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Young science talent receives prestigious grant

Villum Fonden has awarded a grant of DKK 4.5 mill. to researcher Emmanuel Arthur from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University.

[Translate to English:] Forsker Emmanuel Arthur har modtaget 4,5 mio. kr. fra Villum Fondens Young Investigator-program. Foto: Janne Hansen

Researcher Emmanuel Arthur from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University has been awarded a grant from Villum Fonden’s Young Investigator Programme to the tune of DKK 4.5 mill. This prestigious grant will boost his research opportunities and enable him to work on his project “Application of water vapor sorption and spectroscopy for novel characterization of surface and engineering properties of soils”. The grant will fund a postdoc, a PhD and purchase of data analyses software, and facilitate soil data acquisition on a national scale.


The aim of the grant from Villum Fonden is to help young scientists create their own, independent research identity. The 33-year-old Emmanuel Arthur from Ghana is one of the stars in this sky. He earned his master’s degree in Physical Land Resources (Soil Science) at Ghent University in Belgium in 2009. From there he went to the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University where he earned his PhD (“Soil Architecture and Biophysical Functions: Interrelated effects of texture, organic matter, and response to anthropogenic stresses”) in February 2013. Emmanuel Arthur has continued working in the department first as a postdoc and now, with effect from 12 February 2016, as a researcher.


- The grant enables me to stay in Denmark for the next four years until the project is finished. I like the work environment here, so I would like to stay even longer, if possible, says the young talent. He has maintained his ties with his homeland in that some of his projects are in collaboration with partners in Ghana.


- I would love to continue to have Denmark as my base but have projects in Ghana, Emmanuel Arthur says. Read more about Emmanuel Arthur’s new research project here.


Read more about the Villum Young Investigator Programme here. In the photo showing the grant winners Emmanuel Arthur is second from the left. 


For more information please contact: Researcher Emmanuel Arthur, Department of Agroecology, e-mail: emmanuel.arthur@agro.au.dk, telephone: +45 8715 7635