over employees and can only get people to do something if they support an idea,” explains the newly appointed director. “The Nano-Science Center doesn’t espouse a traditional leadership hierarchy. It functions more along the lines of a democratically managed association. If I’m not able to initiate interest among members, they will withdraw from participating. As director, this will be my challenge,” says Laursen.

In light of this perspective, Laursen considers the position to be one in which he is more facilitator than leader – one who takes care of applications and ensures that the Centre develops its trajectories in relation to both research and education.

Bo Wegge Laursen’s appointment was announced at the traditions rich, annual Nano-Science party - the “Dwarf Festival” . He will take office August 1st.