Two new grants from the Willum Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation will, among other things, be used to research the life cycle of galaxies - here is part of two interacting galaxies called Arp 273. (Illustration: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team / STScI / AURA)

Young DTU Space researchers are awarded new grants

Friday 29 Jan 21


Georgios Magdis
Associate Professor
DTU Space


Thomas Greve
DTU Space
+45 45 25 96 88

Research in the early universe

Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) is a Center of Excellence, funded by The Danish National Research Foundation.


DAWN is run in a partnership between DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark and the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.


The center conduct research into the early universe - formation of the first galaxies stars and black holes.



Read more about Georgios Magdis and his research here.



And about Thomas Greve and his new grant here.

DTU Space researchers Georgios Magdis and Thomas R. Greve receive a total of DKK 8.7 million. DKK for their research into galaxies, black holes and evolution of stars from the Villum Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation.

The research into understanding the universe's big questions is now being strengthened at DTU Space with two new grants from the Villum Foundation and the Carlsberg Foundation.

Researchers Georgios Magdis and Thomas R. Greve receive a total of DKK 8.7 million DKK over three years from the funds for their research. The researchers are affiliated with the Cosmic Dawn Center, which is a collaboration between DTU/DTU Space and the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.

Associate professor Georgios Magdis has received a 4 million DKK grant from the Villum Foundation for the project ‘The Hidden Cosmos; Bringing to light the agents of star formation and heavy element production in the early Universe’. The project aims to characterize the demographics and the nature of the first galaxies in the Universe and present a panoramic picture of the ‘life-cycle’ of galaxies over the last 13 billion years of cosmic history. The grant from the Villum Foundation is called Young Investigator Program Extension Grant (YIP+).

He was awarded at YIP grant in 2016 from the same foundation for the project ‘Gas to Stars, Stars to dust; tracing star formation across cosmic time’.

Associate professor Thomas R. Greve has been awarded a 4.7 million DKK grant by the Carlsberg Young Researcher program at the Carlsberg Foundation. The grant will to fund the project ‘Protoclusters and Supermassive Black Holes’. The project aims to uncover how galaxy clusters formed and evolved with cosmic time in the period one to three billion years after the Big Bang where the universe came into being (from the so called Cosmic Dawn to the Cosmic Noon). The project will also study how galaxy cluster growth might be affected by the presence of supermassive black holes.

In 2020, Thomas received another grant from the Carlsberg Foundation for the project ‘GISMO and the Greenland Telescope - A New Window to the Universe’.

News and filters

Get updated on news that match your filter.