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Riikka Rinnan to start new Center of Excellence at the University of Copenhagen

23.8.2022 | The Center will investigate the biology of volatile substances and how it responds to climate change.
Professor of Terrestrial Ecology Riikka Rinnan will head up one of 11 new Centers of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), pending final negotiations. The Center, which is to be called The Center for Volatile Interactions or VOLT, will be based at the University of Copenhagen.
 
“Honored and excited to start a new Center of Excellence,” Prof Rinnan tweeted following the announcement. She also mentioned looking forward to collaborations, including with her fellow AcademiaNet member Kathrin Rousk.
 
The research focus of VOLT will be volatile substances, which are ones that easily turn to gas at normal temperatures. In her application to the DNRF, Prof Rinnan wrote that the Center would aim to gain a greater understanding of gas exchanges between organisms, their ecosystems and the atmosphere, and how those processes respond to climate change.
 
In a press release the Director of the DNRF Søren Peter Olesen said of the successful applicants: “[They] represent very different areas of research, and they have all proven that they can think outside the box and stay ahead of developments.”
 
VOLT along with the other Centers will be funded for an initial period of six years, with a possible four year extension. The DNRF is putting up a total of 625 million DKK, the equivalent of 84 million euro, and each Center can be granted up to 60 million DKK, or 8 million euro.   (© Emilie Steinmark / AcademiaNet / Spektrum.de)

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