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Professor Lars Peter Nielsen flanked by Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen and Professor Liselotte Højgaard, chair of the Danish National Research Foundation. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, Aarhus University
Head of Department Hans Brix, Department of Bioscience, welcomes both CEM and guests to the lecture theatre. Photo: Lise Balsby
Professor Lars Peter Nielsen demonstrates how long the cable bacteria can become. Photo: Lise Balsby
Professor Liselotte Højgaard, chair of the Danish National Research Foundation, is pleased with the new basic research centre – and is certain that CEM will be worth the DKK 56 million, even if the researchers are unable to find answers to all of the questions. Photo: Lise Balsby

2017.12.04 |

Opening of the Centre for Electromicrobiology

A new basic research centre – the Centre for Electromicrobiology – was officially opened on 1 December at an event in the Lakeside Lecture Theatres. The Danish National Research Foundation is financing the centre with an initial grant of DKK 56 million.

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2017.12.05 |

The soil needs carbon

For the sake of both the climate and soil fertility, it is necessary to maintain or increase the carbon content in the soil. Aarhus University researchers are taking part in a new international project to develop and disseminate knowledge in this area.

2017.11.29 |

DCE director appointed chair of PEER network

Denmark takes over the chair of the EU’s largest network for nature and environment research. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.11.29 |

Researchers account for criticism of nitrogen calculations

In a new report, Aarhus University researchers account for the criticism raised by the Danish Society for Nature Conservation in connection with calculations carried out in 2015 for the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark. Read more (in Danish only) here.

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2017.12.04 |

New understanding of the well-being of climate-stressed plants

As a result of climate change, there is an increasing need for more intelligent, efficient and safe farming. A soon-to-be completed EU project – ModCarboStress – might have taken an important step in this work: getting to understand the stressed plants better. The project indicates the work to be carried out at iClimate – the forthcoming research…

2017.11.29 |

Aarhus University takes criticism of public sector consultancy seriously

On Saturday 25 November, the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende published an article in which a former employee criticised the calculations provided by the university in connection with the approval of the Danish Agricultural Package. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.11.28 |

New research continues to support figures for marginal leaching used in connection with the Danish Agricultural Package

For a number of years, more measurements have been requested and more knowledge wanted regarding the impact of fertilisers and crops on nitrogen leaching from cultivated soil. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.11.27 |

Zebrafish used to identify disease mechanism for heart disease

In a large collaborative study between the Department of Clinical Medicine, the Department of Biomedicine, and the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, among others, the researchers have succeeded in identifying and characterising the consequences of a newly discovered mutation associated with cardiac arrhythmia.

2017.11.23 |

Sapere Aude grants awarded to five researchers at Science and Technology

Five of the seven grant recipients at Aarhus University are researchers at Science and Technology. The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) awards grants to excellent applicants with relevant and original research ideas and the ambition to be research leaders.

The new agreement was signed by (from left) Thomas Bjørnholm (University of Copenhagen), Katrine Krogh Andersen (Technical University of Denmark), Niels Christian Beier (Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education), John Womersley (European Spallation Source), Henrik Bindslev (University of Southern Denmark) and Niels Chr. Nielsen (Science and Technology, Aarhus University).

2017.11.22 |

More collaboration between ESS, the universities and the government

Aarhus University has entered into an agreement with six of the other Danish universities, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education, and the European Spallation Source (ESS) to strengthen collaboration and knowledge sharing between ESS and the research environments in Denmark.

2017.11.21 |

Super design for buildings based on artificial intelligence

Computing power is now so strong that it can design building constructions with such a degree of perfection that architects and engineers have to give up. Students are responsible for the super algorithm that controls everything, and can revolutionise building procedures when it is launched early next year. Read more (in Danish only) here.

2017.11.20 |

New knowledge will get companies to take part in the fourth industrial revolution

Aarhus University will use a new programme to ensure that knowledge about digitalisation and materials technology will benefit Danish companies. This will prepare them for developing smarter products and production methods, so they can ride the Industry 4.0 wave.

Laser scan (LiDAR) of the savannah-like area in Argentina.

2017.11.09 |

Big data – when reality acts as an experiment

The new BIOCHANGE research centre at Aarhus University has the task of collecting and analysing large amounts of data from and about nature. The centre will continually carry out detailed studies of the impact of global environmental changes on the Earth’s plant and animal life. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) combines laser light and ultra-sensitive cameras that send signals into an individual molecule. This signal spreads to the other colour molecule on the pump, which begins to transmit light of another colour. The group focuses on the relationship between the different colours, which is registered in a specially built light microscope. These measurements provide information about the pump’s movements. (Photo: Mateusz Dyla)
Illustrated here is the timeline for the pump function, which is now revealed in high time resolution. The curve shows the relationship between the measured fluorescent colours emitted from dyes bound to the pump. At left, the pump is open towards the interior of the cell and has bound calcium ions and absorbed the ATP molecule – in other words, it is ‘charged’. The next step is the new, key result: in the red field, the pump is in the previously unknown closed state, where it has enclosed the ions to be sent out of the cell. The final stage illustrated shows that the pump has opened and released calcium ions into the surroundings. From here, it cannot return to the highlighted state. (Illustration: Daniel Terry/Dyla)

2017.11.09 |

The end of ‘Pump Fiction’

Our cells are capable of moving energy and material around to the places where they are required, and ensuring that the body works properly. But how do the cells do this in real time from the perspective of the individual molecule? A Danish research team has succeeded in revealing basic insights into this previously unknown world by carrying out…

All the happy finalists are assembled. The winners received DKK 10,000 and the prize for second and third was DKK 2,500. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)
The Nanopaper team: Deby Fapyane, Isabel Alvarez-Martos and Hector Raposo Vega. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)
The Independent Elder entry: Magnus Graf Skou. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)
The Merry Berry team: Assela Ongarbayeva and Eric Sutherland. (Photo: ‎Vincente Kenrice Klehr)

2017.11.08 |

Dean’s Challenge: a festive event with fruit snacks, degradable plastic and walking frames

On Monday 6 November, the final of the Dean’s Challenge – an annual case competition – was held for the third time. During the course of twenty-four days, the students attended workshops to help them develop and fine-tune their ideas, so they were well prepared for presenting them to the jury. Of all the submitted solutions, three were selected in…

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