Aalborg University appoints high profile professor to head new biocenter  

2008.04.08
Aalborg University has appointed Professor Birgitte Ahring to head the establishment of a new Center for Bioproducts and Sustainable Bioenergy
Aalborg University in northern Jutland has appointed the internationally known Danish microbiologist , Professor Birgitte Ahring, formerly director of the Technical University of Denmark's department for Bioscience and Technology, to head the establishment of a new Center for Bioproducts and Sustainable Bioenergy. Professor Ahring is also to become the director of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy at Washington State University in the US.
 
"With the appointment of Birgitte Ahring we have gained an opportunity to significantly strengthen our efforts in biotechnology and second generation biofuels," Frede Blaabjerg, head of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Medicine at Aalborg University, said in a press release." Birgitte is a reputed researcher internationally, and with her as the focal point for building the new centre, we have chosen to concentrate more on this area."
 
Aalborg University expects to enter an international collaboration agreement in June with Washington State University. Rector Vicky L. Carwein of Washington State University says in a press release: "We look forward to future collaborations with Aalborg University as a result of Birgitte Ahring's new appointment as head of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy at Washington State University and the recently opened Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at our Tri-Cities Campus in Richland."
 
The aim of the Center for Bioproducts and Sustainable Bioenergy at Aalborg University is to strengthen teaching in this subject area and create research at a high international level together with leading research environments worldwide. The centre, which will be inaugurated in June, will collaborate with associated research groups based at Aalborg University's locations in Ballerup and Esbjerg.
 
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