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New spearhead for DTU's Arctic activities

Friday 22 Jun 18

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DTU has recruited a new head of centre to work with coordination and dissemination of the University's Arctic activities within research, education, innovation and research-based consultancy.

On 1 August, Susanne Hanson joins DTU in the position as Head of Centre for Arctic DTU. She comes from a leading position at the Danish Technological Institute and has many years of experience with Arctic research.

"Understanding the physical, climatic and social frameworks is crucial when working with research and technology development tailored to the Arctic region. Susanne Hanson combines academic knowledge of Arctic relations with a strategic understanding that gives DTU a good basis for strengthening and expanding our activities in both Greenland and the rest of the Arctic," explains DTU's Dean of Research Katrine Krogh Andersen.

One of Arctic DTU’s tasks is to continue the plan to expand DTU's activities in Greenland's second largest town, Sisimiut. This plan is known as Vision 125 and is being developed in continuous collaboration with the Government of Greenland.

"With Susanne Hanson as new Head of Centre for Arctic DTU, we are in a strong position to expand and develop our activities in Sisimiut together with our good partners in Greenland and across DTU," says Head of Department Niels-Jørgen Aagaard, who will act as interim Head of Centre for Arctic DTU until 1 August.

International experience with research in the Arctic and Antarctica

Susanne Hanson has experience with research in geophysics in both the Arctic and Antarctica. She also comes with experience from several international research institutions that prepares her well for heading DTU's international Arctic activities.

For Susanne Hanson, the position as head of the centre is a pleasant reunion with DTU, where she has previously worked as a researcher.

"DTU faces a really exciting journey, which I look forward to being able to help shape, "says Susanne Hanson.

Find more information about Arctic DTU here.

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