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Graduate School management and committees

This page has information on the management of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (GSNS). The management has overall responsibility for the graduate school and the education of PhD students within the school’s research fields. Furthermore, the organisation of the different graduate school committees is listed below, along with information on their responsibilities and committee members.    



The GSNS head of graduate school is also responsible for the organisation of PhD studies within the legal framework laid down by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Ministerial Order no. 1039 of 27 august 2013) and the GSNS Rules and Regulations.

The head of graduate school:

  1. Is responsible for the admission of students.
  2. Is responsible for regular quality assurance evaluations of the graduate school.
  3. Is responsible for the individual PhD study programmes.
  4. Makes recommendations to the dean regarding the appraisal of the PhD programmes and supervises the implementation of suggested changes.
  5. Appoints the PhD supervisors.
  6. Appoints chairs and members of the programme committees.
  7. Reports to the dean on all matters of significance for the PhD students, such as fellowships and scholarships awarded, paid employment, examinations, etc.
  8. Reviews complaints concerning PhD study matters.

PhD and Talent Administration


The GSNS is administered by the PhD and Talent Administration for Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences, which is an integrated part of Administrative Centre Health.

The PhD and Talent Administration is responsible for administration of its PhD programmes and provides services related to the following, for example:

  • Application procedures
  • Enrolment and employment
  • Study permits for international PhD students
  • Information events
  • Study-related and employment-related counselling
  • Evaluations
  • Transferable skills courses
  • Qualifying examinations
  • Defence of PhD theses
  • Issuing PhD certificates
  • Extensions, leaves, maternity/paternity/sick leave, etc.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your PhD partner, if you have any questions or experience any problems in connection with your PhD studies. You will find your PhD partner's contact information on your PhD programme page or on the contact page.

The GSNS admissions committee

  • David Lundbeck Egholm
  • Johannes Overgaard
  • Kurt Vesterager Gothelf
  • Jesper Buus Nielsen
  • Thorsten Nagel
  • Søren Fournais
  • Gregers Rom Andersen
  • Brigitte Maria Stadler
  • Georg Bruun

The GSNS admissions committee consists of the head of PhD school and 8 top researchers. All researchers are appointed by the dean and have a broad knowledge of natural sciences. Based on input from the programme committees, the admissions committee prepares a list of applicants recommended for admission to the GSNS PhD studies and for those receiving partial funding by the GSNS. This list is forwarded to the dean for approval with respect to the amount of funding from the Faculty of Natural Sciences.  

    The GSNS PhD committee

    Due to the split of the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST) as per 1 June 2020 into the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (GSNS) and the Graduate School of Technical Sciences (GSTS), the PhD committee will be in a transitional period until 31 January 2021 covering both the GSNS and the GSTS.

    The PhD committee is responsible for the organisation of PhD studies within the legal framework laid down by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Ministerial Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013) and the GSNS/GSTS Rules and Regulations. Six members of the PhD committee are elected from among the permanent academic staff, and six members are elected from among the PhD students.

    Agendas and minutes from PhD committee meetings

    Current members/observers of the PhD Committee are:

    • Associate professor Kurt Thomas Jensen, Bioscience (Chair) (representing Bioscience)
    • Professor Henrik Stapelfeldt, Chemistry (representing Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Nanoscience)
    • Associate professor Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer, Molecular Biology and Genetics (representing Molecular Biology and Genetics)
    • Professor Lis Wollesen de Jonge, Agroecology (representing Agroecology and Environmental Science)
    • Associate Professor Marianne Hammershøj, Food Science (representing Food Science and Animal Science)
    • Associate professor Anders Møller, Computer Science (representing Computer Science, Geoscience and Engineering)
    • PhD student Yannik Elo Roell, Agroecology (Vice-Chair) (representing Agroecology and Environmental Science)
    • PhD student Sundas Rani, Animal Science (representing Animal Science and Food Science)
    • PhD student Michelle Møhlenberg (observer), cover for Louise Marie Kragh Dalskov, Molecular Biology and Genetics (representing Molecular Biology and Genetics)
    • PhD student Frederik Thorning Bjørn, Chemistry (observer – representing Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, and Nanoscience) 
    • No member/observer representing Bioscience
    • No member/observer representing Computer Science, Geoscience and Engineering

    The PhD committee:

    1. Approves PhD courses
    2. Discusses matters related to PhD studies in general and forwards recommendations to the dean via the head of graduate school
    3. Advises the head of graduate school in matters pertaining to supervision and appraisal of PhD studies
    4. Advises the vice-dean about the composition of assessment committees
    5. Reviews applications for credit transfers and requests for exemptions

    Rules of procedure for the PhD committee

    The GSNS programme committees

    Each programme has a programme committee composed of members of the permanent academic staff and PhD students. Academic staff members of programme committees and their chairs are appointed by the vice-dean for talent development after consultations with the relevant departments/centres.

    The programme committees discuss matters related to PhD studies at departmental level and forward their recommendations to the head of PhD school. PhD students are excluded from participating in any items on the agenda that pertain to personal issues, such as the evaluation of incoming applications.

    The academic staff members of programme committees evaluate incoming applications and submit their recommendations to the GSNS. Their evaluation involves a thorough assessment of each applicant’s qualifications, in accordance with the criteria listed in paragraph 3.4 of the GSNS Rules and Regulations and of the recommendations provided by the GSNS.

    Programme committee members from the academic staff take part in qualifying examinations and thesis evaluations as described in the GSNS Rules and Regulations.

    Current chair members of the programme committees are:

    • Kurt Thomas Jensen - Biology
    • Henrik Stapelfeldt - Chemistry
    • Anders Møller - Computer Science
    • Christian Tegner - Geoscience
    • Andreas Basse-O'Connor - Mathematics
    • Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer - Molecular Biology and Genetics
    • Duncan Sutherland - Nanoscience
    • Karsten Riisager - Physics and Astronomy    
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