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Photo: Melissa Yildirium, AU Foto

2019.07.09 |

IT degree programmes fully booked

114 young people have chosen Aarhus University's three new degree programmes as their first priority.

Simulation of wind erosion on Mars. The quartz ampoule contains particles of olivine basalt and a Mars-like atmosphere. By shaking the ampoule, the researchers simulate wind-generated saltation, ie. that the wind causes the sand grains to make short jumps over the surface. The friction of the particles creates electrical charges, and the yellow star illustrates that an argon atom has lost an electron. The small electrical charges cause the particles to glow slightly, as illustrated in the four pictures to the right. Graphics: Mars Simulation Laboratory, AU

2019.07.02 |

Methane vanishing on Mars: Aarhus researchers propose new mechanism as an explanation.

The processes behind the release and consumption of methane on Mars have been discussed since methane was measured for the first time for approx. 15 years ago. Now, an interdisciplinary research group from Aarhus University has proposed a previously overlooked physical-chemical process that can explain methane's consumption.

On the raw electron micrographs (A), one can find the individual protein molecules (green boxes). By taking an average of thousands of such similarly oriented particles, one can get sharp two-dimensional images (B), from which one can calculate the protein's three-dimensional structure (C). Finally, one can interpret this result by building a model of the protein (D). Image: Milena Timcenko.

2019.06.28 |

Groundbreaking cryo-electron microscopy at Aarhus University reveals the first structures of a protein that maintains cell membranes

Using cutting-edge electron microscopy, researchers from Aarhus University have determined the first structures of a lipid-flippase. The discoveries provide a better understanding of the basics of how cells work and stay healthy, and can eventually increase our knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Green biomass has great potential as an alternative to traditional sources of protein. Hear more about the future perspectives at the conference on 25 to 27 June 2019. Photo: Anders Trærup.

2019.06.25 |

International conference at AU to put a stop to the use-and-throw-away culture

On 25 June, Aarhus University will be opening the doors to Circular Bioeconomy Days 2019. A three-day international conference focusing on developing the circular bioeconomy of the future.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge in agriculture in the past 125 years, but there is still valuable knowledge to be gleaned from the long-term manure experiments at Askov Research Station. The trials have run without interruption all that time. Stock photo

2019.06.17 |

Askov long-term field experiments continue to create trailblazing knowledge

At Askov Experimental Station, 125 years of continued nutrient applications at different rates and from different sources have created a unique research platform used by Danish and international experts from widely different research areas.

Nina Lock and Troels Skrydstrup conduct research in two different research groups, but they work together on a joint endeavour: to develop sustainable catalysts that can convert CO2 into valuable resources. Photo: Dorthe Lundh
In Nina Lock's research group, the aim is to be able to capture a flue gas mixture from a chimney, drive it straight into a major facility, and convert some of the CO2 into valuable building blocks that can be reused by industry. Photo: Colourbox

2019.06.13 |

CO2 could replace fossil fuels in industry

Researchers at Aarhus University are developing new chemical technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and support the green transition in both public and private manufacturing companies.

Physicist Alexander Holm Kiilerich (left) and chemical engineer Kristina Kornung Wedege receive each a Aarhus University Research Foundation PhD Award 2019. Photo: Claus Sjödin

2019.05.28 |

Two young ST researchers receive the AUFF Talent Prize

A physicist and a chemical engineer are among the recipients of the Aarhus University Research Foundation's PhD award 2019. They carry out research in high-precision measurements using quantum sensors and and flow batteries for storing green energy, respectively.

At the CytoPad centre, researchers will use advanced immunization techniques to produce antibodies from mice and llamas. Click on the graphic to see it full size. Graphic: Daniel Otzen
Daniel Otzen enhances his research into Parkinsonism by DKK 10 million from the Lundbeck Foundation. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU.

2019.05.28 |

DKK 10 million for research into Parkinson's disease

Professor Daniel Otzen from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University has received DKK 10 million from the Lundbeck Foundation to develop new and better methods to diagnose and prevent Parkinson's disease, among other things using antibodies from llamas.

