Top Five Danish Scientific Moments 2015

The year 2015 was an eventful and fruitful year for Danish researchers, inventors and nature alike.

Many new discoveries have been made and several animal species – wolves, have been spotted in the Danish countryside after many years of absence.

5/ Henrik Pranov
The engineer created a special solar panel that could very well replace all open fires used for cooking in developing countries – potentially saving the lives of millions and protecting the environment.

4 Morten Stigaard Laursen
The engineer found a system that differentiates between crops and weeds and can potentially reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture by as much as 95 percent.

3/ UNESCO Heritage List
Two sites in Denmark have been added to the UNESCO Heritage List: the Moravian Church-founded hamlet of Christiansfeld in south Jutland and King Christian V’s forest in north Zealand. Zealand also got its first national park: ‘Nationalpark Skjoldungernes Land’, which is located by Roskilde Fjord.

2/ Cancer scientists
Danish scientists from the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen have reported a significant breakthrough in cancer research. Their new treatment apparently kills off about 95 percent of all cancer cells and has been successfully tested on mice.

1/ Andreas Mogensen
On September 2, Andreas Mogensen became the first Dane, and just the second Scandinavian, to enter space. The 38-year-old astronaut spent ten days on the International Space Station, conducting scientific experiments together with Kazakhstan’s Aydin Aimbetov and Russia’s Gennady Padalka.