UCPH Forward

UCPH Forward offers an intensive talent development for UCPH researchers (advanced postdocs, or young professors at all levels) who demonstrate extraordinary scholarly excellence, creativity, talent, motivation, and the courage to bridge disciplines.

Candidates will be accepted by competitive application. Holders of Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships, ERC starting or consolidator grants or similar competitive awards as well as early career Tenure Track employees are encouraged to apply.

An elite network and individual mentoring

The participants will find themselves in a network of the most dedicated UCPH junior researchers with whom to share ideas and ambitions and participate in exclusive talks and debates on a variety of relevant topics with select representatives from the Danish and international academic, industrial, social, commercial, and political sectors.

Content and gains

Each participant will draft a personal and professional milestone plan. The milestone plan will include:

  • Applying for major funding, e.g. ERC grants.
  • Publishing in high impact journals
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration within or outside of UCPH
  • Improving personal performance, authority, appearance and credibility.

Other themes to be explored in the training are international fundraising, entrepreneurship, research management as well as leadership. The participant will learn how to direct their own research programmes, grants, and teams.

At the end of the programme, participants will have produced an individual research plan including a strategy for funding applications, publications and outreach activities. They will also draft a development plan for their academic field. They will have formed a valuable network with other talents across the UCPH and with highly experienced research leaders.

Leadership and anchorage

The establishment of UCPH Forward was decided by Rector Henrik Wegener and the deans of research in 2017. The programme is designed and directed by professor Marie Louise Nosch from the Saxo-Institute, professor Jens Hjorth from the Niels Bohr Institute (link til Jens' profil), and organisational psychologist Ulla Viskum from Shared HR.