Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster Available online

    Lecture: Pushing the Envelope - Exploring the frontiers of high-risk research through interdisciplinary synergy

    In this lecture, we will focus on a few complex scientific challenges that are tackled through interdisciplinary high-risk research. You will hear inspirational talks from some of the successful researchers supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme, and who are contributing to changing the boundaries of our knowledge and science.

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    13 April 2023


    To push the envelope means to surpass normal limits or attempt something viewed as radical or risky and comes from the aeronautical use of envelope referring to performance limits that cannot be exceeded safely. Some of the most complex scientific challenges can only be addressed by pushing the envelope through interdisciplinary efforts. Through the Synergy Programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation is awarding high-risk grants to projects that explores untested, high-risk/high-gain ideas that might not be fruitful. However, when successful they change the boundaries of our knowledge about the world.

    Join us for an afternoon highlighting some of the research with the highest risk profiles that the Novo Nordisk Foundation supports.

    We have the honor of presenting Coen P.H. Elemans, who studies songbirds and whales to develop computational and biomechanical models for voice control and speech acquisition with the aim of improving treatment for people with voice disorders.

    We also have the honor of presenting Hanne Ingmer who were recently given an Interdisciplinary Synergy Grant to investigate how to prevent invasive microbial infections by hijacking bacterial communication.

    Last but not least, Tejs Vegge has embarked on an exploratory project towards rapid and accurate computational predictions of chemical reaction networks. These can be used to devise the design of new sustainable materials, such as materials for organic redox flow batteries.



    Coen P.H. Elemans Professor, University of Southern Denmark
    Hanne Ingmer Professor, University of Copenhagen
    Tejs Vegge Professor, DTU Energy, Technical University of Denmark


    3:45 pm Arrival and Registration
    4:00 pm Welcome to the Novo Nordisk Foundation by Kamilla Nørregaard, Senior Scientific Manager at Novo Nordisk Foundation
    4:10 pm Coen P. H. Elemans

    Professor, Sound Communication Group, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark
    Interdisciplinary Synergy Grant Holder
    4:35 pm Hanne Ingmer

    Professor, Food safety and zoonosis, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen
    Interdisciplinary Synergy Grant Holder
    5:00 pm Tejs Vegge

    Professor, DTU Energy, Technical University of Denmark
    Exploratory Interdisciplinary Synergy Grant Holder
    5:25 pm Concluding remarks
    5:30 pm End of lecture
    Networking with drinks and snacks for physical participants
    6:30 pm Thank you for today!
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    What is Science Cluster Lectures?

    The Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster Lectures is a series of open lectures for all researchers and others interested in bioscience, biotechnology and health. Every 4 weeks, on Thursday evenings, you are invited for lectures on themes with a general interest for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers and bioscience researchers in general. Often there will be a cross-disciplinary focus.

    Will it be possible to attend physically and virtually?

    This will be a hybrid lecture with the possibility of attending both virtually and physically. Please note that we have a limited capacity for how many we allow to participate physically, and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

    Will it be possible to ask questions?

    Yes. We take oral questions from physical audience and written questions from virtual participants.

    I would like to know about upcoming Science Cluster Lectures – where can I find information?

    You are very welcome to join the ‘Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster’s Linkedin and/or Facebook group. There you will find information about upcoming lectures, and much more.

    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    If you arrive by car, you can park for free in front or at the side of Tuborg Havnevej 19. If that is full, there is 3 hours free parking in the parking to the Waterfront shopping mall at the end of the road. Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166), nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

    Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Contact Johan Jansen at jja@novo.dk

    How do I cancel my participation?

    Please help us respecting our speakers, as well as keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Conference Manager or send an email to Johan Jansen at jja@novo.dk

    Can I update my registration information?

    Yes, just log in to Conference Manager. Please use this option also in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your registration.

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    No, you do not have to bring your ticket, but registration is mandatory for participation. You will find a tag with your name on it when you arrive.