The Danish Prof. Flemming Besenbacher was on Wednesday 18 January 2012 announced as one of three international scientists to receive the 2011 award for International Scientific Cooperation by The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
The other two were Lonnie Thompson with Ohio State University of the United States, and Shin-ichi Kurokawa with Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization.
The award is given to encourage more efforts that will strengthen CAS’s innovation capacity and lead to improvements in its research performance, education & training, management, and reputation in the international scientific community.
Prof. Besenbacher’s relationship with China goes back to the early 1990s, when he first visited China to foster a cooperative link between Denmark and China actively promoting academic cooperation and exchanges in science and technology. Since 1990 he has collaborated with the Institute of Chemistry, CAS and the scanning tunneling microscopy laboratory lead by Prof Chun Li Bai, carrying out academic exchange, student transfer and publishing joint papers.
In 2009 the Sino-Danish Self-assembly and Nanostructure Functional Materials Center was established and as director of the Center, Professor Besenbacher has promoted the center into a world- leading center performing high-level research in the field of self-assembly.
Prof. Besenbacher has been involved in the advocacy and promotion of the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC), in particular, the direction of the nanoscience education program, actively discussing the promotion of the interdisciplinary curriculum. SDC has subsequently helped with the exchange of science and technology personnel and cooperation on jointly sponsored projects between the two countries. Prof. Besenbacher has played a major role in promoting high level interactions for strategic development of science and technology between Denmark and China.
On January 1, 2012, Prof. Besenbacher took over as chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation which supports scientific research within the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, philosophy, the humanities and social sciences. He has been a member of the foundation’s management since 2005.
Founded in Beijing in November 1949, the CAS is the country’s top academic and research institution in the natural sciences.