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Kristian Pedersen to become Dean of Faculty of Natural Sciences at Aarhus University.

2020.01.29 | News, Faculty of Natural Sciences

New dean at the Faculty of Natural Sciences

After a thorough appointment process, Aarhus University has selected astrophysicist Professor Kristian Pedersen as new dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

“It can be boiled down to a single word. Big!” says Karl Anker Jørgensen when asked how it feels to receive the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.

2020.01.30 | Department of Chemistry, People

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen receives the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal

Karl Anker Jørgensen will be joining an impressive group of ground-breaking chemists from all over the world, including several Nobel Prize winners, when he receives the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal.

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Dennis Jeppesen (Foto: VILLUM FONDEN)
Jógvan Magnus Haugaard Olsen  (Foto: VILLUM FONDEN)
Thomas Tram (Foto: VILLUM FONDEN)

2020.01.23 | Grant, Faculty of Natural Sciences

EUR 4 million from the Villum Foundation for three research talents

Three young research talents at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Aarhus University with ambitions to forge their own, independent research profiles have received grants under the Villum Young Investigator programme.

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2020.01.16 | News, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physics

AI learns to rule the quantum world

The chess world was amazed when the computer algorithm AlphaZero learned, after just four hours on its own, to beat the best chess programs built on human expertise. Now a research group at Aarhus University has used the very same algorithm to control a quantum computer.

2020.01.14 | News, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Sustainability

Plant genomes reveal the basis for adaptation to contrasting climates

In the face of rapid climate change, it is important that plants can adapt quickly to new conditions to ensure their survival. Using field experiments and plant genome studies, an international research team has pinpointed areas of the genome that are affected during local adaptation to contrasting climates. This new insight into local adaptation…

Professor MSO Jacob Sherson wants to determine what non-physics competencies can support the growth potential of this knowledge-intensive industry. (Photo: Lars Kruse/AU Foto.)

2020.01.15 | Faculty of Natural Sciences, Grant

ERC grant to strengthen quantum-science leap towards the labour market

Jacob Sherson, professor with special assignments, has set out to future-proof implementation of the huge economic perspectives in breakthroughs in quantum physics. He will do this through study modules for non-physicists who are to contribute other academic disciplines and competencies than mathematical quantum physics to the innovation…

2020.01.13 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

The Danish Olympic team in biology visits the Departments of Biology and Molecular Biology and Genetics

Last week, the Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Biology organised the 17th Danish semifinal in the Biology Olympiad for secondary school students from all over the country. Half of the students advanced to the national final.

Photo: AU Foto

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.

Photo: Ida Marie Jensen, AU Foto

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…

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