Minik Rosing and Carsten Rahbek appointed chairs in D-IAS

The two world-renowned professors Minik Rosing and Carsten Rahbek are now affiliated as chairs in Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS). With their groundbreaking research on geology and biodiversity, they will contribute with knowledge, inspiration and ideas on some of the most topical issues about life on Earth and the climate changes ahead of us.

By Susanne Siig Petersen

The appointment of Minik Rosing and Carsten Rahbek as chairs in D-IAS happens as both are now affiliated professors at the Faculty of Science at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).
The two well-known and internationally recognized Danish professors are both among the top 1 pct. most cited scientists in the world.

Minik Rosing is a Professor in Geology at GLOBE Institute at University of Copenhagen. He is the man behind the analysis of the Isua-sediment, pointing out that photosynthesis already took place 3.7 billion years ago.
He had a leading role in the Galathea 3 Expedition and is the author of several books.

Minik has been visiting D-IAS before when he did a lecture about the early evolution of life in front of more than 200 people – and he is now looking forward to the future collaboration with D-IAS and SDU:

“I have had 10 exciting years of scientific collaborations with SDU as co-chair of the NordCEE center of Excellence under the Danish National Research Fund (DNRF). I am looking forward to continuing this work and engage in collaborations in research, policy work and outreach across all SDU faculties. It is a great opportunity to engage in transformative research with the excellent academic environments at SDU and jointly address pressing issues of our times.“

Carsten Rahbek is a Professor in Biology, Villum Investigator and the director of the DNRF Center for Macroecology Evolution and Climate (CMEC) and also at the GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen.

He conducts research on what determines the distribution and diversity of life on Earth, and been one of the pioneers establishing the research fields of Macroecology as well as of Systematic Conservation Planning.

Carsten Rahbek is renowed for this pioneering work on understanding biodiversity of moutains and his recent focus has been on the issue of climate change and patterns of biodiversity in the past, today and in the future.

“I am honored and look forward to join and contribute to the excellent research environment at D-IAS at SDU. Current global challenges call for research that can provide the foundation for insigthful public debate and world-wide decision-making. I believe that the leadership of SDU with D-IAS is setting an example of how university can pro-actively contribute to excellence in research on fundamental questions across all disciplines of research.”

A huge benefit for research across disciplines

Working across disciplines and universities takes research to a higher level which is what Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS) is all about.

Regarding the affiliation and appointment of the two professors, Vice-Chancellor at SDU, Henrik Dam states:

“It is a great pleasure for SDU to be able to welcome Affiliated Professor Minik Rosing and Affiliated Professor Carsten Rahbek. Not only will they strengthen the Faculty of Science, they will strengthen the entire SDU with their world-class research. Furthermore, the top researchers from University of Copenhagen also become chairs in D-IAS, a center which, across all five faculties, is created to inspire and create the framework for world-class research. We get two researchers at SDU, who creates value for society with their excellent research – and we are grateful to be part of this collaboration for the benefit of research and education.”

And the Dean of the Faculty of Science at SDU, Marianne Holmer is naturally also very happy and satisfied with the affiliation:

“We are happy to be able to affiliate Professor Minik Rosing and Professor Carsten Rahbek at the Faculty of Science. Minik and Carsten are two recognized and skilled researchers who work interdisciplinarily and cover the field of science quite broadly – especially in regards of global challenges and climate change.
Minik Rosing comes to us as a geologist which will also benefit our skilled biogeochemists at Biology and Minik can potentially also benefit our fields of physics and chemistry.”

– Marianne Holmer states – and she continues:

“Carsten Rahbek is a biologist and his focus is on biodiversity, climate change and sustainability. In that way he can collaborate with our biologists and with the biostatisticians at e.g. IMADA and in the Center of Population Dynamics.  With their prominent research they have at huge impact in Danish research and science and they both help focusing on the consequences of the climate change in our society – a subject that our students are very interested in as they explore fundamental questions and solutions to the global challenges.”

Finally, Marianne Holmer underlines why the affiliation is meaningful on several levels:   

“Minik and Carsten are of course both well-known, prominent and talented intermediaries who engage in dialogue with the young people and help promote both new ideas and science in general in the media.”

Earlier this year Dr. Eske Willerslev was also appointed as Chair of Geogenetics in D-IAS as he became Affiliated Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS) is a center at SDU in Odense focusing on excellent world-class research – setting the framework for groundbreaking ideas across disciplines.