Business collaboration

Research collaboration, student projects and internships, strategic partnerships, competence development etc.

If a company has a problem that requires advanced research-related knowledge, equipment and know-how, Science and Technology can be a beneficial future partner.

Science and Technology has state-of-the-art research expertise at its disposal in a considerable number of academic disciplines. The faculty includes the following departments: Agroecology, Animal Science, Bioscience, Chemistry, Computer Science and IT, Engineering, Environmental Science, Food Science, Geoscience, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Physics and Astronomy.

Science and Technology also includes the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture (DCA), the Danish Centre for Environment and Energy (DCE), and the Aarhus School of Engineering (ASE).

Collaboration with Science and Technology must have a research-based starting point related to one or more of the faculty’s academic disciplines, for the benefit of research and development, as well as growth in the company.

Research collaborations

The expansion and growth of an increasing number of companies are based on research and development. At the same time, there are greater and greater demands that the business case in all research should be supported in the form of industrial partners in research projects. In other words, research must be brought into use. On the other hand, there must also be room for basic research to find answers to the questions we do not yet know will be asked, but which can prove to be crucial for the ability of the companies to withstand the challenges of the future.

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Educational collaboration and talent development

Science and Technology has approximately 7,000 students. The faculty emphasises a high academic level and close contact between students and researchers/lecturers. At the same time, Science and Technology works constantly to make the degree programmes relevant to the local community and the business sector.

In collaboration with an industry or company, Science and Technology can offer to organise special ‘toning programmes’ for students, or specific talent programmes at MSc or PhD level, so that the course of study taken by the students targets the needs of the individual industry or company.

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PhD collaboration and Industrial PhD degree programmes

If you would like to find out whether an academic employee can make a difference for your company, an option could be a collaboration with a PhD student.

A PhD degree programme typically takes three to five years. PhD students are enrolled at the faculty and must comply with demands regarding course participation, communication and mobility. Industrial PhD students are employed by the company and are therefore not subject to compulsory attendance at classes.

A PhD project can be based on a subject provided by the company, but the project must be approved by the university, and the PhD student must have a supervisor from both the faculty and the company.

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Student projects and internships

If your company has a well-defined problem, a student project or internship could be an option. A collaboration with a student typically lasts a semester (six months). A project or internship agreement is made between the student, a supervisor and the company.

The project or internship must be based on an academic issue, and fit in with the student’s course of studies, so that the project or internship contributes to the student’s learning.

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Access to research facilities


Science and Technology has state-of-the-art research facilities in the form of equipment and laboratories that are used in connection with both teaching and research activities. The faculty can provide access to these facilities in connection with collaborations with companies.

See a list of the major research facilities at Science and Technology

If you require specific equipment, you are welcome to call or write to the faculty’s local business contact.

Strategic partnerships

If your collaboration with Science and Technology is interdisciplinary, it includes a number of collaborations and takes a few years. It could therefore be an advantage to enter into a framework agreement such as a strategic partnership.

A steering committee consisting of representatives from the company and Science and Technology will prepare an action plan, evaluate the progress of the collaboration, and have the right of initiative to launch new activities.

The strategic partnership is a mutually binding and productive collaboration, and it requires a significant investment from the parties.

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Every year, Science and Technology holds a series of themed events that aim to present the latest research and knowledge, show research facilities, and identify potential future collaborations between Science and Technology and public and private companies.

Brainnovation events are public and are published in Science and Technology’s calendar.

Read more about Brainnovation or call or write to the contact persons for business collaboration



Innovation and entrepreneurship

There are a number of established academic innovation environments for students and staff at Science and Technology. The aim is to create a close connection between entrepreneurs at the faculty, SMEs and research and education environments.

In addition, students are educated to an increasing extent in entrepreneurship. This is partly with a view to strengthening student expertise in collaboration with the business sector, as well as supporting the development of their own companies.

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Competence development

Science and Technology offers continuing education in the form of Master’s and diploma degree programmes, single subjects during working hours, continuing education courses, and customised courses.

Employees who take part in continuing education at Science and Technology not only strengthen their academic skills, but also boost the company’s access to the university. This takes place via their direct presence at the university for a period of time, access to equipment and laboratories, and building networks.

Read more about continuing education at Science and Technology or call or write to the contact persons for business collaboration




For more information about collaboration opportunities:

Business Committee for Science and Technology

Vice-Dean for public sector consultancy and business collaboration

Kurt Nielsen

Vice-DeanDean's Office, Science and Technology
H bldg. 1521, 228
P +4540841780

Vice-Dean for research and business collaboration

Søren Rud Keiding

H bldg. 1521, 219
P +4528992061
P +4528992061

The faculty's contact person for business collaboration

Jørgen Brøchner Jespersen

Dean's Office, Science and Technology
H bldg. 1521, 222
P +4587158158
P +4521231653

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