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Peter C. Kjærgaard

Peter C. Kjærgaard

Museum Director

  • Natural History Museum of Denmark

    Øster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 København K

    Mobile: +45 24 48 05 97

Academic positions:

  • 2015- Museum Director, the Natural History Museum of Denmark , University of Copenhagen
  • 2015- Professor of Evolutionary History, the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
  • 2013-2015 Director of Centre for Biocultural History, Aarhus University
  • 2010-2015 Professor of Evolutionary Studies, Aarhus University
  • 2009-2011 Affiliate lecturer, Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  • 2004- Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University
  • 2000-2003 Assistant Professor, Department of History of Ideas, Aarhus University
  • 2000 Lecturer, Department of History of Ideas, Aarhus University
  • 1996-2000 PhD-fellow, Department of History of Ideas, Aarhus University
  • 1996 Teaching Assistant, Department of History of Ideas, Aarhus University
  • 1996 Lecturer in history and philosophy of science, Aarhus Nursing College
  • 1994-1996 Lecturer in the history of Western culture, KaosPiloterne, Aarhus
  • 1993-1995 Student Teaching Assistant, Department of History of Ideas, Aarhus University

Fellowships:

  • 2012 Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology & Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture, UCLA
  • 2010-2011 Visiting Professor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
  • 2008-2010 Visiting Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies and Department for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Affiliated to St John's College and Wolfson College, Cambridge.
  • 2007 Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College and Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge
  • 2007 Affiliate scholar, Department for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • 2003 Visiting Fellow, Ilisimatusarfik, National University of Greenland, Nuuk
  • 1999 Associate Member, Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • 1998 Visiting Fellow, Wittgenstein Archive, University of Bergen
  • 1997 Visiting Research Scholar, History of Science, University of Oklahoma
  • 1991-1992 Visiting Student in histoire et philosophie des sciences, École normale supérieure, Paris

Selected grants and awards:

  • 2013: Aarhus University's Research Foundation: Centre for Biocultural History
  • 2013: Danish Ministiry of Education: Where do you come from?
  • 2012: Feriefonden: Meet the family, Human evolution exhibit (with Moesgaard Museum)
  • 2009: Carlsberg Foundation, Research Fellowship
  • 2009: British Council Darwin Now Networks, Theories of Human Evolution (with R. Foley, R.E. Leakey and R. Wrangham)
  • 2009: Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Network for Science, Technology, Medicine and Climate Studies
  • 2008: Carlsberg Foundation, Research Fellowship
  • 2008: Danske Banks Initiativpuljer
  • 2007: H.O. Lange Prisen 2007, National Science Communication Award (with H. Kragh, H. Nielsen and K.H. Nielsen)
  • 2007: Carlsberg Foundation, Research Fellowship
  • 2007: Danish National Science Foundation, FNU, Evolution
  • 2007: University of Aarhus, Research Focus, Network for Science, Technology and Medicine Studies
  • 2007: Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation, Darwin and Evolution, a national exhibit (with The Danish National Natural History Museum, Copenhagen)

Offices:

  • Member of the Board, GeoCenter Denmark
  • Member of the Presidium, WWF Denmark
  • Director of the Centre for Biocultural History (www.bioculture.au.dk), Aarhus University (2013-2015)
  • Director of Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies (www.darwin.au.dk), Aarhus University (2009-2013)
  • Chair of the Communication Coordination Committee, British Society for the History of Science (2006-2009)
  • Chair of the Aarhus Network for Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (www.stm.au.dk, 2007-2011)
  • Director of Darwin in Denmark (www.darwin.au.dk, 2006-2009, now Interdisciplinary Evolutionary Studies), evolution.dk (2008-) and darwinarkivet.dk (2010-)
  • Member of the Climate Panel, Aarhus University (2007-2010)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of The Coordiation Unit for Resarch in Adjusting to Climate Changes for the Danish Government (2008-)
  • Member of the Board of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities, AU (2006-2007)
  • Member of the Assessment Committee for Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, AU (2006-2007)
  • Member of the steering committee for STEP - Science and Technology on the European Periphery (2002-2008)
  • Research Director of the sub-section "Historical and comparative studies of the knowledge society", a sub-section of the AU' six research foci (2006-2008)
  • Director of Academic Forum for Studium Generale, AU (2004-)
  • Member of the Governing Board and Editor of The History of Science in Denmark (a five year research grant from the Carlsberg Foundation, 2001-2006)
  • Director of the Section for Historical Studies and member of the steering committee, Danish Research School in Philosophy, History of Ideas and History of Science (2002-)
  • Director of the Science Studies Programme, AU (2001-2005)
  • Advisory editor, History of Science (2008-)
  • Editorial Board, Aktuel Naturvidenskab (2000-)
  • Member of The Academic Committee, Folkeuniversitetet in Aarhus (2002-)
  • External Examiner in the National Corps of Physics (2000-)
  • External Examiner in the National Corps of Medicine (2006-)
  • External Examiner in the National Corps of Philosophy (2000-)

Peer review:

  • National Science Foundation (USA) Swedish Research Council (Sweden)
  • Journals: British Journal for the History of Science, Centaurus, Endeavour, History of European Ideas, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Kultur & Klasse, Notes & Records of the Royal Society, Social Science and Medicine, Slagmark: Tidsskrift for Idéhistorie, Synthese, Victorian Periodicals Review.

Membership of Professional Organisations:

  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)
  • History of Science Society (HSS)
  • Science and Technology on the European Periphery (STEP)
  • Fellow of The Learned Society, Denmark

Partnerships:

  • The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online, University of Cambridge
  • The Darwin Correspondence Project, University of Cambridge
  • The Danish National Museum of Natural History, major Darwin exhibition for 2009
  • Experimentarium, e-learning platform (computergame) on Darwin for Danish primary schools
  • Danish Science Communication, evolution
  • The Biological Society of Denmark

Meetings, seminars and lectures:

Peter C. Kjærgaard has organised more than 25 international seminars/conferences, he is a regular invited speaker and has participated in numerous international conferences at universities worldwide. He is often interviewed in the media.

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