Jørgen E. Olesen

Jørgen E. Olesen

Scientific degrees
M.Sc. in agriculture from Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL)

Scientific positions

  • 1983-1986 Scientist, Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Science, Agrometeorological Service
  • 1986-1991 Head of department, Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Science
  • 1991-1994 Scientist and senior researcher, Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Science
  • 1994-2003 Head of research group on Crop Production, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences
  • 2003- Professor in climate change and agriculture, Aarhus University
  • 2010- Head of research group on Climate and Water, Aarhus University
  • 2011- Adjunct professor at University of Copenhagen
  • 2012- Affiliated teacher and researcher at Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research
  • 2015- Adjunct professor at Ganzu Agricultural University, China

Research areas, management, education and policy support

He has a very broad experience on the interaction between agricultural (and agroecosystem) activi-ties and the environment. This involves both the effect of agriculture on environment and the effect of environmental change on agroecosystems. He also has an extensive and broad network in Europe and elsewhere related to this. Some of the experiences also cover semi-managed ecosystems.

He was involved in initiating Danish research on agrometeorology. He has lead several interdisci-plinary projects, including projects on integrated wheat production, application of remote sensing and GIS in agriculture, development of a whole-farm simulation model, and several projects on or-ganic farming and reduced tillage. He has participated in more than 10 EU projects and concerted actions on the effect of climate change on agriculture and on greenhouse gas emissions from agricul-tural activities. He is currently project leader of two national research projects and participates in several other national and international projects.

He is currently teacher on several BSc and MSc courses at Aarhus University and responsible for one MSc course (10 ECTS) at Aarhus University, and participates in teaching at SinoDanish Univer-sity in Beijing. Currently supervisor for 7 PhD and two Post Doc students. Invited speak-er/participant at >50 international scientific meetings.

He has participated in several governmental committees on reduction of greenhouse gas emis-sions from agriculture, adaptation to climate change, integrated crop management, and reduced till-age practices. He has contributed in expert panels of the EU and The World Bank, and he has and ongoing collaboration with FAO. He has also contributed as an author to the third IPCC assessment report and as a lead author for the IPCC fourth assessment report, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was member of the Commission on Climate Change Policy under the Danish Min-istry of Climate and Energy, member of the Commission on Nature and Agriculture, and he has also been member of the Danish Council on Ethics. He is chairman of the food and bioenergy group of the CONCITO think tank. Responsible for coordinating policy support at Aarhus University on is-sues within climate and natural resources.


He has published 236 papers in international scientific journals and book chapters with peer review, 231 papers at conferences, 90 in reports, and 159 in technical letters and popular science papers. The peer reviewed journal papers have been cited 5453 times (ISI) giving a h-index of 41.