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On Thursday, the live video from ISS showed Aarhus University's first satellite, Delphini-1, being deployed into space. This means that Aarhus University is now officially a space university. Photo: NASA and NanoRacks

2019.01.31 | Public / media, Staff

AU is now officially a space university

Thursday 31 January, at exactly 13:00, Aarhus University officially entered the line of universities in the world that have a satellite in space. Delphini-1 was deployed from the International Space Station, ISS, into its orbit. The Delphini-1 team will now try to establish contact with the satellite.

Three researchers receive DKK 31 million (EUR 4.1 million) for sophisticated research equipment. Photo: Novo Nordisk Foundation

2019.01.31 | Public / media, Staff

DKK 31 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for advanced research technology

With major investments in laboratory equipment funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, three researchers from Aarhus University have been able to boost their research into proteins, nanoparticles and biological molecules.

Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen opened the Biodiversity Symposium together with Dean Niels Christian Nielsen, Science and Technology (AU Foto)
From the left: Flemming Skov (Department of Bioscience), Kurt Nielsen (Vice-dean, Science and Technology), Jakob Ellemann-Jensen (Minister for Environment and Food), Niels Chr. Nielsen (Dean, Science and Technology) (AU Foto)
The Biodiversity Symposium 2019 was a popular event in the Lakeside Lecture Theatres at Aarhus University. (AU Foto)

2019.01.31 | Staff, Public / media

Growing interest in Danish biodiversity

An impressive more than 400 people turned up to the fifth Biodiversity Symposium, held at Aarhus University on 22 January. Researchers, managers, consultants and policy-makers gathered to take stock of biodiversity in the Danish countryside. The good attendance bears witness to a large and increasing interest in the topic.

The photograph shows Carl, an alpha-male chimpanzee at Copenhagen Zoo, and one of the participants in the study. Photo: Copenhagen Zoo, David Trood

2019.01.22 | Public / media

Human mutation rate has slowed recently

Researchers from Aarhus University and Copenhagen Zoo have discovered that the human mutation rate is significantly slower than for our closest primate relatives. The new knowledge may be important for estimates of when the common ancestor for humans and chimpanzees lived - and for conservation of large primates in the wild.

Over the past couple of years, AU students have helped ready the Delphini - 1 nanosatellite for launch. The satellite is now on board the International space station, from which it will be put into orbit around Earth in February. The aim of the ESA BIC DK is to encourage the students to start their own businesses within space technology after the end of their studies. Photo: Lars Kruse/AU Photo.
Associate professor Christoffer Karoff. Photo: Private

2019.01.15 | Research

Science and Technology to educate future space entrepreneurs

ST will be help students to come up with ideas for start-ups through an interdisciplinary Space Entrepreneurship Programme, which will teach students in subjects within both space technology and entrepreneurship.

Satellite images reveal global poverty. Part of figure. © Gary Watmough
On satellite images, researchers can identify the smallest details in specific areas, including the size of the cottages, a decisive indicator of the living standard in the area. The images also reveal how the surrounding areas are exploited – for example for animal grazing, growing of crops or gathering firewood. © Gary Watmough
Landscape with cottages and exploited areas in Kenya. Photo: Gary Watmough  
The area of exploited fields in Kenya may be small and varies from year to year. Photo: Gary Watmough

2019.01.03 | Public / media

Satellite images reveal global poverty

How far have we come in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals that we are committed to nationally and internationally? Yes, it can be difficult to make a global assessment of poverty and poor economic conditions, but with an eye in the sky, researchers are able to give us a very good hint of the living conditions of populations in the…