2019.05.10 |

New efficient way to engineer nanostructures mimicking natural immune response complexes

Collaboration between Novo Nordisk and Professor Kurt Gothelf’s laboratory at Aarhus University yields novel method to engineer large multi-antibody-like nanostructures using DNA nanotechnology. The results demonstrate the potential for assembly of multiple proteins and also other materials to enhance properties of traditional therapies.

Poul Nissen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Poto: Lisbeth Heilesen/AU.
Thomas Poulsen, Department of Chemistry. Photo: PURE/AU

2019.05.10 |

Two grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Foundation grants two researchers from Science and Technology each DKK 10 million for research projects within biotechnology and biomedicine.

On 3 May, the Department of Engineering opened its 2,100 m2 Deep Tech Experimental Hub research facility. The experimental hub is a critical element in developing research-based engineering science study programmes. These are a strategic focus for Aarhus University. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.

2019.05.13 |

Record Independent Research Fund Denmark grants for ST

Independent Research Fund Denmark has granted a total of DKK 133.4 mill. to 39 research projects at ST, almost half of which are within technology and production.

"Designing electronic systems today is very often a matter of trial and error, and it costs a lot of money and takes a long time. If you can make the workflow simple and virtual with a model that simulates perfectly the finished product, you can save an awful lot of time and money," says Christian Møldrup Legaard, who, as an MSc in Engineering student will be attached to the new AU Centre for Digital Twins, which opens on 6 May. Photo: Ida Marie Jensen, AU Foto.

2019.05.06 |

New centre for digital twins: "The idea of being able to design and debug the entire system before you build it is absolutely fantastic"

24-year-old Christian Møldrup Legaard is studying for an MSc in Engineering in computer engineering. He will soon be a part of Aarhus University's new Centre for Digital Twins, and he believes that this new trend in digital systems can save a lot of money and grey hair.

Reintroduction of beavers was carried out as a rewilding project in Klosterhede Plantage. An international research team now proposes guidelines for how citizens should be involved in the planning of rewilding. Photo: Jens-Christian Svenning, AU
Jens-Christian Svenning and a capybara in the Argentine Esteros del Ibera region, where he leads a research project (primarily financed by the Carlsberg Foundation and the VILLUM Foundation) for rewilding the ecosystem. Photo: Else Magård, AU
The three-dimensional model developed by scientists to illustrate the state of ecosystems before (the red triangle) and after a rewilding action (the yellow triangle). The three axes represent the three core processes of rewilding, each affecting each other. The dotted lines around the yellow triangle indicate the social boundaries of how far one can go with rewilding. Graphics: Laetitia M. Navarro, Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
rewilding effort in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, society has followed a paradigm of minimal to no intervention. The area is considered one of the most iconic natural experiments on rewilding in recent history. The photo is taken with a camera trap. Photo: Chornobyl Center, Ukraine

2019.04.28 |

How to make wild and autonomous nature

An international team of researchers have worked to clarify what rewilding actually is, and how best to design and implement rewilding as a practical tool to reverse the global losses of biodiversity.

Poul Nissen (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen/AU)

2019.04.25 |

Poul Nissen modtager 10 mio. kroner til at forske i insulinreceptoren

Novo Nordisk Fonden har tildelt professor Poul Nissen en femårig bevilling i form af en såkaldt ”NNF Distinguished Investigator 2019 grant” inden for ”Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine”, der tildeles forskere, som har vist, at de kan udføre og lede forskning på allerhøjeste internationale niveau.

2019.04.23 |

Researchers reveal how bacteria can adapt to resist treatment by antibiotics

In a joint collaboration, researchers from Denmark and Switzerland have shown that bacteria produce a specific stress molecule, divide more slowly, and thus save energy when they are exposed to antibiotics. The new knowledge is expected to form the basis for development of a new type of antibiotics.

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