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Talent and excellence program ‘UCPH Forward’

CHEF Talk with Marie Louise Nosch and Jens Hjorth

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Thursday 12 January 2023,  at 15:00 - 16:00


DPU, Aarhus University, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV, room A302 and online via Zoom


Marie Louise Nosch, professor in history, UCPH, former leader of center of excellence, president of the Royal Academy of sciences and letters

Jens Hjorth, professor in astrophysics, Niels Bohr Institute, UCPH, former leader of centre of excellence, member of the board of the Carlsberg Foundation


Professor Susan Wright, Co-Director of CHEF, DPU, Aarhus University, Denmark


January 12th 2023, 15:00 – 16:00 (CET), UTC +1


At the University of Copenhagen we have the talent and excellence program, UCPH Forward. Participants are selected based on clear criteria, including academic track record, ability to define learning target, and to formulate a vision. The program lasts 10 months and requires 20 % of the participants’ time. It consists of monthly full-day sessions, two retreats, coaching and ‘tracks’ (e.g., running, application writing).

It addresses hardcore promotable academic skills such as time management, fundraising, writing, creation of CVs and a range of academic background reading assignments. This is coupled to the individual skills of the participants, including various psychological profiles, coping, coaching, exercise and sleep, and sense of purpose. We also address authority, alliances, networking with influential people, leadership, role models, mentoring, and research policies. We use all locations of the UCPH and its history and organization to enhance the understanding of being part of a large comprehensive university. The program is unique because led by professors, and because it targets the mid-career scholar group. We tailor the course around the concept of career sustainability. Our hope is that it will help change academia from within and lead to more sustainable individual careers as well as more valuable research.

A Zoom-link will be shared with the participants closer to the event.