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Peter Teglberg Madsen receives the Elite Research Prize of DKK 1.2 million. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard

2019.03.11 | Public / media, Staff

Peter Teglberg Madsen awarded Elite Research Prize

On 28 February, Professor Peter Teglberg Madsen from the Department of Bioscience received the Elite Research Prize at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen. At the same time, PhD student Kristian Knakkergaard Nielsen from the Department of Physics and Astronomy received a travel grant.

The methane content of cow burps can be reduced and the cows' feed efficiency improved at the same time with targeted breeding. Photo: Jesper Rais

2019.02.28 | Public / media

Both the climate and farm economy can come out on top

With the aid of low-cost, high-capacity recording methods, dairy cattle farmers can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that their cows burp while at the same time improving the animals’ feed efficiency.

A new study from Aarhus University shows that children who grow up surrounded by low amounts of green space have up to 55% higher risk of developing a mental disorder later in life. According to the researchers, integration of green space in urban planning is important to ensure green and healthy cities for the future generations. Model photo: Colourbox.dk.

2019.02.25 | Public / media

Being surrounded by green space in childhood may improve mental health of adults

Children who grow up without green surroundings have up to 55% higher risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University, emphasizing the need for designing green and healthy cities for the future.

Lars Henrik Andersen, professor and former department head, will become acting dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2019.02.08 | Staff, Public / media

Lars Henrik Andersen has been named acting dean of ST

Lars Henrik Andersen, professor and former department head, will become acting dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology when Niels Christian Nielsen steps down on 15 February. He will be responsible for managing the faculty throughout the process leading up to its possible split-up.

The tachinid fly (Phasia hemiptera). Photo: Ole Martin
Four-banded longhorn beetle (Leptura quadrifasciata). Photo: Ole Martin
The butterfly European skipper (Thymelicus lineola). Photo: Ole Martin

2019.02.08 | Public / media

DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors

Researchers from Aarhus University have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. This newly developed eDNA method holds a vast potential for documenting unknown insect-plant interactions, keeping track of endangered pollinators, such as wild bees and butterflies, as well as in the management of unwanted pest…

The new project has partners from all over Europe, and senior researcher Claus Grøn Sørensen anticipates, the project will contribute to fewer foreign agents in organic farming. Photo: Peer Klercke.

2019.02.28 | Consultancy, Public / media

Millions for purely organic

It may well be a nice idea to buy organic, but you can never be sure that the products you buy really are 100% organic. A major new EU project is tackling this problem by making organic farms more organic.

Dean Niels Christian Nielsen stresses that the university is playing an important role in work on the UN SDGs. (AU Photo)
There was a full House at the "Partnerships for a Sustainable Future” conference held in the Main Hall at Aarhus University (AU photo)
Partnerships for a Sustainable Future (AU Photo)

2019.02.06 | Public / media, Staff

Focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Research and education at Science and Technology point directly towards the themes in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This enables the faculty to play a key role in developing solutions to major global challenges. How the university supports the SDGs and sustainability is therefore a very important focal point.

The Carlsberg Foundation grants DKK 200 million to new Semper Ardens projects. Graphics: Carlsbergfondet
Professor Jeffrey S. Hangst, Department of Physics and Astronomy, receives 20.1 million DKK. Photo: Aarhus University
Professor Thomas Pohl, Department of Physics and Astronomy, receives 15.2 million DKK. Photo: Aarhus University
Professor Troels Skrydstrup, Department of Chemistry and iNANO, who receives 7.5 million DKK. Photo: Aarhus University

2019.02.01 | Public / media, Staff

Three Semper Ardens grants to Science and Technology researchers

The researchers get about 43 million DKK in total to go into depth with antimatter, examine the ultimate optical control of the light, and to develop improved plastic recycling.

Jesper Buus Nielsen, professor and centre director. Photo: Mette B. Klausen

2019.01.31 | Staff, Public / media

DKK 50 million for non-targeted research into better blockchain technology

The Concordium Blockchain Research Centre at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University opens on 1 February 2019. The centre will be researching into blockchain technology, with focus on security, transparency and general usability. The Concordium Foundation is donating funding of DKK 50 million (EUR 6.6 million) over five years.