Board members 2014-2015 

Olaf Svenningsen, University of Southern Denmark, Chair

Olaf Svenningsen and MuesliOlaf Svenningsen is presently head of Southern Denmark Research Support, an office that provides service and advice primarily in pre-award to health sciences research at SDU and at the hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark

Originally trained as a scientist with a Ph.D. in geology from Lund University in Sweden, Olaf says that his knowledge of extremely slow moving and unstoppable tectonic forces and sudden, unexpected natural disasters turned out to be appropriate in research administration, too. Olaf’s subduction into research administration began in 2000, when he was employed by the US National Science Foundation to be the office manager of the NSF-MARGINS Program, that office being located at Columbia University in New York. In 2003, Olaf moved back to his native Sweden, to Uppsala University, and the job of setting up a grants office function. 

In 2009, he moved to Denmark and took up his present position at SDU. Olaf is a DARMA member since 2009, and was elected to the Board in 2010. Since 2013, he is also a member of the board of EARMA, and a long-time member of NCURA. He lives in Odense with his wife, son and an undetermined number of cats.

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Karam Sidaros, Hvidovre Hospital, Treasurer

Karam SidarosResearch Manager and Head of Section at the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Hvidovre Hospital. The DRCMR is one of the largest neuroimaging research centres in Denmark.Karam works with all aspects of research support on a decentral level, including budgeting, grant application review, contract negotiations, grant management and reporting, PR, human subjects protection, ethics considerations, HR, research statistics and research strategy. Furthermore, he is responsible for the daily management of the research centre. He has worked with research management since 2005, partly at DRCMR and partly at Rigshospitalet.Karam holds an MSc and a PhD in engineering from the Technical University of Denmark as well as a Diploma in Leadership from University College Copenhagen.

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Jakob Feldtfos Christensen, Aarhus University

Jakob is a Research Support Officer at Aarhus University in the team supporting the faculties ARTS and BSS. This team covers notational and international pre-award services in the SSH area from archaeology to econometrics. 

Jakob draws up budgets, reads and comments on applications, teaches at workshops and develop strategies with researchers. He has a special interest in the basic research projects in the humanities that are often forgot in the applied science agenda. 

Jakob has worked at Aarhus University since 2011 and has before that worked with fundraising in two municipalities. Jakob holds a MA in religion and rhetoric.

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Jacob Kristoffer Hansen, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK)

Since 2009 Head of the Research Administration at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK). The Research Administration supports all aspects of the pre-award as well as post-award fazes and Ph.D.-administration at KADK.

From 2000-2008 Jacob worked as Head of Section in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation with the Danish Research Council for Independent Research, research infrastructure, international collaboration and university policy. 

Jacob holds an MA in History of Religions and a minor in Classical Studies from the University of Copenhagen.

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Annette Hjort Knudsen, Copenhagen Business School

Senior Research Advisor at the Dean’s Office, Research, at Copenhagen Business School since March 2013, AHK has worked as a research administrator and advisor since 2000, including at the University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus, and the IT University.

AHK has mainly focused on the European research agenda, helping researchers find their way around the funding opportunities of FP5, FP6 and FP7. AHK has worked with both pre- and post-award issues focusing increasingly on pre-award efforts. With the introduction of Horizon2020 AHK is focusing on helping CBS researchers find and exploit cross-disciplinary possibilities within the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership pillars. Bottom-up possibilities within the Excellence pillar are also be assisted by AHK who comments on application drafts and helps researchers honor all formalities. This is also relevant for national funding possibilities and joint programming initiatives such as JPI’s and ERA-Nets.

AHK holds a MA with a major in Philosophy and a minor in French from the University of Copenhagen.

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Lone Varn Johannsen, Aalborg University

Lone Varn JohannsenHead of the Fundraising and Project Management Office (F&P) at Aalborg University.

F&P assists in all phases of the project life-cycle from lobby and pre-award to grant set-up, post-award and lobbying for new proposals. F&P helps researchers from the university apply for funding from European, National and private funds. F&P also provides post-award support for larger national and European projects when AAU is the coordinator or lead partner.The office has 15 people working in Aalborg, 2 in Copenhagen and 2 in Brussels. Lone has extensive practical and hands-on experience in working with the European Framework projects and has also been involved in the post-award management of ERDF projects. Over the past few years, she has become increasingly involved in the strategic co-operation with local regional and municipal government in order to strengthen the voice of the university in the Regional Development Strategies. She has worked with research management since 2008 and before that she worked in adult education (VUC).Lone holds an MA in English and International Relations and an MA in Management- and Organizational Psychology – both from Aalborg University.

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