Christmas greetings from Dean Kristian Pedersen

The dean sends his video greetings to all employees wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Photo: Still from the video

Dear staff

We are approaching the end of the year. As always at this time of year, it’s both cold and dark - but it’s particularly cold this year. The year has seen several serious crises. We’ve all felt the effects of the energy crisis, both at the faculty and at home.

But I'm proud to see how everyone has worked together to reduce our energy consumption. It hasn't been easy, and I’m grateful to everyone who’s wearing extra clothes at the office, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or who has adapted their experiments to the new opening hours in our labs.

Even though I began this message by saying that it's a particularly cold time of year, we also have many reasons to be optimistic.

The opening of the CO2 Centre, new basic research centres with focus on climate change, Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard received the Kavli prize, the launch of Plant2Food and happy visitors to Mission X during the autumn holidays.

There has never been a greater need for the natural sciences and the natural science competencies of our researchers and students.

The new government has an ambition for our graduates to enter the labor market even faster. But there are also ideas that we are critical of. Although we are critical, we want to enter into the dialogue constructively and show the way that we as a faculty continue to contribute with skilled graduates and socially critical research.

Watch the video on Youtube - The video is in Danish, remember to turn on the English subtitles!

With that, I'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you in 2023!

Best regards

Kristian Pedersen
Dean, Nat