Do you want to take part in setting the overall strategic direction of Danish Data Science Academy? Then you now have the opportunity to nominate yourself for the Board of Directors at Danish Data Science Academy! By joining our board you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Danish data science community!

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What is the DDSA Board of Directors?

The DDSA Board of Directors (BoD) consists of 7 members, and 2 seats are now open for nomination, with effect from August 2024. The BoD composition from August 2024 is:

    • Chair Lars Kai Hansen, Technical University of Denmark, Professor and Section Head at Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science 
    • Vice-Chair Anders Krogh, University of Copenhagen, Professor at Department of Computer Science and Head of Health Data Science 
    • Member Ira Assent, Aarhus University, Professor at the Department of Computer Science 
    • Member Claudio Pica, University of Southern Denmark, Professor and Head of SDU eScience Centre at Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 
    • Member Carsten Utoft Niemann, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Clinical Associate Professor and Head of CLL Lab at Department of Haematology 
    • New member – The Chair of our Advisory Panel 
    • New member 

Further, the Chairs of our Young Academy Panel (YAP), Education and Networking Committee (ENC), and Fellowship Evaluation Committee (FEC) are invited to most BoD meetings as non-voting members. The Chairs are appointed by the Board of Directors.

What can You Expect as a Member of the Board of Directors?

The BoD meets 4 times per year, 1-2 of these as physical meetings, the remaining virtual. Ad hoc meetings may occur. We strive to take the transport time of members from all parts of Denmark into account when placing physical meetings.  

DDSA will reimburse transport costs for your attendance in Board meetings.  

A Board member can still apply for DDSA grants. The Board works in accordance with DDSA Conflicts of Interest.

As a Board member you will be invited into a great network of like-minded peers within Danish data science. You are also invited to DDSA’s annual conferences and other major events free of charge. 

The appointment period is from August 2024 until December 2026.

Who can be Nominated for the DDSA Board of Directors?

We welcome nominations

  • where the nominee has data science as a central component of their current position or education
  • from all sectors, including universities, organisations, corporate, and public sector
  • where the nominee is employed or studying in Denmark

How do I Nominate?

If you meet the above criteria, we warmly welcome you to submit your nomination, including a CV and a brief motivation. You may also attach one ‘letter of support’, but this is not a requirement.

We welcome nominations to more than one of our governing bodies if you meet the criteria for each of them, however, you can only be appointed to one. 


Evaluation Criteria

In the assessment and nomination of new members Danish Data Science Academy emphasizes:  

  • the nominee’s ability to contribute to Board of Director’s responsibilities. Therefore, motivation, expertise, and relevant experience is essential 
  • diversity with respect to e.g., data science field, specialization, regional representation, sector, seniority, and gender


If you have questions, do not miss out on our ‘Join DDSA – virtual Q&A’ where members from our current governing bodies and Managing Director Sofie Castella will provide a general intro to Danish Data Science Academy and answer any questions you may have!

Join DDSA – virtual Q&A
March 6 @13:30 – 14:30 Join
March 18 @13:00 – 14:00 Join

You are also always welcome to contact us at secretariat@ddsa.dk

The Nomination Process

April 1 2024

Deadline for nominations

June 2024

Announcement of the new DDSA Board of Directors appointed by the current DDSA Board of Directors 

August 2024

The new DDSA Board of Directors enters into force, and runs until December 2026