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In 2017 Professor Thomas Pohl moved from the Max Planck Institute in Dresden to a Niels Bohr professorship at Aarhus University. Now he is going to head the basic research center CCQ. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.

2019.10.23 | Public / media

New centre will mix exotic quantum cocktails of light and matter

The Danish National Research Foundation has granted DKK 66.6 million (EUR 8.8 mill.) to Professor Thomas Pohl and the Center for Complex Quantum Systems (CCQ). "Complex quantum systems" is no understatement. The new basic research centre will combine the known quantum technologies and see what photons, ultracold atoms and laser-cooled ions can do…

Professor Liv Hornekær will lead the new basic research center InterCat. She is a pioneer in the new interdisciplinary research field of astrochemistry. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2019.10.23 | Public / media

New centre to find the origins of life in space

With DKK 67.4 million (EUR 8.9 mill.) from the Danish National Research Foundation, professor Liv Hornekær at Aarhus University will establish Center for Interstellar Catalysis, in order to find out how and when the building blocks of life formed in the universe.

Aarhus Å seen from Europaplads looking towards the Magasin department store during Storm Bodil in December 2013. Aarhus City Council is working to create a greener city, with space for water, which they see as a resource. The idea is that, in creating space for water, it is also possible to create new facilities for active recreation, more urban nature, greener urban spaces and new communities. So when adapting to a changing climate with more and heavier rainfall, citizens will be involved in the transformation of their local area, so that the City of Aarhus becomes greener and a good place for everyone. Photo: City of Aarhus

2019.10.24 | Public / media

International research project for sustainable urban development

Researchers from Europe and China are gathering in Aarhus this week to kick-off a major joint research project focusing on sustainable urban development and the transition to a climate-friendly future at a time when urban areas are facing unprecedented challenges. The project is being coordinated by researchers from the Department of Environmental…

Wood ants moved from the forest to an apple plantation reduced the occurrence of apple diseases in the plantation. (Photo: Jens Henrik Petersen).

2019.10.17 | Public / media

Ants fight plant diseases

New research from Aarhus University shows that ants inhibit at least 14 different plant diseases. The small insects secrete antibiotics from glands in the body. On their legs and body, they also host colonies of bacteria that secrete antibiotics. It is probably these substances that inhibit a number of different diseases and researchers now hope…

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen. Photo: Lars Kruse

2019.10.22 | Public / media, Staff

Gold medal in good chemistry

He was declared "not suitable" for upper secondary school, but today he is one of the world's most cited chemists. What’s more, he insists on a little wildness at work. Meet Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen, who today is receiving the H.C. Ørsted Gold Medal in chemistry. The medal is being awarded for the first time in 30 years.

This photo shows the change in surface darkness as the cold dry white snow (left side of of image) starts melting to grey (centre of the image), to reveal the dark ice underneath (right side of image). The dots on the left are people, to give a sense of the scale. Photo: Laura Halbach, AU
With the ERC grant, professor Alexandre Anesio from Aarhus University will be spending more time in Greenland during the next six years. Photo: Laura Halbach, AU.
A deep purple alga from the Greenland ice sheet. Photo: Laura Halbach, AU.

2019.10.10 | Public / media

DEEP PURPLE on the ice: algae are heating up Greenland

Purple algae are making the western Greenland Ice Sheet melt faster, as the algae darken the ice surface and make it absorb more sunlight. With an ERC Synergy Grant of €11 million, researchers from Aarhus University and two other European universities will examine the role of glacier algae in a warming climate.

The fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is a fantastic model organism, which has contributed to major scientific breakthroughs (photo: Torsten Nygård Kristensen, Aalborg University)

2019.10.09 | Public / media

Fruit flies help in the development of personalised medicine

It is common knowledge that there is a connection between our genes and the risk of developing certain diseases. In a study on fruit flies, researchers from Aarhus University and Aalborg University have found that gene mapping can also be used to predict response to a given treatment. This knowledge is crucial for the development of personalised…

Mogens Hinge from Aarhus University visits the Aage Vestergaard Larsen (AVL) recycling company in Mariager. With head of business development at AVL, Gitte Buk Larsen, he is inspecting a new plastic granulate. Photo: Britta Fischer Mogensen
... And in this picture they are looking at used plastic pipes. Photo: Britta Fischer Mogensen

2019.10.08 | Public / media

New knowledge about old plastics

There is a huge number of different plastic types. This means it is no easy matter to get the rate of plastics recycling to rise. At the Department of Engineering, daily tests on plastics will make it easier for industry to identify the specific type of plastic and produce recycled plastic products in the right quality. Learn more about the…

Photo: Colourbox

2019.10.03 | Public / media

Flood-tolerant crops for the future climate

A flood can ruin a potato harvest in just 24 hours. However, by understanding the plant's defence mechanisms against flooding, it is possible to create more flood-tolerant crops that can withstand flooding. An international research team with the participation of Associate Professor Kim Hebelstrup from the Department of Molecular Biology and…