Professor Henrik Skov and Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen with the motor shield of the drone now handed over to Aarhus University. (Photos: Rasmus Rørbæk)
Guests enjoyed a number of scientific presentations showing the extent to which drones have been used in research. The drone at right will now go on missions at the Villum Research Station.
The missions will take place approximately 900 kilometres from the North Pole, and this is the first large polar research drone of its type. The wingspan is 3.3 metres and the drone has a length of 2.3 metres altogether. 
Michael Thorsen, Integra Aerial Services, hands over the keys to Professor Henrik Skov.
Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Christian Lilleholt shows a keen interest in the drone’s future missions when he arrives at the ceremony.

2017.03.22 |

A Penguin B drone has now been handed over to Aarhus University and is ready to explore Greenland

With a wingspan of more than three metres and a cruising speed of approximately 80 km/h, Denmark’s first large polar exploration drone of this type is now heading north. Here it will form part of the ultra-modern arsenal of research instruments at the Villum Research Station. On Monday 13 March, the drone was formally transferred to Aarhus…

2017.03.21 |

Structural knowledge of the DNA repair complex

New Danish research provides mechanistic insight into how DNA is monitored and repaired if damage occurs. The results may eventually help to improve the treatment of certain types of cancer, as the DNA repair complex provides a mechanism for cancer cells to resist chemotherapy.

Professor Bjørk Hammer has been awarded DKK 25 million for his research in material physics. (Photo: Aarhus University)
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning is receiving DKK 40 million for his research in biodiversity. (Photo: Aarhus University)

2017.03.21 |

DKK 65 million granted to two researchers at Aarhus University

Two top Aarhus University researchers in biology and physics are among the recipients of a new VILLUM FOUNDATION funding programme. The idea behind the new funding programme – VILLUM Investigator – is to enable outstanding researchers at Danish research institutions to study the subjects they are most passionate about.

2017.03.21 |

Geese threaten agriculture, aviation and nature

There are now so many geese that they are creating conflict with both farming and aviation safety. This is shown in new research from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University. International collaboration has been initiated to find common solutions. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Ole Hertel has been appointed Professor in Assessment of Human Exposure to Air Pollution at the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, as of 1 March 2017. (Private photo).

2017.03.16 |

New professor is an expert on air pollution

Ole Hertel has been appointed Professor in Assessment of Human Exposure to Air Pollution at the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, as of 1 March 2017.

The research team initially consists of (from left): Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology Marie Lund, Researcher in Molecular Genetics Jesper Bechsgaard, PhD student Mette Marie Busck (Microbial Symbionts), Professor of Chemistry Thomas Vosegaard (Project Manager), Professor of Biology Trine Bilde (Project Manager), Professor of Microbiology Andreas Schramm (Project Manager), Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology Virginia Settepani, Professor of Biochemistry Michael Lalk, University of Greifswald (Project Manager).

2017.03.17 |

New research project will reveal antimicrobial secrets of social spiders

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme has granted DKK 14.7 million to three professors at Science and Technology and a German colleague to carry out research into social spiders as a source of new antimicrobial substances.

2017.03.16 |

Novo Nordisk and Aarhus University hold symposium in Aarhus

More than 130 researchers are attending the symposium at Aarhus University on 17 March with a focus on research in technologies that can be used to develop new pharmaceuticals. The theme for the day is joint projects and scientific work in the Aarhus Novo Nordisk Science and Talent Network, where the latest research will also be presented.

2017.03.16 |

Sorting RNA for production or decay

Our genomes are promiscuously transcribed into RNA. How cells manage to sort this massive genomic output into functional and non-functional material has remained enigmatic. New research describes protein interactions involved in such RNA fate determination.

The three large research facilities. From left: ESS, MAX IV and XFEL

2017.03.15 |

Universities invite Danish companies to the top of the world’s materials research

How can small companies each individually use the world’s most powerful neutron and X-ray microscopes for product development? Researchers at Aarhus University (AU), the University of Copenhagen (KU) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will now help them to find the answer – free of charge.

2017.03.16 |

Grasses are good at using the sun to be productive

Scientists from Aarhus University have studied how efficient crops are at using the sun to produce biomass for biorefining. This knowledge can be put to use to optimise biomass yields and improve sustainability.

The drone is the first of three, and it underwent a series of test flights prior to the handover. The Penguin B drone has a wingspan of 3.3 metres and a ‘fighting weight’ of approximately 25 kg when it is ready for missions. (Private photo)
The Villum Research Station is located in the far north, only approximately 900 kilometres from the North Pole. This is where the drone will be used to measure ice and snow properties at a high geographical resolution. (Illustration: Villum Research Station)

2017.03.13 |

Aarhus University is ready with the first drone for climate studies near the North Pole

Thanks to donations from the VILLUM FOUNDATION, scientists now have a unique opportunity to strengthen climate research in the northernmost part of Greenland. The first of three drones will be officially handed over to Aarhus University on Monday 13 March at 13.00 with an air show at Hans Christian Andersen Airport near Odense.

The rOPEN project will find a way to map the soil in the fields so accurately that farmers will be able to add exactly as much nitrate as the environment can stand. Photo: Colourbox

2017.03.07 |

Mapping the fertiliser route from field to fjord

A new research project will not only protect our groundwater, lakes and fjords from nitrate pollution, but also provide our farmers with an opportunity to fertilise their fields as well as possible. It will actually be possible to predict the capacity of each individual field to retain nitrate. Contributing to the project are researchers from many…

Professor Bo Barker Jørgensen, Head of Center for Geomicrobiology, Aarhus University, Denmark. Photo: Lars Kruse, Aarhus University
Bo Barker Jørgensen has participated in numerous research expeditions around the globe. Here he is in Svalbard. Photo: Bo Barker Jørgensen
Bo Barker Jørgensen is interviewed for national television on board the research vessel Greatship Manisha. Photo: Carol Cotterill, ECORD IODP Expedition 347 Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment.

2017.03.03 |

Bo Barker Jørgensen receives prestigious international award

On Friday night, The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) honours Danish Professor Bo Barker Jørgensen with the prestigious 2017 A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award at the Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu.

The palm <em>Euterpe precatoria</em> is one of the species cultivated in the Amazon for thousands of years. It is related to the açaí palm (<em>Euterpe oleracea</em>), which is widely grown today. The açaí berry is categorised as ‘super food’ due to its beneficial content of vitamins and other nutrients. Photo: Henrik Balslev

2017.03.06 |

The Amazon rainforest was formed by humans

The myth of the rainforest being one of the most pristine landscapes in the world has now been debunked by an international team of researchers with the participation of Aarhus University. Their results have just been published in Science and show that prehistoric human societies had an impact on the rainforest by using and cultivating…

2017.03.03 |

The zebrafish is an important animal model

Humans and zebrafish have more in common than you would think. Therefore, zebrafish are used more and more, for example, to study the function of genes, to create animal models for human diseases and to develop new human drugs.

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