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Climate scientist appointed professor at Aarhus University

Jørgen E. Olesen whose area of expertise is the impact of climate change on agriculture has been appointed professor at Aarhus University.

[Translate to English:] Jørgen E. Olesen er udnævnt som professor på Aarhus Universitet. Jørgen E. Olesen er kendt for sin forskning inden for klima og landbrug. Foto: AU

It is a research scientist of considerable renown and with extensive experience of management of large national and international research projects who has now been accorded the title of professor at Aarhus University.

Fiftythree-year-old Jørgen E. Olesen is one of the world's leading experts in agriculture and climate and for the past eight years he has held the title of research professor, but has now been accorded the title of professor for his research that specifically focuses on climate and farming systems.

In addition to shedding light on the effects of climate change on the production of crops in agriculture, he is working on the development of low-input farming methods that will help curb the discharges of excess nutrients and greenhouse gases.

Jørgen E. Olesen is passionate about research, but also likes to communicate his vast knowledge through research-based teaching, advice to the authorities, lectures and articles, both as scientific and popular writings.

Jørgen E. Olesen has served on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was one of the co-authors of the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. The panel was in 2007 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Al Gore. He has also served on the Climate Commission and now sits on the Danish Council of Ethics, he is chairman of the food group to the green think tank CONCITO and is part of the newly established Nature and Agriculture Committee.

Jørgen E. Olesen heads the section on Climate and Water in the Department of Agroecology, but is also involved in the startup of a teaching and research venture between Denmark and China via the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research in Beijing. He is also chairman of the platform on Environment and Climate under the Danish universities' initiative on Building Stronger Universities in Developing Countries, which mainly deals with research and teaching collaboration with universities in Ghana and Tanzania.

Jørgen E. Olesen will be holding his inaugural lecture as professor in the auditorium at AU Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, on 13 April at 1 pm. The title of the lecture is ‘Agriculture at the nexus of climate change’, and it focuses on the need for interdisciplinary research and better integration between biotechnology, engineering, social research, soil and plant research and agricultural science to moderate climate change. Everyone is welcome - please register to Jytte.Christensen@agrsci.dk.

Besides the inaugural lecture at Aarhus University in April, Jørgen E. Olesen will be giving another inaugural lecture this month. He became associated with the Department of Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Copenhagen as an adjunct professor in 2011 and in this context will be holding an inaugural lecture on 14 March at 2 pm at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Lecture Hall, Bülowsvej 17, Frederiksberg. The title of his inaugural lecture is ‘Sustainable use of natural resources’.

Further information: Professor Jørgen E. Olesen, Department of Agroecology, telephone: +45 8715 7778, mobile: +45 4082 1659, email: jorgene.olesen@agrsci.dk