Erik Bisgaard Madsen
Date of birth
9 February 1955
Faculty of Science
Henrik Thomsens Vej 10
Strength in strategic decisions and actions, innovation,
GCE, A level, 1974
PhD (Lic. med. vet.) 1984
BCom, financing, 1990
Postgraduate training/diploma in leadership/management:
Wharton Business School, 2004
University of Cape Town, 2007
Executive program for board members in financial institutions, Copenhagen, 2011.
Certificate from the leadership program Advanced Business Development, The Danish Centre for Leadership, 2012
Certificate from the Innovation Leadership Challenge and Stanford Innovation Program, 2013.
Certificate from the senior executive program for board members,“Board Academy” 2014.
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, January 2012-
Areas of responsibility include development and implementation of a strategy for private and public sector services, and for the faculty business and innovation strategy, industrial PhDs and postdocs, entrepeneurship, IPR, spin-outs, and public sector services.
Member of University of Copenhagen’s Research and Innovation Council.
Implementation of the faculty strategy and action plan for collaboration with private and public sectors, 2012-16, see https://www.e-pages.dk/ku/625/.
Strategic collaboration with private companies like Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Arla Foods, Grundfos, Haldor Topsoe, Carlsberg and with public sector organizations like the Ministry of the Environment and Food
Several industry-university workshops on R&I
Forming a FOOD Knowledge and Innovation Community and board member of the European Executive Board for Food NEXUS (2015-)
Organizing a university-industry study trip to R&I institutions in Israel (2015)
Development and implementation of SCIENCE stakeholder strategy (2015-)
Development and implementation of a branding project at SCIENCE (2015-)
Establishment of the Arla Research Center for Dairy Health and Nutrition (2014-)
Chairman of the faculty Working Group for Development and initiating a development strategy and action plan (2014-)
Establishment of Science Dating events (2013-)
Initiator of the newsletter “SCIENCE Business Update” (2013-).
Establishment of a group of industrial ambassadors (2013-)
Initiator of four young investigator teams with focus on training in university-industry collaboration (2013-)
Several cross-disciplinary strategic initiatives in eg. the Danish INNO+ program (2013-)
Strategic management of R&I projects as chair/vice-chair of the boards for the cross-institutional R&I platforms “BioValue” and “NEOMUNE” and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Nordic Co-location Center for the Climate KIC (2012-)
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences 2010-2011
Areas of responsibility included new strategies on PhD-education, veterinary research, professorships, external funding for research, elite-research areas, public sector services, and faculty-industry partnerships.
Member of University of Copenhagen’s Research and Innovation Council.
Chairman of the ad hoc Forest Policy Commission, under The Danish Ministry for the Environment.
Chairman for the working group “Report on strategic development of veterinary research at KU-LIFE, 2012-2016”
Strategic research contracts with big Danish companies like Novo Nordisk, Danisco, and Arla Foods.
During 2011 I was deeply engaged in the process for a merger between Faculty of Life Sciences and Faculty of Science.
DANSKE SLAGTERIER (Danish Bacon & Meat Council – DBMC)/Danish Meat Association (DMA)/Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC), 1995-2010
At first with responsibility for the department of Veterinary and Food Advisory Service, incl. research activities and veterinary health control.
Deputy CEO of the DBMC and the DMA 2005-2010.
Director of Departments for Food Safety and Politics & Communication 2006-10.
Direct responsibility for +100 employees and a budget of 140 MDKK.
Areas of responsibility included strategic planning, R&D strategy, food safety, food legislation, risk assessment, retail & foodservice, international activities, export and markets aspects. Furthermore responsible for contact to national and international authorities.
Ensuring market access via negotiations and lobbying activities in eg. Russia, US, Japan, UK and Germany.
Trouble shooting in relation to export problems.
Development of a research strategy for food safety and a priority process for research themes.
During 2005, I had a central position in merging the activities of the Danish Bacon & Meat Council, the Danish Livestock and Meat Board, and the Danish Poultry Board into the new organization Danish Meat Association (DMA).
I played a central role in the development and implementation of an entirely new strategy for the Danish Meat Association (DMA) with focus on societal acceptance, generation of knowledge for the benefit of farmers and member companies, and maximum market access.
From June 2009 I took a position as director for a new unit for food safety and veterinary issues in The Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) which was a merger of The Danish Agricultural Council, Farmers Union, Danish Dairy Board, Danish Pig Production and Danish Meat Association.
Key account management for DAFC member companies in the Danish pork industry. Development of new business plans to create value for money.
Strategy for pork related applications to the research fund “Svineafgiftsfonden”.
“Kvæggruppen”, Veterinary Counseling 1992-95
Cooperation with research institutions like the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen), the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (now the Technical University of Denmark), the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (now University of Aarhus). Arrangement of several seminars with international guest researchers. Annual turnover of 2MDKK.
Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (now Technical University of Denmark), 1985-1990
Considerable connection and cooperation with scientists from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen) and the Danish Agricultural Sciences (now university of Aarhus); also international liaison, in particular with Dutch and American scientists.
