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Dr. Gert Balling

MA. PhD, DIP, RTTP: (+45) 6066 7809 ___________________________________________________


2014 Impact Assessment Manager, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

2012 - 2014 Project manager of Copenhagen Spin-outs. Heading the initiative to set up sustainable biotech companies through an intensified collaboration between public and private interests in the Capital Region of Denmark 2012-2014. Partners: Research Institutions: Copenhagen University, Technical University of Denmark and hospitals in the Capital Region; Branch organisations: Danish Biotech & The Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (LIF); Innovation incubators: CAT Innovation & DTU Symbion Innovation; Research parks: Copenhagen Bio Science Park (COBIS), Scion DTU & Symbion; Seed funds: NOVO Seeds & SEED Capital. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Vækstforum and the partners involved.

2009 - 2012 Senior Adviser at the Ministry for Higher Education and Science. Co-teamleader for Commercialisation of Research at Center for Strategic Research and Growth.

2005 - 2009 Secretary General for the National Network for Technology Transfer in Denmark. The network has all Danish universities, university hospitals and national laboratories as members. Visit homepage:

2005 'Rapporteur', reflector and co-writer on the report on the international UNICEF conference"UNICEF National Commitee Volunteers: Perspectives, Practices and Potential". Rome, Italy.

2004 Invited by CERN Openlab, Geneva, Schwitzerland on the science communication for the celebration of the 50 year anniversary.

2001 - 2004 Ph.d.-student at the IT University and UCLA.

2000 - 2001 Project leader at Center for Cultural Political Studies, leading the evaluation on The Cultural Ministry's Development Fond.

1999 - 2001 External lecturer at the institute for Comparative Litterature and Modern Culture at Copenhagen University.

1998 - 1999 Secretariat director and researcher at Nordic Cultural Institute.



1999 - 2001 Part time teacher with full academic status at Institute for Modern Culture and Culture Mediation, University of Copenhagen. Teaching and tutoring at BA and MAlevel.

2003/2004 Ph.d. student at the IT University, department of Digital Aesthetics and Communication. Teaching and tutoring at BA and MA level and developed Ph.D Seminar.


External examiner:

2000 IT University, department of Digital Aesthetics and Communication.

2002 Institute for Modern Culture and Culture Mediation, University of Copenhagen.

2009 - The Danish Design School (Officially appointed)


Boards, councils etc.:

2012 Appointed as one of three international reviewers of Wallonian Universities commercialisation of research results.

2008 - 2009 Appointed by the EU Commission as independent member and rapporteur to the "Knowledge Transfer Forum Expert Group".

2008 - Appointed member of the Editorial Consultant board for

2007 - 2008 Appointed by the EU Commission as independent member and rapporteur to the "Knowledge Transfer Metrics Expert Group", dealing with monitoring of commercialization of research results in Europe.

2007 - 2008 Chairman of the Steering group for Nordic Network for Technology Transfer Report

2007 - Moderator for Nordic Network for Technology Transfer Group at Manchester University's matchmake-site for investors, universities, science parks, companies and patent agents:

2006 - Nominated as member of Editorial Consultant Board of International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. ISSN 1729-8806:

2006-2009 Member of the Board of Directors for ProTon Europe. The biggest pan-European network of Knowledge Transfer Offices linked to Public Research Organisations and Universities. List of Board Members. Portrait of Board of Directors, Vienna 2006. Personal portrait for the Board of Directors, Vienna 2006.

2002 - 2003 Appointed member of the council for the Research School in Media, Communication and Journalism.

2002 - 2003 Associated member of the research group under the FREJA programme: Cyborgs and cyberspace Between Narration and sociotechnical Reality.

2001- Chair for the Science cafés in Denmark Videnskabscaféerne i Danmark, founder of the Copenhagenschool. Receiving Danish Science Journalists' GENIUS AWARD 2004, nominated by the EU Commisionen for the Descartes award 2007. Article in the newspaper WeekendAvisen 28/11-03, eller Resumé.


Research dissimination:

2001 - Chair of the Danish Science Cafés. Joint ventures with The Ministry for Higher Education and Science, the French Embassy, British Council etc. News: Consortia partner at EUs 7th Framework Programme on activities in the Eastern and Central Europe as well as in Africa and for developing internet tools for science café use.

Have set up more than 100 events in Denmark and abroad, e.g. Japan.

For books, reports, and articles, please go to list of publications.



2013 Approved as Registered Technology Transfer Professional by Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals review panel.

2007 Receive Svend Bergsøe Foundation's Mediation Award 2006 on behalf of the Science Café. For outstanding and innovative mediation of science. Read the motivation. Read press announcement. Article in MA Magazine.

2007 Nominated as the only Danish project by the EU commision, during EU's 50 years anniversary, for the Descartes Prize on behalf of the Science Café in Copenhagen for "excellence in science communication". Nominee. Danish Press Announcement. Portrait in MA magazine (internet version). Article in the newspaper Dato.

2004 Receive the Genius Award from the Danish science journalist organisation on behalf of the Science Café. Given for outstanding and innovative mediation of science.

2004 Nominated for the Mediation Award 2004 by the IT University. Donated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

1999 2. prize in the publisher Gad's and the newspaper Berlingske Tidende's competition on dissemination of complex subjects to a broader audience.



2014 CBA, , Probana Business School. Denmark (Will be finalised by the end of 2014)

2013 Mini MBA, Probana Business School. Denmark

2004 Ph.D. at IT-University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2002 Visiting Fellow at the UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1998 Master'degree in Film & Media Science and Modern Culture from Copenhagen University.

1996/97 Studies at Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany.



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