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Two new vice-deans appointed for Natural Sciences

Kristine Kilså is to be vice-dean for education and David Lundbek Egholm is to be vice-dean for research at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. This gives the faculty a strong new management team.

[Translate to English:] Foto: Anders Trærup, AU Foto.
[Translate to English:] Foto: Anders Trærup, AU Foto.

A management team with strong competencies will be in charge of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, which was set up at the turn of the year when Science and Technology was divided into two separate faculties. On 1 April 2020, Kristian Pedersen took up the position as dean, and with the appointment of two vice-deans, the Dean's Office for the faculty is now in place. 

Kristine Kilså, the new vice-dean for education, has a very strong profile in the field of education, while David Lundbek Egholm is renowned in the field of research. Together, they make up a strong team to supplement Dean Kristian Pedersen. And the dean is very keen that the Dean's Office functions as a team.

"Kristine and David are both very talented people, and each will bring unique experience and insight to the faculty. We all complement each other well, and I'm very much looking forward to working with them. They’re both dynamic and experienced in their field, and together with the faculty management team and the rest of the faculty, they will be helping to run Nat and ensure ongoing development on the basis of the strong foundation the faculty already has," says Dean Kristian Pedersen. The vice-deans will play a central role in the strategy process recently launched at Nat.

"Together with the entire faculty, I'm looking forward to finding the direction for Nat to develop in over the next ten years.  The strategy must be forged in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, and the vice-deans will have an important role in helping to establish and implement the strategy in close collaboration with the departments," says Kristian Pedersen.

Vice-dean for education

Kristine Kilså is 48 years old and comes from a position as head of studies administration in Sweden. She has solid management experience in the field of education, in addition to an academic career in chemistry and nanoscience. She will start as the vice-dean for education on 1 December.

Vice-dean for research

David Lundbek Egholm is 46 years old and a professor at Geoscience at AU. In recent years, he has been working in strategic research management and research funding and, among other things, he is a member of Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Thematic Committee for the Green Transition under the Danish Natural Science Research Council (FNU). He will start as the vice-dean for research on 1 November.