Chair (2014-2017), Member of MC, Member of WG1

Expertise relevant to the Targeted Network

Jan Andersen is Chief Executive Advisor, with a background in Computer Science and Danish Language He has been working with the University of Copenhagen since 1994. He was responsible for the University’s involvement in Copenhagen Research Forum 2011-2013. He was involved in building up three very successful research support units. His focus is on the balance between the research level, strategic policy level and the administrative level. In this capacity he advised the Rectors and Deans of the University of Copenhagen and the former Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. He was working with the merger of academics and was heavily involved in the cross faculty follow-up of the merger. He was member of the Advisory Board of LINK2US and BILAT projects, and was Head of the Nordic Association of University Administrators Working Group for Research Administrators and Industrial Liaison Officers. Jan Andersen is an expert on the EU framework, hereunder the Horizon 2020. In this capacity a strong European and global network of colleagues and business partners is built up. Jan Andersen was elected Chairman for the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators 2010-2013. 



With over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The purpose of the University, established in 1479 – to quote the University Statute – is to ’conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic level’.

The motivational force of the University's research activities is financially and politically independent, i.e. free basic research; however, specific collaborative endeavours with other institutions and companies also have a place among the countless research activities. The dissemination of knowledge and findings to other research environments and the general public is a natural element of the University's research efforts.

The diversity of academic environments and scientific approaches is the University of Copenhagen's distinguishing feature and strength. Within the shared framework, the University is divided into six academic fields referred to as faculties. The faculties are further divided into departments and institutes acting as the primary workplace for the University's researchers. The University is also home to a number of centres, interdisciplinary projects and other units typically focusing their work on research in more specific academic areas.

Research administration is taking place from the individual researcher and his team, over departments and faculties, and a central EU-Office administring EU-projects.


Education/Professional Career


Philosophy- and Computer Science studies at University of Copenhagen


B.A. Roskilde University Center, Danish Language and Computer Science
1995:Cand.Mag (M.A.) Roskilde University Center, Danish Language and Computer Science
1994-1999:Head of Section, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
1999-2004:Project Manager, Rectors Office, University of Copenhagen
2004-2005:Senior Executive Advisor, Rectors Office, University of Copenhagen
2005-2006:Senior Executive Advisor, the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Research and Innovation Office
2006-2007:Senior Executive Advisor, Merger Secretariat University of Copenhagen
2007-2011:Chief Executive Advisor, Research and Innovation, Faculty of Life Science, University of Copenhagen
since 2011:Chief Executive Advisor, SCIENCE Research and Innovation Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen