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Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen

Associate professor

Curriculum Vitae

Kristian H. Nielsen (updated June 2018)

Born

14 August 1968

Languages

Danish (native), English (fluent), German (speaking and reading), French (reading)

Research publications

As of June 2020

42 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 monographs (two in Danish and two in English; one single-authored and three co-authored), 28 book chapters, 8 encyclopedia articles, 6 conference proceedings papers, and 6 (co-)edited books and dedicated volume journals.

Research interests

Science communication; public understanding of science; public participation in science; citizen science; history of contemporary science and technology; history of popular science; research integrity; responsible research & innovation

Academic Qualifications

2001

PhD – co-funded by the History of Science Dept., Aarhus University (AU) and Dept. of Organization and Industrial Sociology, Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

1998

M.Sc. (Physics/Chemistry/History of science and technology), AU

1998

BA (Philosophy), AU

1996

BA (Physics), AU

Academic Positions

2015-

Head of center, Centre for Science Studies

2009-

Associate Professor, Centre for Science Studies, AU

2003-2009

Post. doc., Dept. of Science Studies, AU

2001-2005

Various positions as external lecturer at AU and the Technical University of Denmark

1998-2001

PhD scholar, AU and CBS

1998

Research Assistant, CBS

Research and study trips abroad (international relations)

2014

Peking University, China (with Xioamin Zhu, 1 week)

2011

Tokyo Institute of Technology (with Kayoko Nohara, 2 weeks)

2010

Science Museum, London (with Peter J. T. Morris, 3 months)

2008

Osaka University (with Masaki Nakamura, 1 month)

2006

University College of London (with Jane Gregory, 1 month)

2005

Cornell University (with Bruce Lewenstein, 1 month)

2000

Ecôle des Mines, Paris (with Michel Callon and Bruno Latour, 6 months)

1996

University of Rochester, USA (with Morris Pierce, 6 months)

Grants & Fellowships – Research and publication (individual)

2014

Travel Grant, AU Funds for Collaborating with Chinese Universities (Peking University) (DKK 34,500)

2010

Travel Grant, The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation (DKK 10,000)

2010

Short-term Research Fellowship, Science Museum, London (£6,000 or DKK 54,000)

2009

Research grant: Science Communicators’ expectations of science communication, Danish Council for Independent Research (DKK 603,000)

2008

Research grant: ‘Framing’ Nanotechnology in Danish newspapers 1993-2006, Danish Council for Independent Research (DKK 331,000)

2008

Research Fellowship, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JPY 336,000 or DKK 22,500)

2007

Working scholarship: På jagt efter søslangen: Galathea-ekspeditionen 1950-1952, Committee for Literature, Danish Arts Foundation (DKK 100,000)

2007

Research grant: Science, State, and Media: The Galathea 2 Expedition (1950-1952) as post-colonial research and research communication, Danish Council for Independent Research (DKK 644,000)

2005

Jubilee Travel Grant, Aarhus University’s Research Foundation (DKK 25,000)

Collaborative Research Projects and Networks

2019-21

Citizen science: State of the art in Danish Citizen Science and the role of research libaries, Danish Electronic Research Libraries' Research Funds (part of research team with Thomas Kaarsted, Research Library, University of Southern Denmark, and five other Danish research libraries) (DKK 2,2 mill.)

2018-20

Media coverage of the HPV vaccine controversy, NOVO Nordisk Research Foundation (PI, with Gunver L. Vestergaard, Weekendavisen) (DKK 534,356)

2017-2021

History of Danish Scientific Expeditions, The Augustinus Foundation (part of research team, with Christian Sune Pedersen, Jesper Kurt Nielsen, Peter Andreas Toft, Anne Haslund-Hansen, and Michael Harbsmeier, The National Museum of Denmark) (DKK 5.2 mill.)

2016

Arctic Climate Engineering Modeling and Engagement (part of research team, with Holly Buck and Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University, Ben Kravitz, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, and John Moore, Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Finland) (DKK 250,000)

2015

Research stay in Møllehuset, Aarhus Research Foundation (with Mads P. Sørensen, Danish Centre for Studies of Research and Research Policy)

2015

Advancement of research: Engineering Greenland, The Greenlandic Research Agency (PI, with Thorkild Kjærgaard, University of Greenland, and Daniel Thorleifsen, National Museum of Greenland) (DKK 65,483) 

2010-2013

Research project: Exploring Greenland: Science and Technology in Cold War Settings, Carlsberg Foundation (part of research team, led by Matthias Heymann) (DKK 5 mill.)

2009-2013

Coordination and collaboration activities, EU FP7 Project: SciCafé (The Science Cafés Network) (leader of WP7 with Gert Balling) (Total funding: DKK 6.8 mill.)

