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Here you can read brief presentations of the DARMA's current board members:

Olaf Svenningsen, Lund University, Sweden, Chair

Olaf Svenningsen and MuesliOlaf Svenningsen is presently head of Research Services at Lund University, an office that provides wide array of services to researchers and support to the university leadership. 

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 a 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. In February 2018, he took up his present position at Lund University. He lives in Odense with his wife, son and an undetermined number of cats.

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Marianne Gauffriau, The Royal Danish Library

Research adviser at The Royal Danish Library, Coordinator of the Bibliometric Service at 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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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.

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Nicolaj Tofte Brenneche, Copenhagen University

Nicolaj is a senior advisor at University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities (Office for Strategy and Research Support). Trained as an organisation and management specialist (phd from Copenhagen Business School in 2013), he devotes most of his time on strategic fundraising to support researchers and faculty management in their efforts to grow high-impact research environments within the humanities. This includes everything from giving feedback on funding applications to developing grant making processes across the faculty, implementing strategic plans and building long-term relationships with private foundations in Denmark and abroad. Nicolaj has been a member of DARMA since 2015 and was elected to the board of DARMA in 2017.

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Hanne Dahl Mortensen, SDU


Hanne is employed as a Research Administrator at Support Office, Science at the Faculty of Science at the University of Southern Denmark. Hanne holds a degree in Protein Chemistry and started writing her own funding applications shortly after she graduated. Today she is the coordinator of a very large database called SDUpro for the faculty of Science where all funding applications are registered. SDUpro was developed based on a previous application registration database called Panda, which Hanne created for the faculty of Science. Today SDUpro is used by both the research support units at all faculties at SDU and the Financial Services team. She is now a super-user of the CRM system.

Hanne uses the database to make statistics used internally and for the dean. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Kent to take part in a workshop about Research Impact lead by Julia Bayley. It is her plan to strengthen Research Impact in Denmark through DARMA by further developing some of the tools that she learned at Kent. These papers will be available for all DARMA members.

She is also part of a team that offers courses in how to write good funding applications.

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Jane Tymm-Andersen, Aalborg University

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Lone Varn Johannsen, UCN

Lone Varn Johannsen

Lone is head of fundraising at University College North Denmark (UCN). UCN is a university of applied science and is relatively young in the field of research. Apart from helping researchers developing ideas, identifying funding opportunities and assisting with concrete applications, Lone is in charge of developing strategies for increasing the amount of external funding at UCN. 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. She has worked at UCN since May 2017 and before that she was head of Fundraising and Project Management at Aalborg University. She has worked with research management since 2008. 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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