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This photo shows the change in surface darkness as the cold dry white snow (left side of of image) starts melting to grey (centre of the image), to reveal the dark ice underneath (right side of image). The dots on the left are people, to give a sense of the scale. Photo: Laura Halbach, AU
With the ERC grant, professor Alexandre Anesio from Aarhus University will be spending more time in Greenland during the next six years. Photo: Laura Halbach, AU.
A deep purple alga from the Greenland ice sheet. Photo: Laura Halbach, AU.

2019.10.10 |

DEEP PURPLE on the ice: algae are heating up Greenland

Purple algae are making the western Greenland Ice Sheet melt faster, as the algae darken the ice surface and make it absorb more sunlight. With an ERC Synergy Grant of €11 million, researchers from Aarhus University and two other European universities will examine the role of glacier algae in a warming climate.

The fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is a fantastic model organism, which has contributed to major scientific breakthroughs (photo: Torsten Nygård Kristensen, Aalborg University)

2019.10.09 |

Fruit flies help in the development of personalised medicine

It is common knowledge that there is a connection between our genes and the risk of developing certain diseases. In a study on fruit flies, researchers from Aarhus University and Aalborg University have found that gene mapping can also be used to predict response to a given treatment. This knowledge is crucial for the development of personalised…

Mogens Hinge from Aarhus University visits the Aage Vestergaard Larsen (AVL) recycling company in Mariager. With head of business development at AVL, Gitte Buk Larsen, he is inspecting a new plastic granulate. Photo: Britta Fischer Mogensen
... And in this picture they are looking at used plastic pipes. Photo: Britta Fischer Mogensen

2019.10.08 |

New knowledge about old plastics

There is a huge number of different plastic types. This means it is no easy matter to get the rate of plastics recycling to rise. At the Department of Engineering, daily tests on plastics will make it easier for industry to identify the specific type of plastic and produce recycled plastic products in the right quality. Learn more about the…

Photo: Colourbox

2019.10.03 |

Flood-tolerant crops for the future climate

A flood can ruin a potato harvest in just 24 hours. However, by understanding the plant's defence mechanisms against flooding, it is possible to create more flood-tolerant crops that can withstand flooding. An international research team with the participation of Associate Professor Kim Hebelstrup from the Department of Molecular Biology and…

Karl Anker Jørgensen was born in 1955, and since 1993 he has been a professor of chemistry at Aarhus University. In addition to a brilliant research career, he was previously an athlete, and in the 1970s he won several Danish championships, including in the decathlon. Karl Anker Jørgensen has published 440 articles in international journals, and his articles have been quoted approx. 37,000 times. Photo: Lars Kruse

2019.09.27 |

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen receives H.C. Ørsted Gold Medal in Chemistry

For the first time in 30 years, a gold H.C. Ørsted Medal has been awarded. The recipient is Karl Anker Jørgensen, chemistry professor from Aarhus University. He has been awarded the medal for his internationally ground-breaking research in the field of catalytic chemistry and his exceptional ability to communicate scientific results to a broader…

2019.09.13 |

Danish-led research project couples academia with industry to pave the way for sustainable production of chemicals

The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University is heading a new international and intersectoral project, which will create 100 per cent pure, natural and sustainable chemical products by mimicking the metabolism of living organisms. The project is potentially ground-breaking for one of the world's most polluting industries.

Jens Holbech receives the Research Communication Prize as a recognition of excellence and innovation in the communication of knowledge from the university to the public. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU

2019.09.13 |

Jens Holbech receives the Research Communication Prize 2019

The Aarhus University Anniversary Foundation Research Communication Prize 2019 goes to senior consultant Jens Dybkjær Holbech, Faculty of Science and Technology

2019.09.16 |

Ten projects to conduct research into a climate-friendly future for agriculture

Mogens Jensen, Minister for Food, is launching ten projects totalling DKK 90 million. Among other things, the projects aim to find solutions to reducing greenhouse gases from agriculture. Researchers from Aarhus University are involved in all ten projects.

Aarhus University. Photo: Ida Marie Jensen, AU Foto.

2019.09.16 |

DKK 16 million for daring experiments at Aarhus University

The VILLUM FOUNDATION has granted approx. DKK 16 million to eight research projects at Aarhus University. The eight researchers behind the projects are all from Science and Technology, and the projects have been selected anonymously based on how innovative and daring they are.

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2019.09.09 |

Competitive tendering of public sector consultancy cancelled

The Minister for Food and the Minister for Environment have announced that they are cancelling the former government's requirement for competitive tendering for university research and consultancy services for the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark.

Professor Dame Carol Robinson.

2019.09.09 |

Chemistry professor awarded honorary doctorate at AU

Professor Dame Carol Robinson is at the forefront of cutting-edge research in three-dimensional structures of proteins and she is an important collaborator for AU professor Poul Nissen. At Aarhus University's annual celebration on 13 September she will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Aarhus University.

Line Pedersen. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto

2019.09.09 |

Master’s degree student in food technology awarded Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s Travel Grant

At Aarhus University's annual celebration 13 September 2019, Line Pedersen, who is a master's degree student in Molecular nutrition and food technology, will be awarded Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s Travel Grant of DKK 25,000. Read more about her and the other three award winners.

The four molecular biologists behind the spin-out company omiics (from left): Yan Yan, Morten Venø, Junyi Su and Susanne Venø (photo: Kenneth Frydensbjerg)

2019.09.06 |

Molecular biologists are successful with spin-out company

Four molecular biologists from Aarhus University have started a spin-out company that offers to identify very small differences between biological samples with a special technique. The researchers build on the experience they gained when they were students and postdocs at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics/iNANO with a special…

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2019.09.04 |

Follow-up on criticism of report on the climate impact of beef and veal

Rector Brian Bech Nielsen has asked Science and Technology to investigate thoroughly the issue about the report on the climate impact of beef and veal and take the action necessary. Preparation of the report has been deplorable. There has not been the necessary arm's length from external stakeholders, and this has called into question the…

Photo: Jesper Rais

2019.09.02 |

Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture recalls beef report

The DCA - the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture and the authors of a report on the climate impact of beef have decided to recall the report, as it does not live up to the university's standards for arm's length and independent research. The academic content of the report is to undergo an independent international assessment by peer review.

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