'The Department Must Be Sustainable Far into the Future'
Helle Waagepetersen was appointed
'There is no doubt that the research landscape and academia are changing, and if we want to survive we need to be attentive and look at whether there is anything we can do differently. As head of
Helle Waagepetersen has always been interested in management and is propelled – both as a researcher and manager – by a wish to make a positive difference. She wants to strengthen the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology in areas such as innovation,
'The coherence of the department can be improved, just as we can improve the connection between research and education. At the same time, we must be better at selling and promoting ourselves – both as regards research and study programmes. And we must be good at telling the outside world how we contribute to society, both with regard to education, research and innovation', she says.
Time to Develop the Pharmaceutical Area
In 2012 the Faculty of Pharmacology and SUND merged, and the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology was established. The past five years the department and the other newly established departments, including the Department of Pharmacy, have probably been busy finding their identity at SUND. But according to Helle Waagepetersen, now it is time to work closer together and develop the pharmaceutical area together.
'We must make the pharmaceutical area strong for the future, and
Helle Waagepetersen, aged 46, holds an MSc (