• From left, Australian Ambassador to Denmark Damian Miller; Niels Bohr Institute director Professor Robert Krarup Feidenhans'l; UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter HøjFrom left, Australian Ambassador to Denmark Damian Miller; Niels Bohr Institute director Professor Robert Krarup Feidenhans'l; UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj

UQ strengthens physics research partnership with the University of Copenhagen

The University of Queensland has established a new institute with the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.  The Virtual Institute for Physics has been set up to promote education and applied fundamental research to further our understanding of the universe. 

The Niels Bohr Institute was founded by the eminent physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Niels Bohr, in 1921.  The Institute has produced four Nobel Laureates and has been named a Historic Site by the European Physical Society for its contribution to physics and research.

UQ astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis said the new institute would build on UQ’s longstanding links with the University of Copenhagen and would further enable cross-pollination of ideas. Professor Davis said: “The Virtual Institute for Physics builds on strong collaborations between UQ and the Niels Bohr Institute, which are both at the forefront of fundamental physics research. I’ve benefitted enormously already from my existing links with the University of Copenhagen, which, among other things, led to our discovery that supermassive black holes can be used to measure the acceleration of the universe.”

Professor Davis said the new institute would provide access to an expanded array of experiments and be a gateway to global opportunities for UQ students: “It will give students important exposure to the international research environment, and the opportunity to experience the diversity of research approaches beyond our shores. I look forward to seeing the exciting discoveries that will come out of this initiative.”

If you would like to find out more about studying at the University of Queensland you can contact a Study Options student advisor or come along to meet a university representative at one of our Open Days in November 2016.

UQ currently have a scholarship opportunity open to high-achieving students who would like to study science programmes at the University.

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