Board members 2016-2017

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. Between 2013 and 2015, he was also a member of the board of EARMA, and he is 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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Stine Wendelboe Bjorholm, VIA University College

Stine Wendelboe BjorholmStine is a Senior Consultant at VIA University College, School of Business, Technology & Creative Industries. VIA UC is a university of applied sciences and cooperates closely with the public and private sectors. With four faculties, 18.000 students and almost 2.000 employees, VIA UC is Denmark’s largest university of applied sciences. Stine works with all aspects of research support at faculty level focusing on pre-award issues. She supports the researchers in identifying funding opportunities, reads and comments on applications, participates in match making events and applicant seminars.  Furthermore, Stine is responsible for R&D introduction to new researchers and for advising on certain legal aspects in relation to R&D collaboration. Stine has worked at VIA UC since 2010. Before that, she has been working as a Technology Transfer Officer at Aarhus University focusing on commercialisation of research outcomes and intellectual property from Department of Bioscience. Stine holds an MSc and a PhD in Biology from Aarhus University.

Jakob stepped down from the Board in late 2016 due to a job change.

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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.

Jakob stepped down from the Board in 2017 due to a job change.

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Marianne Gauffriau, Copenhagen University

Research adviser at University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and at the Royal Library, Copenhagen University Library.

Marianne has worked with research funding, bibliometrics and research evaluation for more than ten years for University of Copenhagen, the Royal Library, the Danish National Research Foundation and the Technical University of Denmark. In 2012, Marianne together with two colleagues established the Danish Research Indicator Network (FIN). Marianne holds a Master of Library and Information Science (2005) and a Professional Master of Evaluation (2009). 

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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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Karen Slej, Copenhagen Business School

Senior Research Consultant, RSO, Dean’s Office Research at Copenhagen Business School

Karen is dealing mainly with pre-award helping researchers applying for funding from National Public and Private, Nordic Public and Private and International funds. Concerning EU funding she only deals with such as Cost and Erasmus+. Besides helping researchers with funding she also delivers background material and analyses to the Board of Directors at CBS. She also has responsibility for the Cooperation Agreements within the National and Nordic field. Karen has worked with research administration since 2008. Before that she was for years in various Museums, and has also worked as a researcher and teacher. She has and Mag.art in Classical Archaeology from Copenhagen University

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