Thomas Bjørnholm is new Director of Science

30 January 2018

VILLUM FONDEN has employed Thomas Bjørnholm as Director of VILLUM FONDEN's grant area for research within the technical and natural sciences.

Thomas Bjørnholm will join VILLUM FONDEN as Director of Science on March 1, 2018. He comes from a previous position as Prorector for Research and Innovation at the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas Bjørnholm comes from a previous position as Prorector for Research and Innovation at the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas Bjørnholm will further develop VILLUM FONDEN's research programmes within the technical and natural sciences, which today includes three programmes: VILLUM Investigator, VILLUM Young Investigator and  VILLUM Experiment.

Thomas Bjørnholm is a professor of Materials Chemistry and has previously been head of the Nano-Science Center at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.


Thomas Bjørnholm was born in 1960. In 1990, he received his PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Copenhagen. He has received numerous research awards, including the Ole Rømer Foundation Award, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Award as well as a gold medal and the Director Ib Henriksen Award.

We look forward to welcoming Thomas Bjørnholm.

The young, the experienced and the wildest idea

Read more about VILLUM FONDEN's grants for research in the technical and natural sciences

For further information please contact:

Lars Hansen
Executive Director, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 24 61 10 50



MSc in Engineering, HD, MA at New York University

Lars Hansen has more than 20 years experience with business and management from Novo Nordisk and Novozymes in Denmark and internationally. Since 2014 employed as Executive Director of VILLUM FONDEN.

Other boards, etc.:

  • Chair of the board of directors of the Knowledge Center for Danish Foundations
  • Board member of Aquaporin A / S