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, RVAU (now University of Copenhagen), 1982-1985
After PhD defence employed at RVAU via a grant from the Agricultural and Veterinary Board of Health. Research cooperation in particular with Danish Agricultural Sciences (now University of Aarhus) and the Danish Veterinary Institute (now the Technical University of Denmark), as well as cooperation with several international scientists.
Ansager Animal Hospital 1980-82
Development of a database-counseling system for dairy herds.
Relevant work experience
Member of the Food Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries 2001-2010
Board member of The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research 2004-2006
Board member of the board of The Technical University of Denmark 2006-2010
Chairman of the technical committee for Health, Food and Welfare (“FØSU”) under The Danish Strategic Research Council 2006-2010
Member of the Food Control Committee under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries 2006-2010.
Member of University of Copenhagen’s Research and Innovation Council, 2010-
Member of the University Forum for Public Sector Services, 2010-
Board member The Danish Centre for Advanced Food Studies 2011-12
Board member, Danish Dairy Research Foundation 2011-
Board member, FoodBEST/Foodnexus Nordic 2012-
Board member, Mobile Fitness A/S (2012).
Chairman of the faculty Working Group for Development, 2013
Chair/vicechair of the boards of the R&I platforms NEOMUNE and Bio-Value, 2013-
Board member, Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster/CLEAN, 2013-
Board member Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation, 2013-
Vice-chair, Danish Food Cluster, 2013-
Board member, BioRefining Alliance, 2014-
Board member, AgroTech Foundation, 2014-15
Member of the Steering Committee, the Nordic Co-Location Centre for the Climate KIC, 2014-
Member of the Advisory Group for external research funding, Copenhagen Business School, 2014-
Member of the Expert Panel for InnoBooster at Innovation Fund Denmark, 2015-
Member European Executive Board for Foodnexus, 2015-
Boardmember UCPH Housing Foundation, 2015-
Positions of trust
Chairman of the board of the pension fund “Pensionskassen for Jordbrugsakademikere og Dyrlæger” (2007-
Chairman of the ad hoc Committee for Forest Policy 2010-11 (Danish Ministry of the Environment).
Chairman of the board of Birkeroed Bicycle Club, 2015-
Board member, VL67 network, 2015-
Club9, CfL, The Danish Centre for Leadership (CfL), 2009-15
Chairman of the network FØSU Academy, 2010-14
ABD71, CfL, The Danish Centre for Leadership, 2012-
Leisure time sports
Biking, tennis, skiing
Blom, J.Y., Madsen, E.B., Krogh, H.V., Numbers of Airborne Bacteria and Fungi in Calf Houses, Nord. Vet.-Med., 1984, 36, 215-220
Madsen, E.B., Bisgaard, M., Mutters, R., Pedersen, K.B., Characterization of Pasteurella Species Isolated from Lungs of Calves with Pneumonia, Can. J. Comp. Med. 1985, 49, 63-67
Madsen, E.B., Nielsen, K., A Study of Tail Tip Necrosis in Young Fattening Bulls on Slatted Floors, Nord. Vet.-Med. 1985, 37, 349-357
Jørgensen, R.J., Madsen, E.B., Grønvold, J., Heje, N.-I., Akut respirationsvejslidelse blandt permanent opstaldede ungtyre, Dansk VetTidsskr., 1985, 68, 358-363
Madsen, E.B., Health aspects of welfare research in fattening cattle. In: Schlichting, M. C. & Schmidt, D. (eds.), Welfare Aspects in Housing Systems for Veal Calves and Fattening Bulls. Commission of the European Communities, Brussels, Belgium, 1987, pp. 131-138
Madsen, E.B., Thysen, I., Ingvartsen, K., Østergaard, V., Health and production of young bulls at different stocking rates on slatted floors. Report 628 (English abstract), Nat. Inst. Anim. Sci., Copenhagen, Denmark, 1987, pp. 209-218
Feenstra, A., Madsen, E.B., Friis, N.F., Meyling, A., Ahrens, P., A Field Study of Mycoplasma Bovis Infection in Cattle, J. Vet. Med., 1991, 38, 195-202
Friis, C., Erhardsen, E., Madsen, E.B., Nielsen, P, Raun, K., Respiratory tract distribution and bioavailability of spiramycin in calves, Am. J. Vet. Res., 1991, 52, 1269-1273
Madsen, E.B., Parasitforebyggelse på græs – uden medicin, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 337-339
Madsen, E.B., Krogh, K., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Hvordan ruster man sig til de nye udfordringer, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 839-840
Madsen, E.B., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Kalvesundhed, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 922-924
Madsen, E.B., Rudebeck, K., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Fordøjelses-/stofskifteproblemer, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 1086-1091
Madsen, E.B., Fokus på kvægrådgivning. Økonomisk vurdering af nøgletal, Dansk Veterinærtidsskrift, 1995, 78, 1186-1190