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Reintroduction of beavers was carried out as a rewilding project in Klosterhede Plantage. An international research team now proposes guidelines for how citizens should be involved in the planning of rewilding. Photo: Jens-Christian Svenning, AU
Jens-Christian Svenning and a capybara in the Argentine Esteros del Ibera region, where he leads a research project (primarily financed by the Carlsberg Foundation and the VILLUM Foundation) for rewilding the ecosystem. Photo: Else Magård, AU
The three-dimensional model developed by scientists to illustrate the state of ecosystems before (the red triangle) and after a rewilding action (the yellow triangle). The three axes represent the three core processes of rewilding, each affecting each other. The dotted lines around the yellow triangle indicate the social boundaries of how far one can go with rewilding. Graphics: Laetitia M. Navarro, Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
rewilding effort in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, society has followed a paradigm of minimal to no intervention. The area is considered one of the most iconic natural experiments on rewilding in recent history. The photo is taken with a camera trap. Photo: Chornobyl Center, Ukraine

2019.04.28 | Public / media, Research, Press release

How to make wild and autonomous nature

An international team of researchers have worked to clarify what rewilding actually is, and how best to design and implement rewilding as a practical tool to reverse the global losses of biodiversity.

Poul Nissen (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen/AU)

2019.04.25 | Public / media, Staff

Poul Nissen receives EUR 1.34 million to study the insulin receptor

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded Professor Poul Nissen a five-year grant in the form of a so-called "NNF Distinguished Investigator 2019 grant" within "Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine", which is given to researchers who have shown their ability to carry out and lead research at the very highest international level.

2019.04.23 | Public / media

Researchers reveal how bacteria can adapt to resist treatment by antibiotics

In a joint collaboration, researchers from Denmark and Switzerland have shown that bacteria produce a specific stress molecule, divide more slowly, and thus save energy when they are exposed to antibiotics. The new knowledge is expected to form the basis for development of a new type of antibiotics.

Structure of the calciumpump highlighting where the minor (blue spheres) and major (red spheres) differences between calciumpumps are located in the structure. With this knowledge it is possible to target specific pumps.

2019.04.11 | Public / media

New insights into calcium transport may help develop new drugs

A normal function of the heart and nerve system is, among other things, dependent on proper regulation of calcium in the cells. This process depends on the proper functioning of the calcium pump. New studies of the calcium pump structure give new insight into this process, which may help with the development of new drugs for treatment such as…

As well as being Denmark's first centre for digital twins, the centre is also one of the world's first attempts to work academically on the topic in a research context. Here part of the engineering campus at Aarhus University. Photo: AU Foto.

2019.04.08 | Public / media

Aarhus University opens Denmark's first Centre for Digital Twins

With a donation of more than DKK 12 million from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University is opening the doors to a new centre for long-term research into digital real-time models of cyber-physical systems -so-called digital twins.

Bo Brummerstedt Iversen from the Department of Chemistry is receiving DKK 39.8 mill. (EUR 5.3 mill.) to develop dynamic crystallography. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.
Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen from the Department of Chemistry is receiving DKK 39.9 mill. (EUR 5.3 mill.) for green catalysis. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.
Professor Henrik Stapelfeldt from the Department of Chemistry is receiving DKK 30.2 mill. (EUR 4 mill) to film the atoms in molecules during chemical reactions. Photo: Lise Balsby.
Professor Lars Birkedal from the Department of Computer Science is receiving DKK 35.4 mill. (EUR 4.72 mill.) to set up a centre for basic research into programme verification. Photo: AU
Professor Yong P. Chen is offered DKK 40 mill (EUR 5,36) to experiment with hybrid quantum materials. Photo: Purdue University

2019.04.05 | Public / media, Staff

Villum Foundation to donate DKK 185 mill. to research at Aarhus University

Five professors in computer science, chemistry and physics have been selected as Villum Investigators, and each will receive between DKK 30 and 40 mill. (EUR 4 - 5.4 mill.) for their research over the next six years.