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Professor Jacob Schach Møller has been appointed head of the Department of Mathematics as of 1 October 2017. Photo: Lars Kruse, Aarhus University

2017.10.06 |

New head of the Department of Mathematics

Deputy Head of Department Jacob Schach Møller has been appointed head of the Department of Mathematics (MATH) as of 1 October 2017.

2017.10.04 |

Playground for ideas

Three of the winning concepts last year were synthetic meat, innovative breast pumps as a healthcare innovation, and inexpensive storage for sustainable energy. This year, the dean has once more challenged the students, and the fruit of their efforts can soon be enjoyed.

The Centre for Water Technology (WATEC) will be inaugurated on 6 October. (Photo: Colourbox)
Fresh water is one of the most limited resources on our planet. It is therefore essential to use our resources in the most sustainable way, and to prevent pollution of both surface water and groundwater. WATEC will study and develop technology for the flow of water from the underground to the tap and back again. (Illustration: WATEC)

2017.10.03 |

The world’s most valuable resource strengthened by Aarhus University research

Clean water is without comparison the most limited resource on a global scale. Without water, there would be no society. Danish expertise and research into water technology are in an international class of their own in all aspects of the water cycle. With a new strategic research initiative, Aarhus University now further strengthens this work when…

2017.10.02 |

Llama-derived nanobodies as a new tool in solving crystal structure

Aarhus University scientists have developed miniature antibodies (nanobodies) that can be labelled on certain amino acids. This provides a direct route for solving new X-ray crystal structures of protein complexes important for gaining mechanistic understanding of cellular processes, which is important in the development of drugs.

2017.10.02 |

Positive evaluation of marine researchers’ work

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council mixes business interests with scientific arguments in its criticism of research that forms the basis for aquatic plans. This is stated by Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen and Vice-Dean Kurt Nielsen, Science and Technology, in a contribution to debate in the Danish newsletter Altinget. This follows a report by…

Reality is not what it was. Aarhus University is now heading for digital horizons with a strategic research centre aimed at creating new recognitions and knowledge about important aspects of the digital reality of the future.

2017.09.27 |

Aarhus University will boost digital understanding

Progress in electronic technologies during the last five decades has fundamentally changed society on a global scale, and has been of radical importance for industry and business. The digital ‘revolution’ is in full swing, and will only escalate in the coming years. Denmark is in a good position at the front and, with the establishment of a…

2017.09.26 |

Danish discovery can pave the way for more effective cholesterol medicine

Research from Aarhus University sheds new light on how the body converts the bad kind of cholesterol. The discovery could lead to new and potentially more effective medicine.

Many people are under more pressure in their everyday lives, and this means that ready-prepared dishes end up in their shopping baskets when cooking becomes too much of a burden on a Wednesday night. But what are the nutritional values in such food? What strain do our altered eating habits put on the production chain – can agriculture keep up? What about the climate and nature? And our health? The new research centre now focuses sharply on the foods of the future. iFOOD opens on 25 September. (Photo: Colourbox)
All the way. By providing an interdisciplinary platform with research-based solutions, iFOOD will be able to collaborate with ingredients and food producers, the retail industry, consumers, and the health sector. iFOOD can be of significant importance for the entire production chain in modern food production. This graphic shows (in Danish) how interdisciplinary research covers the journey from field to table, and on to our perception of the nutritional importance. (Illustration: iFOOD)

2017.09.25 |

New research centre focuses on the foods of the future

While the demand for food products is increasing, consumer confidence in food is on the decline. The population of the world is increasing every year at a rate corresponding to the population of Germany. This places demands on the food production of the future if there will be enough food to go round. With its new strategic centre for food…

2017.09.25 |

The distinguished alumnus 2017 has a background in engineering

The distinguished alumnus 2017 is Niels Due Jensen, mechanical engineer and former Group President and CEO of Grundfos. He graduated as an engineer from what was then the Aarhus Technical College (Aarhus Teknikum) and is now the Aarhus University School of Engineering.

2017.09.18 |

Communication prize awarded to livestock researcher

Professor Lene Munksgaard, Department of Animal Science, was awarded the Aarhus University Anniversary Foundation Research Communication Prize at the annual celebration 2017.

2017.09.18 |

Prize of Honour for Pedagogics awarded to physicist

Professor Bjørk Hammer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, was awarded the Aarhus University Anniversary Foundation Prize of Honour for Pedagogics at the annual celebration 2017.

2017.09.18 |

Expert in interactive computer systems appointed honorary doctor

Professor and Research Director Wendy E. Mackay, French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA)/Paris-Sud University, France, was appointed honorary doctor at Aarhus University on the occasion of the annual celebration 2017.

2017.09.18 |

Travel grant awarded to talented chemistry student

PhD student Nikolaj Roth was presented with Queen Margrethe II’s travel grant of DKK 25,000 at the annual celebration 2017.

2017.09.12 |

Improved solution to increase fertility in high-yielding cows

Through decades, researchers have been able to increase milk production in cows by intense genetic selection. However, this has resulted in a reversal of the fertility of the cows. This has led the researchers to find an optimum solution.

Rock rose (<em>Cistus creticus</em>) visited by a Trichodes beetle. Photos: Aphrodite Kantsa, Aegean University, Mytilini
The scrubland at Agios Stefanos on the island of Lesbos, where the researchers studied 41 insect-pollinated species of plants. Click on this and the other illustrations to see them in full size.
Collecting fragrance from the <em>Serapias vomeracea</em> orchid.
A <em>Serapias vomeracea</em> orchid visited by a <em>Rhodanthidium septemdentatum</em> bee.
A plant-fragrance network. The nodes are plant species that are linked if they share fragrance(s). The network has seven modules (groups). A module is a group of closely connected nodes. Each module will therefore contain plant species with fragrances from the same chemical main group(s).

2017.09.06 |

A waft of purple

A new study shows a link between the colour of a flower and its fragrance. Flowers combine colour and fragrance to attract the right pollinators – and they even work together with other species.

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