2015.11.30 |

This year’s oxygen depletion called off – by and large

The distribution of oxygen depletion in Danish waters was significantly reduced in mid-November compared with mid-October, mainly due to the windy autumn weather. This is documented in the annual report published by DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Senior Researcher Jakob Strand, Department of Bioscience, has received the Environmental Award 2015 for research into the environmental impact of microplastics in the marine environment.

2015.11.25 |

Environmental Award 2015 goes to Aarhus University researcher

Jakob Strand has received the Aase and Ejnar Danielsen Foundation’s Environmental Award 2015 valued at DKK 250,000 for research into the environmental impact of microplastics in the marine environment.

2015.11.25 |

Come to the final of the Dean’s Challenge

Get to know Denmark’s innovative future when Aarhus University students compete on ingenuity at the final of the Dean’s Challenge on Friday 4 December.

The planetary system surrounding star HR8832 can look forward to a Danish greeting – can we expect to receive a reply? (Illustration: Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus University)
The radio telescope is in fact a radar transmitter and receiver. Yihenew Beyene and Toivo Iinatti are shown here making the final adjustments. (Private photo)

2015.11.24 |

To all of you from some of us

Denmark has sent a message to the planetary system surrounding the star HR 8832. Whether or not there will ever be a reply from the distant planets will first be known in 2058. But it does not hurt to hope for the best.

Sadegh Nabavi has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants. (Photo: DANDRITE)
Figure 1. Sadegh Nabavi will use optogenetics to modify memory strength at the synaptic level to study why only some synapses, and hence memories, become permanent (Figure: Sadegh Nabavi)
Figure 2. a) Fear conditioning with optogenetics. Diagram of rat’s fear memory circuit receiving optogenetically driven input stimulation (laser) paired with a shock (left). Animal is tested one day later (right) by optical activation of the input (blue). Time plot shows normalised number of lever presses (1 min bins) to a previously learned cued lever-press task. b) LTD inactivates memory. In vivo field response in lateral amygdala to single optical stimulus (left) before and after LTD induction (1Hz). Animal is tested one day later (right). c) LTP reactivates memory. Same as b) except animal receives an LTP protocol (100Hz). (Figure: Sadegh Nabavi, published in <em>Nature</em> [Nabavi et al., 2014])

2015.11.20 |

ERC Starting Grant for research in memory formation and consolidation

DANDRITE Group Leader Sadegh Nabavi has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant of EUR 1.5 million for research into memory formation to answer the fundamental questions on why some memories last and some are soon lost.

(Photo: Aarhus University)

2015.11.24 |

A century of engineering

Aarhus and East Jutland are celebrating a special birthday in November. It is 100 years since the first engineering degree programme was established in Aarhus. The Navitas Building at the Port of Aarhus will house some of the great thoughts of our time when a century of engineering is celebrated on Friday 20 November.

2015.11.24 |

The Greenhouses are the best family outing in the city

On Wednesday 11 November, the Greenhouses were named the best family outing in the city. Aarhus residents voted on the AOA website – All About Aarhus. The Greenhouses are now officially the City’s Best Family Outing 2015. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2015.11.24 |

Find out about floods before the rain comes

A new digital tool can predict where rain water goes when we are hit by floods. This provides the authorities with new opportunities to make climate adjustments and to know where to deploy resources. The map is being developed by SCALGO in collaboration with institutions including Aarhus University. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2015.11.24 |

Lakes emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer world

Many of the approximately 117 million lakes in the world act like wet chimneys, releasing large amounts of C02 into the atmosphere. The world’s lakes, rivers and reservoirs release the equivalent of 25% of all C02 emissions from fossil fuels. See the article at

2015.11.24 |

Robot teaches handicapped children

NAO the robot is helping teachers, therapists and physiotherapists to teach and train children with physical disabilities and brain injuries. A four-week-long trial period has been launched in the City of Aarhus and at the Hammel Neurorehabilitation and Research Centre. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2015.11.05 |

Bowling robot ready for the World Robot Olympiad

The only Danish team to qualify for the World Robot Olympiad consists of two engineering students from Aarhus University. They have made a small bowling figure filled with advanced technology hardware. The olympiad takes place in Qatar in early November. Read more (in Danish only) here.

The ASTRID storage ring has been used for a considerable number of experiments over the years. (Photo: ISA/AU)
ASTRID has now been joined by a new storage ring called ASTRID2. Here you can see how the two rings are aligned so ASTRID can accelerate particles into the new ring. ASTRID2 is shown at the bottom of the image. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Communication)

2015.11.04 |

Three cheers for ASTRID

A lovely round ‘lady’ lives deep in the basement under the car park at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University. In spite of the dark location, she has a radiant life. Her name is ASTRID – the storage ring that will be 25 years old on 4 November.

2015.11.03 |

Engineering in Aarhus celebrates its centenary

In November 2015, it is 100 years since the first engineering degree programme was established in Aarhus. Three generations of graduates have been a significant driving force in the industrialisation of the city and the region, and in developing the technology-based society we know today.