New acting Head of Department at the Department of Agroecology

Jørgen E. Olesen has been appointed acting Head of Department at the Department of Agroecology.

Jørgen E. Olesen is one of Denmark's most recognized climate scientists, and he is also Professor, Section Manager for Climate and Water and most recently acting Head of Department at the Institute of Agroecology. Throughout his career, Jørgen E. Olesen has been concerned with the interaction between agriculture and climate, and in particular how climate changes are handled.

Jørgen E. Olesen started his career at the Statens Planteavlsforsøg in 1983 on agricultural meteorology and in 1991 he became head of a multidisciplinary project concerning winter wheat. This gave him a substantial knowledge on the importance of the climate within crop production. Since then, climate change has become a more and more permanent part of Jørgen E. Olesen's job, and he is one of the most recognized researchers in climate and agriculture in Europe and globally.

"What I am known for in environmental and agricultural circles is a nuanced angle on the interaction between agriculture, environment and climate," he says. And there is a long list of facts about Jørgen E. Olesen that justifies this:

  • He has been a member of the UN Climate Panel, the IPCC, and was therefore part of the research team that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
  • He is a former member of the Climate Commission, Natur- og Landbrugskommissionen and the Danish Council on Ethics.
  • He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen, China Agricultural University and Ganzu Agricultural University (China).
  • He is a research fellow at the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (Beijing, China) and the Global Change Research Institute (Brno, Czech Republic).
  • He has held advisory duties for both the World Bank and the FAO.
  • He is the current chairman of the agricultural and food group the green think tank CONCITO.
  • He has a leadership role in AU's iCLIMATE center.
  • He is a member of several advisory committees on agriculture, climate and sustainability research at both European and Danish levels, including the FACCE Scientific Advisory Board, Innovationsfondens Klimapanel and the L & F's Advisory Board.

According to Clarivate Jørgen E. Olesen, among the world's 6,000 best cited researchers. In addition, he is known for having a strong and credible voice in the Danish debate on agriculture, climate and sustainability, and he has extensive experience in being in the media spotlight.

“It has given me a great deal of robustness and experience, which I believe can benefit the institute and its employees in the current situation. My experience shows me that with professionalism, honesty, credibility and good communication you also win public opinion. I look forward to the many tasks that come with the job as acting Head of Department,” he says.

Jørgen E. Olesen is Head of Department until 31 March 2020, after which a new Head of Department for the Department of Agroecology will be found.


For more information contact

Acting Head of Department Jørgen E. Olesen, Department of Agroecology, mail: jeo@agro.au.dk , telephone: 40821659