Published on 28 January 2021
The VILLUM FOUNDATION—founded in 1971 by Villum Kann Rasmussen, founder of the window company VELUX—supports technical and scientific research as well as environmental, social and cultural purposes, in Denmark and abroad. In 2011 the Foundation kicked off the Villum Young Investigator Program (YIP) with the intention to encourage Danish universities to support and recruit both Danish and international research talent.
This year they awarded a total of DKK 126 million (~EUR 17 million) to 19 particularly talented young researchers in the technical and natural sciences. Their research areas are very wide-ranging—from the formation of the universe’s first structures to sustainable production using microalgae. The Villum Young Investigator programme allows talented Danish and international researchers to pursue their ideas and establish their own research groups at Danish universities. With grants of between six and eight million DKK, this year’s 19 budding research stars are ready to make their mark on the future.
Among these 19 research stars is none other than Belgian researcher Stephanie Horion, currently employed at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management of the University of Copenhagen. She was awarded DKK 6 million (~EUR 800,000) for the project DRYTIP (short for Drought-induced tipping points in ecosystem functioning: Coupled insights from Earth Observation, Dynamic Vegetation Model and Field Ecology).
Read all about the U-TURN project in this webstory: