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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 |

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.

2019.01.31 |

Aarhus University puts the UN Sustainable Development Goals on the map

Aarhus University is to hold a conference on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The conference will bring together key players in our continued cooperation with the outside world to get deep and broad knowledge out into society. Connie Hedegaard will be the keynote speaker at the "Partnerships for a sustainable future - on the UN Sustainable…

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

2019.01.31 |

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 |

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.

A research group has just elucidated the structure of a sugar transport protein that is unique to plants. The new structure can help explain how plant organs - such as pollen - develop properly, and give ideas as to why some subspecies of wheat are resistant to fungal attacks. Figures: Bjørn Panyella Pedersen.

2019.01.31 |

New insight into unique sugar transport in plants

A small research group at Aarhus University has just elucidated the structure of a sugar transport protein that is unique to plants. The new structure can help explain how plant organs - such as pollen - develop properly, and give ideas as to why some subspecies of wheat are resistant to fungal attacks.

Associate Professor Wolf Eisenhardt, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University. Photo: VILLUM FONDEN.
Associate Professor Jan Frahm, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University. Photo: VILLUM FONDEN.

2019.01.22 |

VILLUM FOUNDATION grants awarded to two young AU researchers

Wolf Eiserhardt from the Department of Bioscience and Jan Frahm from the Department of Mathematics have each received a Villum Young Investigator grant of 10 mill. DKK.

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 |

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.

Danish researchers have now shown that fish such as cod move around with an internal fitness tracker that continuously logs information about the fish’s metabolism. Information is recorded in the calcium structure in the fish’s otoliths and can be used to gain new knowledge about how changes in the marine environment affect a fish’s metabolism and behavior. Photo: Peter Grønkjær.
The fish’s fitness tracker. The carbon in fish otoliths comes from two sources, partly from the water in the form of dissolved inorganic carbon (blue bullets) and partly from the food burnt off as part of the fish's metabolism (red bullets). Carbon from the two sources is diffused into the fish’s blood. When the fish’s metabolism increases, the proportion of carbon from the food increases, and there will be more "red bullets” in the blood supplying the carbon to the otoliths in the fish’s inner ear. In this way, the growth rings of the otoliths continuously record record information on the fish’s metabolism in the form of the so-called delta 13C value. Illustration: Ming Tsung-Chung.

2019.01.18 |

Otoliths - the fish’s black box - also keeps an eye on the metabolism

For the first time ever, an international research team has shown that fish otoliths record information on fish metabolism. Analyses of old and new otoliths can therefore provide new knowledge about how different species of fish adapt to new conditions, including climate change.

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 |

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.

Professor Torben Heick Jensen receives DKK 60 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to establish the research center 'Exo-Adapt', which will determine how our cells sort genetic information. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen.

2019.01.08 |

60 million Danish kroner for basic biomedical research

Professor Torben Heick Jensen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, receives DKK 60 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation's Challenge Programme to establish the research center 'Exo-Adapt', which will determine how our cells sort genetic information.

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 |

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…

2019.01.03 |

Aarhus University participates in a new Oresund-Kattegat-Skagerak EU Life Science Network

Gregers Rom Andersen and Poul Nissen from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, participate in a new three-year EU project for the Oresund-Kattegat-Skagerak (OKS) area, which has received a grant from the EU of EUR 3.6 million.