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Johannes promoted to professor

Johannes Rousk has been promoted to Professor of Soil Microbiology.
“It is exciting. It is a confirmation that what I have done and am doing is positive and appreciated”, he says.
A man with a hat on his knees in the forest.
Johannes Rousk on a field work trip to Abisko in northern Sweden. Photo: Kathrin Rousk

It took approximately eight months from application to decision; however, all of a sudden a vice-chancellor’s decision that Johannes Rousk had been promoted to professor turned up. Everything still feels new, he says, and there have not been any major celebrations. Partly due to the coronavirus and partly because not many people know about his promotion. Those who do have congratulated him and he has celebrated at home with his wife, Kathrin Rousk.

“I would like to celebrate with my family as well. With my parents and my brother and his family. They are not academics and they are very proud”, he says.

For his research, the title of professor provides a form of future proofing that increases security, Johannes Rousk points out. There will be an increase in funding from the department and there may be increased opportunities for consolidator grants.

“It allows you to look up and look further into the future. The research team may grow”, he says.

He was already interested in life in the ground back in upper secondary school. Today, Johannes Rousk has no problems formulating the aim of his research: to find the answer to how microorganisms in the soil regulate global carbon and nutrient cycles. Together with his research team, he studies how soil microbes affect carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. The research links in with climate issues such as global warming and drought.  

In 2017, Johannes Rousk was appointed a Wallenberg Academy Fellow.

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