The boards of directors of VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN have in recent years taken steps to strengthen the approval process.

This was done by establishing working groups and committees for each of the various grant areas and programme types.

Working groups

VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN have set up a number of working groups mainly for the purpose of contributing to the allocation activities of the foundations taking place on a professional, sound and in other respects exemplary basis. The object of the working groups is to assist the board of trustees with strategic development as well as with the handling and recommendations to decide on applications and projects within selected areas, presently the individual allocation areas as well as the asset management.

Research in the technical and natural sciences
  • Anja Boisen, professor, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, board member, VILLUM FONDEN
  • Christian S. Jensen, Dr. Techn., PhD, professor, Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University, board member, VILLUM FONDEN
  • Björn Ottersten, professor, University of Luxembourg & KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Guy Marin, professor, Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering, Ghent University
  • Jane Clarke, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  • Poul Henrik Damgaard, professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
Social programmes, Denmark
  • Birgitte Mazanti, head of centre, Centre for Social Housing Development, external member
  • Bjarne Graabæk Thomsen, former CEO, board member of VILLUM FONDEN
  • Hans Peter Jensen, DPhil, Efor Egmont Kollegiet, external member
  • Kamilla Kann Rasmussen, educationist, board member of VELUX FONDEN
  • Ole Pass, former social director, external member
Social programmes, other countries
  • Bjarne Graabæk Thomsen, former CEO, board member of VILLUM FONDEN
  • Eva Zeuthen Bentsen, MSc., PhD, partner in Odgers Berndtson, board member of VILLUM FONDEN
  • Jan Reitz Jørgensen, chief consultant, Ministry of Education, eksternal member
Culture and Society
  • Bjarne Graabæk Thomsen, former CEO, consultant, board member of VILLUM FONDEN
  • Jens Kann-Rasmussen, MSc, Senior Director Global Standardisation and Technical Documentation at VELUX A/S, Chair of VILLUM FONDEN
  • Eva Zeuthen Bentsen, PhD, MSc, partner Odgers Berndtson, board member of VILLUM FONDEN
Environment
  • Astrid Kann-Rasmussen, nurse, observer, VELUX FONDEN
  • Mikael Skou Andersen, MSc. Political Science, PhD, professor, Department of Environmental Science and Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, external member
  • Minik Rosing, Professor, National History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Licenciate (PhD), MSc., Vice-Chair of VELUX FONDEN
  • Farmer Søren Hermansen, director, Energy Academy, external member
Research in the humanities and culture
  • Jens Oddershede, DSc., professor, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, board member of VELUX FONDEN
  • Marianne Zibrandtsen, MA., former principal at Aurehøj Gymnasieum, external member
  • Marie Louise Bech Nosch, MA. PhD, professor, Saxo-Insititute, University of Copenhagen, board member of VELUX FONDEN
Humanities and praxis
  • Carsten Hendriksen, former consultant MD, senior researcher, University of Copenhagen, external member
  • Hans Peter Jensen, DPhil, Efor Egmont College, external member
  • Marianne Zibrandtsen, MA., former principal at Aurehøj Gymnasieum, external member
  • Minik Rosing, Professor, National History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Licenciate (PhD), MSc., Vice-Chair of VELUX FONDEN
 
Committees

Committees assist with the approval process and provide consultancy.

Applicants to VILLUM FONDEN’s Young Investigators Programme are reviewed by a newly established committee tasked with identifying the best-qualified applicants.

Recipients of the Annual Award are selected by the board of directors of VILLUM FONDEN from among a pool of nominees chosen by an expert panel.

The boards of directors of both foundations can consult with the Investment Committee, which has been specially established to advise on investment practices.

VILLUM YOUNG INVESTIGATOR PROGRAMME
  • Dorte Juul Jensen, Professor, DTU MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Technical University of Denmark (chair)
  • Bart de Moor, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Charlotte Fløe Kristjansen, Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Owen Lewis, Professor, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
  • Susanne Mandrup, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark
  • Helmut Bölcskei, Professor, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and Department of Mathematics, ETH
  • Jenny Emnéus, Professor, DTU NANOTECH, Technical University of Denmark
  • Bo Elberling, Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen
  • Duncan Sutherland, Professor, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, Aarhus University
ANNUAL AWARD
  • Anja Boisen, Professor, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, board member, VILLUM FONDEN
  • Björn Ottersten, Professor, University of Luxembourg & KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Marcel A. J. Somers, Professor, Section head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

 

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
  • Dorrit Vanglo, MSc. Economics, CEO, LD, external member
  • Henrik Jørgensen, HD2, Head of administration, THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS
  • Jan Østergaard, MSc. Economics, CIO, Industriens Pension, external member
  • Jens Kann-Rasmussen, MSc, Senior Director Global Standardisation and Technical Documentation at VELUX A/S, chair, VILLUM FONDEN
  • Jens Oddershede, D.Sc., professor, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, board member, VELUX FONDEN
Compensation

Working group members receive DKK 75,000 annually. Members of the working group 'Culture and Society' receives DKK 50,000 annually.

External experts are compensated either on an hourly basis or for each application they assist with.

Committee members receive annual compensation commensurate with their responsibilities.