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The Carlsberg Foundation creates a new chair in neuroscience at The Queen's College

The Carlsberg Foundation and the American Pettit Foundation each donate £ 1 million for the creation of the "Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation Research Fellowship" in "Behavioural Neuroscience" at The Queen's College in Oxford. Professor Morten Kringelbach will take up the post from January 29, 2020 to lead a new interdisciplinary center focused on eudaimonia - the life well-lived.

Interdisciplinary neuroscience research at the highest academic level comprising the humanities, philosophy, social sciences, psychology, mathematics and other related disciplines is essential to developing new ground-breaking insights into human behaviour.

That is why The Queen's College, together with the Carlsberg Foundation and the Pettit Foundation, have decided to create a chair in "Behavioural Neuroscience" for Professor Morten Kringelbach, who has been appointed "Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation Senior Research Fellow" at The Queen's College, University of Oxford.

“We are very pleased that together with the Pettit Foundation and The Queen's College we can now create a special professorship for Morten Kringelbach, an outstanding researcher in behavioral neuroscience. A new and very exciting interdisciplinary research field that in the long term can give us a scientific understanding of the good and meaningful life”, says Professor Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation.

Eudaimonia research - the life well-lived

Professor Morten Kringelbach will be the head of the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, a new interdisciplinary research centre at The Queen's College, University of Oxford. Under the leadership of Professor Kringelbach, the centre will coordinate interdisciplinary research, work to create new international research networks and initiate interdisciplinary collaborations between disciplines such as neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, social sciences, physics, biology and anthropology.

"Understanding the life well-lived was one of main interests of the late Erel Shalit and requires careful interdisciplinary research at the highest international level, which has always been a hallmark of the Carlsberg Foundation. Throughout its long history, The Queen's College has supported excellent interdisciplinary research, and I am pleased and grateful that the Pettit Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation have chosen so generously to support this exciting research area”, says Morten Kringelbach.

Read more about professor Morten Kringelbach

Mentoring role for Visiting Fellows at the University of Oxford

The new center will work closely with the Danish Research Foundation's "Center for Music in the Brain" at Aarhus University, where Professor Kringelbach is also affiliated as Principal Investigator and in the long term will foster knowledge sharing between Denmark and Oxford.

Professor Morten Kringelbach will be the head of the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, a new interdisciplinary research centre at The Queen's College

As director of the centre, Morten Kringelbach will also have a mentoring role for a number of younger postdocs, who in December received a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford from the Carlsberg Foundation. These postdocs will be associated with the interdisciplinary research community at The Queen’s College and will have the opportunity to gain insight into the research activities at the centre.

“We are delighted to have succeeded in establishing an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Oxford, one of the world's best elite universities, and that Professor Morten Kringelbach will act as a “mentor” for the “Visiting Fellows” from the Carlsberg Foundation who have been given the opportunity to stay at the University of Oxford. I am also pleased that they will be associated with the interdisciplinary activities at The Queen's College”, says Flemming Besenbacher.

Read more about the postdoctoral researchers that received a Visiting Fellowship at university of Oxford from the Carlsberg Foundation

About The Queen's College, the Pettit Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation

Founded in 1341, The Queen's College is one of the oldest colleges at the University of Oxford. The Queens College has approximately 330 undergraduate students, 190 graduate students as well as 60 academic staff.

The Pettit Foundation is a private foundation in the United States whose mission is to support creative efforts to improve individual, cultural and natural life.

The Carlsberg Foundation is one of the world's oldest industrial foundations. The foundation was founded in 1876 by founder of the Carlsberg brewery Brewer J.C. Jacobsen. To this day, the Carlsberg Foundation is a controlling main shareholder in Carlsberg A / S and holds 30 percent of the shares in Carlsberg Group. The Carlsberg Foundation supports visionary and innovative international basic research in the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.



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