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Why collaborate with us?

We are keen to make our expert knowledge become available to both Danish and international companies and organizations, and invite you to explore the numerous opportunities for collaborative research projects and scientific advice. By working with us you will not only gain access to world-class researchers, you will also profit from getting access to thousands of skilled students.

Brief departmental background

The Department is an attractive partner for complex and cross-disciplinary research. The Department embraces all disciplines of biology – from the classical fields of biodiversity, ecology, cell biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology and physiology to biochemistry, protein science, social biology, neuro- and developmental biology, molecular biology, disease biology, genomics and bioinformatics. Our research programs annually attract about 175 mio. DKK in external funding, constituting about half of the annual budget.

Excellent scientific performance

The Department’s research output and performance compares to the leading international research environments according to the ’US News & World report’, ’QS World University rankings’ and ‘Leiden Ranking’. The research performance is outstanding with a high scientific output and a significantly increasing number of publications in high-impact journals. The impact per publication across different scientific fields (measured as citations normalized by the average citation number of publications in that field), is the highest at the faculty of SCIENCE, University of Copenhagen.


University ranks (European and global ranks) for the University of Copenhagen in fields covering the research areas covered by the Department of Biology for three different ranking systems.

Scientific productivity. Number of publications in different classes of scientific journals, divided according to the journal impact factor (IF), for the approx. 100 tenure track professors employed at the department.

Impact of scientific publications. The ‘field-weighted citation index’ (FWCI) based on departmental publications from 2010-2013. The FWCI can be measured three years after publication and is used to compare impact (by citation), field by field. The average is normalized to 1 for each field, to allow comparison across fields.

Educational profile

Our scientific expertise is closely integrated with our educational programs in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biomedicine and Bioinformatics, which focus on research-based teaching. Students are attracted by the combination of a vibrant atmosphere, a cross-disciplinary research environment, and an approach to education aiming for the highest experimental and theoretical levels of education.

International network

The department is international and our researchers have numerous well-established collaborative projects with researchers on all continents. Several researchers hold adjunct and visiting professorships at foreign universities (e.g. University of Oxford, UK; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; University Centre in Svalbard, Norway; College of Life Science and Technology, Wuhan, China). Our ties with major Chinese universities and research institutions have recently been expanded by the establishment of a PhD-program with BGI-Shenzhen, the world’s largest genomics research institute. A similar program has also been established with the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, Bergen, Norway.

Interaction with the private sector

We strive to exploit frontline basic research and know-how for the benefit of the society. We offer a range of collaboration models, our research infrastructure and core facilities are open for private enterprises, and the Department is currently hosting several start-up companies. The Department aims to further strengthen contacts to the private sector and has launched an initiative to actively map interest overlaps and facilitate collaboration with private sector companies. The initiative will continue into 2017.