New Deputy Director at GEUS

Published 26-06-2020

On 1st September 2020, Esben Auken takes over as a new Deputy Director at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). He leaves a job as professor at Aarhus University.

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Esben Auken is new Deputy Director at GEUS from 1st September 2020.

GEUS has hired Esben Auken as new Deputy Director. Esben Auken leaves a job as a professor at Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University, where he has been since 1998. Before that, Esben Auken worked at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

As a professor, Esben Auken was the head of a large international group of researchers focusing on hydrology and geophysics, and he has become very experienced professionally and as a manager – experiences he will bring into play in his new role at GEUS.

Esben Auken is a geologist and geophysicist and has a lot of professional experience in the field of water resources. Throughout his career he has been involved in activities within a broad range of geoscientific disciplines.

”We look forward to welcoming Esben Auken to GEUS and to working with him. With his many qualifications, Esben can contribute to heightening GEUS’ research profile and creating the framework for our new fundraising unit, which begins its work on the same day as Esben starts his new job here,” says Flemming Larsen, Managing Director at GEUS.

A familiar face at GEUS

The new Deputy Director is not a completely unknown face amongst the employees at GEUS. In his job at Aarhus University he has co-operated with different departments in GEUS, for instance on the mapping of the Danish aquifers, on the creation of the National Geophysical Database (GERDA) and recently on several projects arranged by Innovation Fund Denmark (Innovationsfonden).

”I am very much looking forward to my new job as a Deputy Director at GEUS. Geoscience has an important role in the green transition of the future and GEUS has some great skills when it comes to water, climate, energy and minerals. My great strength is water resources and the part they play in the climate agenda. Therefore, I’m very much looking forward to becoming a part of and learning from the interdisciplinarity and synergies at GEUS,” says Esben, and he adds:

”Of course I already know GEUS from previous co-operations and I have always been very impressed with the high professional level here and the successful innovative projects. GEUS is going through an exciting development with a visionary strategy and I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of that journey and a part of shaping the geological projects of the future.”

In his new role as Deputy Director, Esben Auken will primarily be attached to GEUS’ three departments with a special focus on water resources: Geochemistry, Hydrology and Groundwater and Quarternary Geology mapping. He will have offices in both Aarhus and Copenhagen.

Flemming Larsen
Managing Director
Esben Auken