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Executive Board New Member – Kenneth Ruud

Prof. Kenneth Ruud is a new Member of EuCheMS Executive Board. Kenneth Ruud, who will start his mandate on the 1 January 2018, was elected by EuCheMS General Assembly.

Kenneth Ruud is professor of theoretical and computational chemistry at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). He holds a PhD from the University of Oslo (1998). He is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Prof. Ruud has extensive experience in research policy, both within the field of chemistry as well as the sciences at large, at the Norwegian, Nordic and European level. He was head of the department of chemistry (UiT) 2005-2007, before he became the directory of the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence 2007-2013. He was the president of the Norwegian Chemical Society 2010-2014. He was a member of the board of the Division of Science of the Research Council of Norway 2007-2015, and he was in this period also the Norwegian representative in the Joint Committee of the Nordic Research Councils in Natural Sciences, which he chaired 2012-2015. He has been a member of the Standing Committee of the Physical and Engineering Sciences of the European Science Foundation (2007-2012). He has been a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) 2010-2016, including chairman of the access committee (2011-2012) and the Scientific Steering Committee and Board of Directors (2013-2014).

Prof. Kenneth Ruud is currently elected deputy vice-chancellor of research at UiT (2013-2021), a member of the board of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2017-2019), Norwegian representative in the COST Scientific Committee (2015-2019) and member of the Research Council of the IT4Innovation National Supercomputer Centre in the Czech Republic (2015-2019). He is also a principal investigator in the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence 2017-2027, which he will be the director of in the period 2022-2027.

As deputy vice chancellor of research as UiT, he has been particularly engaged in career development of young researchers, gender balance, and open science.