In 2007, a number of sector research institutions were merged with Danish universities. You can read more about these mergers here. In this context, the universities were given the task to deliver a number of services to the state and other actors, known as research-based public sector services. These services can include, among other things, specific research projects, emergency services and consultancy.
For more information about research-based consultancy, please refer to
- The web site of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
- Universities Denmark’s White Paper on research-based public sector services (2009)
Universities Denmark have indicated that research-based public-sector services are subject to the same ethical and qualitative requirements that apply to any other research, and that also when performing research-based public-sector services, universities have an obligation to protect the researchers’ freedom of speech and scientific freedom, however, the public authority and the university may have to coordinate the timing of publication of consultancy results.
You can read more about this in the article on Scientific freedom here on Forskerportalen.