Interdisciplinary thematic centres

Aarhus University’s interdisciplinary thematic research centres at Science and Technology make targeted efforts to solve the grand challenges of the world – the major societal challenges of our time.

The centres carry out work in a number of socially important areas, cutting across traditional subject boundaries, where there is a potential for developing research activities that can have a leading position nationally and be strongly positioned internationally.

The centres are a gathering point for researchers and students from different disciplines, and they act as the formal framework for both existing and new research activities and synergies cutting across the faculty’s departments and other units. The centres make use of the unique opportunities that exist in the interaction between classical science, sector-oriented research and engineering activities.

At the same time, the centres provide an access point for industrial partners and the business sector, both nationally and internationally, regarding joint research projects with a focus on developing research-based technologies and solutions to societal challenges.

The interdisciplinary thematic centres represent an ambitious research strategy with international impact, based on the faculty’s Strategy Plan 2016–2020.

Seven interdisciplinary thematic research centres will be established in the fields of circular bioeconomy, materials, water, digitisation, food, climate, and life sciences.

The centres are opening during the course of 2017. Links to the websites for the new centres will be regularly updated here.