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Research talent on the ”Make Our Planet Great Again” team

The French president Macron has selected a young research talent who collaborates with the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy at Aarhus University for the French initiative ”Make Our Planet Great Again”.

2018.01.08 | Janne Hansen

Lorie Hamelin (right) in the company of France's president Emmanuel Macron at the event where Macron announced who was selected to receive his special funds for climate research. Photo: Lorie Hamelin


The young research talent in the area of climate and bioeconomy, Lorie Hamelin, is among the only 18 researchers who have been chosen for Macron's initiative ”Make Our Planet Great Again”. More than 1800 researchers showed interest in the programme. Of these, 90 were invited to send an application in collaboration with a French institution, 57 applications were received and voilá – among these 18 were selected to share the approximately 30 millioner euros that the research programme offers.    

Lorie Hamelin has previously collaborated with researchers from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University and has maintained her connections with the university.   

- With funds from the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO) we have employed her for three months to participate in publications about bioeconomy and potentil Danish biomass resources, but in the future we also expect a more binding collaboration with her new group, says Senior Researcher Uffe Jørgensen, who is the leader of the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy.  

The 35-year-old Lorie Hamelin is a veritable rising star in the research sky. Her areas of expertise include bioeconomy, carbon management and life cycle assessment of various systems, particularly biosystems. She has a broad network in research in bioenergy, land use changes, and agroecology. 

Fruitful research collaboration

The young scientist is originally from Canada, where she earned her bachelor and master degrees from Laval University in Québec, after which she came to Denmark to carry out her PhD studies within environmental technology. She defended her thesis “ Carbon management and environmental consequences of agricultural biomass in a Danish renewable energy strategy” at University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in March 2013.  

In the course of her PhD studies with associate professor Henrik Wenzel at SDU, she established contact with several researchers from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University. One of these was Uffe Jørgensen. 

- Our cooperation with Lorie, who needed our knowledge of agroecology, was very fruitful. Among others, Jørgen E. Oleson and I collaborated with Lorie on one of the articles for her PhD, and that article is now highly cited, says Uffe Jørgensen. 

Read Modelling the carbon and nitrogen balances of direct land use changes from energy crops in Denmark: a consequential life cycle inventory

The next rung on Lorie Hamelin's career ladder was a postdoc followed by an assistant professorship at the University of Southern Denmark. She was thereafter employed as a senior scientist at the EU-funded Department of Bioeconomy and System Analysis at the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Poland. And now the rising star is settling in in Toulouse, where she will work at the Biological Systems and Processes Engineering Laboratory (INRA). With Macron's climate funds she will establish and lead a group regarding bioeconomy in the project CambioSCOP (CArbon Management and BIOresources strategies for SCOPing the transition towards low fossil carbon). 

For more information please contact: CBIO Centre Leader, Senior Researcher Uffe Jørgensen, Department of Agroecology, email: uffe.jorgensen@agro.au.dk, telephone: +45 8715 7729, mobile: +45 2133 7831

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