Prestigious awards to Finland, Sweden and Denmark

03.08.2006
In this year‘s European Young Investigator Awards (EURYI) five of 25 award winners are Nordic. "To be awarded this prize is like winning a gold medal in the European track and field championship," says Pär Omling, director general of the Swedish Research Council.
"It is fantastic that two of our young researchers have had such great results in the extremely tough competition," says Omling. The winning Swedes are Anna Qvarnström, docent of zoological ecology, and Örjan Carlborg, docent at the centre of bioinformatics, both of the Uppsala University.

The Finnish winner is docent Jukka Pakkala from the faculty of theology at the University of Helsinki. He is an Old Testament expert and will use the prize money to study changes in the testament text.

The two Danes that won, are professor Jesper Grodal, from the institute of mathematics at Copenhagen University, and lector Ove Christiansen, institute of chemistry, Århus University.
"The two awards show that the talents of Danish research are part of the European elite. The personal award is also a reckognition of the quality of their respective research environments, says Danish minister of reserarch, Helge Sander.

The European Young Investigator Awards (EURYI) is organised by the European research council heads and the
European Science Foundation. This is the third time the awards will be presented. The prize provides new reesources for talented young researchers. The amount is around 1 million euro, and can be compared to the amounts of the Nobel Prizes. Most winners are between 30 and 35 years old.
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