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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.

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.