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2020.01.07 | Science and Technology, Public / media

Welcome to two new faculties

1 January 2020 marks the start of two new faculties at Aarhus University. From this date, Aarhus University will consist of five faculties in total, when the faculty of Science and Technology is divided into the Faculty of Technical Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

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2019.12.19 | Staff, Public / media

VILLUM Investigators celebrated at AIAS

Yesterday, Aarhus University and Faculty of Science and Technology celebrated five new VILLUM Investigators at AIAS.

Illustration of the idea behind BIOMAP. Cable bacteria transport electrons over centimeter distances, connecting a sulfide oxidizing reaction with an oxygen reducing reaction, which results in electric potential differences in the environment. This has been shown in sea and lake sediment, and if cable bacteria in a similar way connect the chemical energy in a patch of soil pollution with the oxygen in the soil above, electric potential differences can be detected on the soil surface. This idea is supported by pilot experiments and the BIOMAP consortium will turn the idea into a new cheap and non-intrusive method for soil pollution mapping. (Illustration: Lars Riis Damgaard)

2019.12.19 | Public / media, Staff

Electric bacteria will show the way to soil contamination

In a new collaborative project called BIOMAP, researchers, the business community and government agencies and institutions will utilize electrical signals from soil bacteria to map soil-contaminated sites in Denmark. The Innovation Fund Denmark has invested nearly 12 million DKK in the project, which is intended to make mapping of soil…

2019.12.18 | Public / media

New platform to help SMEs get started with cyber-physical systems

Small and medium-sized enterprises need better opportunities to exploit the benefits of computer-based models for cyber-physical systems. This is the objective of a new, large-scale, pan-European development project headed by the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University.

Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal from the Department of Chemistry has received DKK 16.3 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for a new research infrastructure. (Photo: AU)

2019.12.19 | Public / media, Staff

Aarhus researcher will look deeper into bones

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has just granted a total of DKK 75 million (EUR 10 million) to projects that can strengthen the infrastructure in Danish research. At Aarhus University, Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal has received a total of DKK 16.3 million (EUR 2.2 million) for his Aarhus X-ray Imaging Alliance – AXIA project. The ambition of the…

Associate Professor Thomas Bjørnskov Poulsen from the Department of Chemistry today received an ERC Consolidator Grant for his Recypion project. (Photo: AU Photo)

2019.12.11 | Public / media, Staff

ERC grant winner aims to develop substances with antibiotic effects

Today, the European Research Council (ERC) is awarding a total of EUR 600 million to 301 top researchers throughout Europe. One of them is Associate Professor Thomas Poulsen from the Department of Chemistry, who has received an ERC Consolidator Grant of DKK 15 million (EUR 2 million) for his Recypion project.

Michelle Williams will head the new joint research infrastructure FOODHAY. Photo: AU

2019.12.09 | Public / media, Staff

DKK 103 million to pave the way for future food research

A group of Danish universities and companies are working together to set up a joint high-tech laboratory centre, FOODHAY, which aims to develop healthier, more sustainable foods and reduce food waste. FOODHAY is an important step towards greener food, says the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, whose ministry…

This cabbage field at Aarstiderne is just one of the sites for intense research into the sustainable cultivation methods of the future. Here, Associate Professor Hanne Lakkenborg Kristensen and Svend Daverkosen, head of agricultural and environmental management at Aarstiderne are hard at work. Photo: Dorthe Lundh

2019.12.09 | Public / media

From cutlets to cabbage – the route to greener food production

Replacing meat with vegetables on our plates entails more than just changing habits. The transition also requires new knowledge about sustainable cultivation methods on fields. The Department of Food Science is researching how vegetable growers can keep up with increasing demand, with the least possible impact on the environment. Find out more in…

Eskild Holm Nielsen to become Dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University.

2019.12.03 | Public / media, Staff

Dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences at Aarhus University

Eskild Holm Nielsen has been selected as dean of the new Faculty of Technical Sciences. Nielsen comes to AU from a position as head of innovation at Aalborg University Hospital.