International Fellowship Program Launched

New International Fellowship Program

A newly launched international fellowship program is set to facilitate research projects at the intersection of the agricultural and energy sectors, where the potential for new green solutions is great. The program is operated out of GreenLab in Skive in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), co-financed by the VILLUM FONDEN, and includes Aarhus University and DTU as academic partners.

Many of the green solutions of the future are to be found in the interplay between the agricultural and energy sectors, where there is a great potential for the development of new technologies, utilisation of Power-to-X, and production of green fuels.

That is why a new international, two-year fellowship program now has been launched to support interdisciplinary research in this area. The framework for the program is GreenLab's research platform, known for its practice-oriented and mission-driven research that connects top researchers with ambitious green companies. Here, four researchers will investigate how to best combine the agricultural sector's resources with the technological possibilities of the energy sector. Aarhus University and DTU are the academic hosts for the program's researchers, with funding provided by the VILLUM FOUNDATION.

A New Selection Process for a New Type of Program
GreenLab facilitates interdisciplinary research projects, where diverse professional competencies view a problem from different angles. Only in this way can so-called "wicked problems" be solved – that is, problems that are complex, systemic, and global, such as the path towards green transition of industry. This requires a new approach to conducting research, and therefore, a new way to select researchers. "It is important for us that the selected researchers can work together as an ambitious team within some quite flexible frameworks," says Ebbe Kruse Vestergaard, Research Director at GreenLab. "We received 21 applications from many parts of the world and conducted group interviews with selected candidates, a new approach for us, before identifying the final four. We placed a lot of emphasis on the motivation to move beyond the laboratories and into a reality where one can see the green transition happening right outside the windows. And it was very important for us to end up with a diverse group with a broad range of expertise and good collaboration skills," he continues.

A Chemical Engineer, an Energy Technologist, a Specialist in Energy Models, and an Environmental and Resource Engineer
The wide range of expertise is ensured with the four researchers who together will define the fellowship. Herald Wilson Ambrose, Alberto Alamia, Tao Jiang, and Bilal Siddique Khan come from different parts of the world and hold university degrees from countries like India, Australia, Sweden, USA, and Denmark. They all work at the interface between energy, chemistry, environment, economics, and resources, but all from their unique perspectives. Together, they will start defining the challenges and issues they will work on within the overarching theme “Energy-Agricultural Nexus”, and they all look forward to it. "I am passionate about finding sustainable solutions to environmental and energy problems. As a GreenLab fellow, I look forward to utilizing the multidisciplinary environment with industrial partners and scientists to foster a holistic problem-solving approach to achieve green transition and circular bioeconomy," says Herald Wilson Ambrose. Alberto Alamia adds: "GreenLab’s innovative approach to the challenges of the green transition resonates deeply with my research interests. I recognize the importance of establishing energy hubs based on local agricultural resources, creating cost-effective solutions and tackling emission in both the agriculture and the energy sectors".

The four researchers are expected to work from GreenLab 2-3 times a month. The rest of the time, they will be at either AU or DTU.

From left: Bilal Siddique Khan, Tao Jiang, Herald Wilson and Alberto Alamia

Facts about the Four Researchers

Herald Wilson Ambrose: Postdoc, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, AU. PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India), and Curtin University (Australia).

Alberto Alamia: Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, AU. Ph.D. in Energy Technology from Chalmers University.

Tao Jiang: Ph.D. Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering, DTU Sustain.

Bilal Siddique Khan: PhD, Department of Technology, Management, and Economics – DTU Management, in collaboration with Stanford University. Master's degree in Energy from Smart Cities at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH).


For further information, contact Ebbe Kruse Vestergaard, Research Director, GreenLab. Email: Tel.: +45 6084 6682.