Bente Merete Stallknecht

Bente Merete Stallknecht


  • Prorector for Education from 1 August 2018.
  • Deputy for Rector and part of the University’s top management.
  • Responsible for university strategies on e.g. climate/sustainability, diversity/equality, career paths for scientific staff and digitalization of educations.
  • Member of the Copenhagen Business Council.
  • Member of the board at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2021.
  • Professor at UCPH, leads the research group Act4Life and Affiliate Professor at Deakin University, Australia.
  • Member of the high-level Scientific Panel for Health, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, 2014-20.
  • Head of Department of Biomedical Sciences, UCPH, 2015-2018.
  • UCPH Head of Studies for the Biomedical Engineering programme 2007-15.
  • Member of the Study Board for Public Health Sciences 2002-07 and Course Manager of ‘Human Biology and Diseases’ 2002-15.
  • Main research area is health-enhancing physical activity.
  • Co-author of 100+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on physical activity, obesity and metabolism.
  • Supervised and assessed 100+ Bachelor, Master and PhD students.


Primary fields of research

Main research area is health-enhancing physical activity. The vision is to prevent inactivity-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The mission is based on thorough pathophysiological and interdisciplinary research to develop valid and robust strategies promoting health-enhancing physical activity in different domains of everyday life. Have (co-)directed a number of major research projects involving physical activity/inactivity interventions, including ‘Bed rest’, ‘Training per se’, FINE, ‘Governing Obesity’, GO-ACTIWE, ‘Copenhagen women study – menopause’ and FitMum.

Possible conflicts of interest

Hold no shares and have no financial interests, e.g. shared IPR, in any private enterprise. Have no board memberships in commercial enterprises, political parties, religious organisations, NGOs or other interest organisations.

  • Academic supervisor for two industrial PhD students at Novo Nordisk

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Healthy Weight Loss Maintenance with Exercise, Liraglutide, or Both Combined

    Lundgren, Julie Rehné, Janus, Charlotte, Jensen, Simon Birk Kjær, Juhl, Christian Rimer, Olsen, L. M., Christensen, R. M., Svane, M. S., Bandholm, Thomas Quaade, Bojsen-Møller, K. N., Blond, M. B., Jensen, Jens-Erik Beck, Stallknecht, Bente Merete, Holst, Jens Juul, Madsbad, Sten & Torekov, Signe Sørensen, 6 May 2021, In: New England Journal of Medicine. 384, p. 1719-1730 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Overcoming fragmentation of health research in Europe: lessons from COVID-19

    Sipido, K. R., Antoñanzas, F., Celis, J., Degos, L., Frackowiak, R., Fuster, V., Ganten, D., Gay, S., Hofstraat, H., Holgate, S. T., Krestin, G., Manns, M., Meunier, F., Oertel, W., Palkonen, S., Pavalkis, D., Rübsamen-Schaeff, H., Smith, U., Stallknecht, Bente Merete & Zima, T., 2020, In: The Lancet. 395, 10242, p. 1970-1971 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    How does 6 months of active bike commuting or leisure-time exercise affect insulin sensitivity, cardiorespiratory fitness and intra-abdominal fat? A randomised controlled trial in individuals with overweight and obesity

    Blond, M. B., Rosenkilde, M., Gram, A. S., Tindborg, M., Christensen, A. N., Quist, J. S. & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, Sep 2019, In: British Journal of Sports Medicine. 53, 18, p. 1183-1192

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Effects of active commuting and leisure-time exercise on fat loss in women and men with overweight and obesity: a randomized controlled trial

    Quist, J. S., Rosenkilde, M., Petersen, M. B., Gram, A. S., Sjödin, Anders Mikael & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, 2018, In: International Journal of Obesity. 42, p. 469-478 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Effects of menopause and high-intensity training on insulin sensitivity and muscle metabolism

    Mandrup, C. M., Egelund, J., Nyberg, M. P., Enevoldsen, L. H., Kjær, Andreas, Clemmensen, Andreas Høeg, Nymark Christensen, A., Suetta, Charlotte, Frikke-Schmidt, Ruth, Enggaard Steenberg, D., Wojtaszewski, Jørgen F P, Hellsten, Ylva & Stallknecht, Bente Merete, 2018, In: Menopause . 25, 2, p. 165-175 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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