29 September 2016

The Carlsberg Foundation's Research Prize 2016 goes to two UCPH researchers


UCPH professors in mathematics and in International Development Law received the Carlsberg Foundation's Research Prize 2016

From the left: Flemming Besenbacher, prize recipient Tobias Holck Colding, H.R.H. Princess Mary, prize recipient Morten Broberg, Ulla Tørnæs, Mogens Høgh Jensen | Photo: Lars Svankjær

On Sunday, September 25 HRH Crown Princess Mary and the Minister for Higher Education Ulla Tørnæs presented the Carlsberg Foundation's Research Prize 2016. The awards went to Morten Broberg and Tobias Holck Colding for an excellent research effort in, respectively, International Development Law and mathematics. With the prizes come DKK 1 million, of which DKK 750,000 is given to research activities, while DKK 250,000 is a personal award.

Morten Broberg and International Development Law

Morten Broberg has built up the research area 'International Development Law' over a number of years. He works with legal challenges and dilemmas in areas such as development aid, international trade and justice reforms in developing countries. His research focuses not only on rules of law and legal aspects, but also on the consequences of rules of law in the broad sense. This is why he works with researchers from a wide range of subject areas, dealing with the same issues from other perspectives.

Watch the film and read a presentation and portrait of Morten Broberg.

Tobias Holck Colding and geometric analysis

Tobias Holck Colding works with geometric analysis and differential geometry, one of the most important research areas in mathematics today. Amongst other things, he has conducted research into soap films and soap bubbles: How surfaces naturally change shape over a period of time. The techniques that have been developed to understand and describe the area have had fantastic applications in many other fields. For example, one of Colding’s results has led to a more clear understanding of one of mathematics’ major breakthroughs in the last 20 years: the solution of the "Poincare conjecture" - one of the seven so-called millennium problems. The Poincare conjecture provides an important characterisation of geometric shapes in higher dimensions, e.g. surfaces in the 4-dimensional space.

Watch the film and read a presentation and portrait of Tobias Holck Colding.

Read the Carlsberg Foundation's press release.