2006-2008

Research network: Field Studies – Network for the History and Sociology of Fieldwork and Scientific Expeditions, Danish Council for Independent Research (network administrator and member of steering committee with Keld Nielsen, Henry Nielsen, Michael Harbsmeier, Christopher J. Ries, and Esther Fihl) (DKK 600,000)

2003-2006

Research project: Science in Denmark, Carlsberg Foundation (part of research team, led by Henry Nielsen, Helge Kragh and Peter C. Kjærgaard) (DKK 6 mill.)

Grants for Publications

2018

Grant from Aarhus University's Research Foundation for publishing the book Forskere og forskerliv (Aarhus University Press, 2018) (DKK 110.000)

2017

Grant from Aarhus University's Research Foundation for publishing the book Camp Century: Koldkrigsbyen under indlandsisen (Aarhus University Press, 2017) (DKK 128,000)

2014

Grant from Aarhus University's Research Foundation for publishing the book 50 Opfindelser (Aarhus University Press, 2015) (DKK 298,000)

2011

Grant from Aarhus University's Research Foundation for publishing the book Scientists and scholars in the field: A History of Scientific Fieldwork and Expeditions (Aarhus University Press, 20) (DKK 58,000)

2007

Grant from Aarhus University's Research Foundation for publishing the book På jagt efter søslangen: Galathea-ekspeditionen 1950-52 (Aarhus University Press, 2009) (DKK 129,000)

Grants & Prizes – Science Communication

2007

Nomination for EU Descartes’ Prize for Excellent Science Communication (collaborative nomination – with Gert Balling for the Danish Science Cafés)

2007

The H.O. Lange Prize for Excellent Research Communication (collaborative prize – with Henry Nielsen, Helge Kragh and Peter C. Kjærgaard) (DKK 50,000)

2007

Svend Bergsøe Foundation Communication Prize (collaborative prize – with Gert Balling for the Danish Science Cafés) (DKK 100,000)

2003-

Four grants for the Danish Science Cafés from the Danish Lotto Funds (Ministry of Science), (collaborative grants – with Gert Balling for the Danish Science Cafés) (each DKK 123,000-172,000)

2000

3rd place, Essay Competition on Science, Education, and Competencies (collaborative prize – with Elin Winther) (DKK 25,000)

Teaching and supervision

As of March 2020

Four PhD's (successful completion), twenty-three Master's theses (successful completion), nineteen science studies projects (10 ECTS), ten student colloquia (5 ECTS), and eleven bachelor students supervised (10 ECTS)

2019-

Citizen Science: theory and practice (Master's level course, 10 ECTS)

2018-

Responsible research and innovation (PhD level, 2 ECTS)

2018-

Ethics and science (Master's level course, 10 ECTS)

2016-

Communicating science (Master's level course, 10 ECTS)

2016-

Responsible conduct of research (PhD level, 2 ECTC)

2015-19

History and philosophy of science (Master's level course, 5 ECTS, co-taught with colleagues at the Center for Science Studies) 

2015-17

Controversy studies (Master's level course, 10 ECTS, co-taught with Peter Danholt, Dept. of Culture and Society, AU)

2013-

Philosophy and ethics of science (Bachelor's level courses, 5 ECTS, mostly co-taught with colleagues at the Center for Science Studies, aimed at science students in agrobiology, biology, chemistry, computer science, geoscience, molecular biology, molecular medicine, and physics)

Administration

2020-

Member of Practice Committee, AU (alternate)

2019-

Member of Academic Council, AU

2019-

Member of Research Ethics Committee, AU

2017-

Chair of Expert Panel for Science Studies, The Bibliometric Research Indicator, Ministry of Science

2015-

Member of Publication Grant Committee, Aarhus University's Research Foundation

2015-

Head of center, Centre for Science Studies

2012-

Responsible for teaching, Centre for Science Studies, and member of the Teaching Committee, Dept. of Mathematics

2006-2012

Member of the Teaching Committee, Dept. of Science Studies, AU (except 2009)

2006-2008

Network administrator, Field Studies Research Network (www.fieldstudies.dk)

2003-

Member of the Board of the Danish Science Cafés (vice-chairman) (www.vcaf.dk)

2001-2008

Member of the Board of the Danish Society for History of Technology

Peer review and research assessment

2018

Assessment committee for Henrik Bach Mortensen's PhD, Aalborg University

2018

Assessment committee for Christopher Basse Eriksen's PhD, Aarhus University

2017

Assessment committee for proposals on science communication research, The Research Council of Norway

2006-

Peer reviewer for journals such as Public Understanding of ScienceMinervaJournal of Science CommunicationScience Museum Group JournalSTS EncountersIndustry and Innovation, and Energy Policy

Periods of leave

2012

14 weeks paternity leave

2008

14 weeks paternity leave

2004

14 weeks paternity leave