Aarhus University Annual Celebration 2011

Speech to Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk – winner of Aarhus University's Travel Grant 2011

Aarhus University is a university where we honour close cooperation and the ability to create ground-breaking results by working together. But Aarhus is also a university where there is room to honour the individual when he or she distinguishes himself or herself with exceptional results. For this reason, I would like to ask Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) to come forward.

Dear Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk,

Earlier this year, a jury decided unanimously to name you European PhD Student of the Year, choosing you from a long list of proposed candidates. The official title is the European Young Researcher's Award. At Aarhus University alone there are around 1,800 PhD students, and I hardly dare to guess at how many there are in Europe – maybe 50,000; but it is easy to see that the chances of becoming the European PhD student of the year are about as great as they are of coaxing a full-grown elephant through the eye of a needle. But you succeeded. You came through in an incredibly tough international competition. Through outstanding research of the highest international calibre, you have contributed to the development of new materials for the storage of hydrogen, which is a critical condition for the use of hydrogen as a fuel for transport. On behalf of Aarhus University, I would like to recognise your contribution by presenting you with the Aarhus University Travel Grant of DKK 25,000, which I am sure you will find useful during your forthcoming 6-month stay at MIT.

Many congratulations, Dorthe. I am certain that we will hear more of you and your research results in the future.