Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen has been Rector of Aarhus University in Denmark since 2005, as well as Vice-Chairman of the Danish Rectors’ Conference, Vice-Chairman of Universities Denmark and a Member of the Board of the European University Association and of the Nordic Universities Association. He started his career as an academic in the field of botany, and was Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Aarhus from 1976 to 1979 – a position he left to take up a professorship in Ecuador. 

In 2011 he was a speaker at the Opening Session of the Estoril Conferences (May, 4th).