Current projects


Public engagement with metabolic science

  • Ken Arnold (professor): Models of public engagement with science (more here)
  • Adam Bencard (associate professor): Reconfiguring aesthetics for science communication: from Baumgarten to object-oriented ontology (more here)
  • Louise Whiteley (associate professor): Experiences of hunger and disordered eating in media representations of metabolic research (more here)
  • Anette Stenslund (PhD student): Do you smell it? How the museum makes sense of a scented ambiance (more here)

The project is  headed by professor Thomas Söderqvist and funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) through Medical Museion’s participation in the NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.


Science communication and social media

  • Adrian Bertoli (PhD student): Identity formation in type-2-diabetes patients via social media (more here)

The project is funded by the Nordea-fonden through Medical Museion’s participation in the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen and by the Faculty of Health and Medical Science’s strategic research fund. The head of project is professor Thomas Söderqvist.
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Vision and touch

  • Emma Peterson (PhD student): Tactile aesthetics in museums (more here)

The project is funded by a grant from the Velux Foundation to the head of the project, associate professor Jan Eric Olsén.


The history of drug abuse

  • Jesper V. Kragh (associate professor)Opium-eaters and morphine habitués: Drug abuse in Denmark, 1870-1955 ( more here)

The project is funded by a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research in the Humanities (FKK) and the Danish Council for Independant Research in the Medical Sciences to the head of the project, associate professor Jesper V. Kragh.


Studies of Ageing

  • Morten Bülow (PhD student): A history of the concept of successful ageing within ageing research (more here)
  • Lucy Lyons (postdoc): Now I see it! Delineation as a method for public engagement (more here)

The project is funded by the Nordea Foundation via Medical Museion’s participation in the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen. Head of project is professor Thomas Söderqvist.


Human remains in museums

  • Karin Tybjerg (associate professor): Bridging anatomy and biomedicine in exhibiting human remains (more here)
  • Ion Meyer (academic conservator): Methods for the conservation of human remains (more here)

Both projects are currently financed through the basic funding to Medical Museion.


Guest researchers and emeriti projects

  • Anna Samuelson: Zoo/mbies and Nature Morte: Natural history museums 1800–2007 (more here)


Earlier projects


Biomedicine on Display (2005-2009)


The aim of the project was to provide the research basis for a renewal of the museum by developing an integrated research and curatorial programme for acquisitions and exhibitions with a focus on contemporary biomedicine:

Medical Museion is meant to be an international exemplar for how historians and curators could handle the recent biomedicical past in mutually supportive practices and within a common theoretical framework. […] The aim of this project is […] to work out a comprehensive framework for the integration of a historiographical and museological approach to recent biomedicine.

The project was supported by a major grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Core project staff

• Thomas Söderqvist, professor (principal investigator)
• Søren Bak-Jensen, ph.d., postdoc
• Susanne Bauer, ph.d., postdoc
• Sniff Andersen Nexø, ph.d., postdoc
• Jan Eric Olsén, ph.d, postdoc
• Adam Bencard, cand.mag, ph.d.-student; research assistant
• Hanne Jessen, mag.scient, ph.d.-student

Associated project members for shorter periods

• Camilla Mordhorst, ph.d., assistant professor
• Martha Fleming, ph.d., associate professor; senior exhibition curator
• Ion Meyer, cand.scient.kons., senior conservator
• Anna Sommer Møller, cand.mag., curatorial assistant
• Rikke Vindberg, cand.mag, curatorial assistant
• Jonas Paludan, cand.mag., curatorial assistant
• Morten Bülow, cand.mag., research assistant

Overview of the project chronology

The project had a slow start in 2005 until all the postdocs and PhD students had been selected and employed by 1 November 2005. Throughout 2006 and 2007, the joint activity level was very high, with regular seminars, invited guest lectures and workshops, collecting, exhibition making and a lot of travelling and conference attendance. In 2008 the project went into a article production-phase; as a result the in-house seminars and guest lectures ceased and conference travel activities decreased considerably. Finally, in 2008-2009, the group gathered around the final exhibition, Split & Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine. The project ended by 30 June 2009.


For a full list of publications from the Biomedicine on Display project, see here.

Research-based exhibitions and installations

From the beginning, exhibition making and art installations was thought of as an integral part of the curatorial dimension of the project. However, rather than producing exhibitions as a goal in itself, the main purpose of the exhibition activities was to contribute to a collective museological learning process – to reflect on how exhibitions and installations can mediate between research, acquisitioning and public outreach. In other words, the aim was to experiment with different means of expression to make contemporary biomedicine visible and familiar to a larger, general public.

For a list of exhibitions and installations made in the course of this experimental approach to exhibition making, see here.