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Penkowa loses prize, uni to pay the bill

University of Copenhagen will be forced to pay DKK 200,000 back, as Minister retracts Milena Penkowa prize

Minister of Science Charlotte Sahl-Madsen has retracted the prestigious elite scientist EliteForsk prize from Milena Penkowa.

Penkowa should not be a role model for research after being convicted of forgery and fraud, the minister explains in the release. Penkowa defrauded the Danish Society for Neuroscience and subsequently made false accusations against a student assistant.

The prize was awarded to Penkowa in 2009.

Can’t get money back from Penkowa

The EliteForsk prize was DKK 1.1 million, with DKK 900,000 earmarked to research and DKK 200,000 as a personal gift.

The University of Copenhagen has documented that the DKK 900,000 went to research, and will refund the DKK 200,000 kroner back to the Ministry.

»As I have understood it, there is no possibility of getting the money back from Penkowa«, says University of Copenhagen chairman of the Board of Executives, Nils Strandberg Pedersen to news agency Ritzau.

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