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Poul Nissen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Poto: Lisbeth Heilesen/AU.
Thomas Poulsen, Department of Chemistry. Photo: PURE/AU

2019.05.10 |

Two grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Foundation grants two researchers from Science and Technology each DKK 10 million for research projects within biotechnology and biomedicine.

On 3 May, the Department of Engineering opened its 2,100 m2 Deep Tech Experimental Hub research facility. The experimental hub is a critical element in developing research-based engineering science study programmes. These are a strategic focus for Aarhus University. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.

2019.05.13 |

Record Independent Research Fund Denmark grants for ST

Independent Research Fund Denmark has granted a total of DKK 133.4 mill. to 39 research projects at ST, almost half of which are within technology and production.

"Designing electronic systems today is very often a matter of trial and error, and it costs a lot of money and takes a long time. If you can make the workflow simple and virtual with a model that simulates perfectly the finished product, you can save an awful lot of time and money," says Christian Møldrup Legaard, who, as an MSc in Engineering student will be attached to the new AU Centre for Digital Twins, which opens on 6 May. Photo: Ida Marie Jensen, AU Foto.

2019.05.06 |

New centre for digital twins: "The idea of being able to design and debug the entire system before you build it is absolutely fantastic"

24-year-old Christian Møldrup Legaard is studying for an MSc in Engineering in computer engineering. He will soon be a part of Aarhus University's new Centre for Digital Twins, and he believes that this new trend in digital systems can save a lot of money and grey hair.

Reintroduction of beavers was carried out as a rewilding project in Klosterhede Plantage. An international research team now proposes guidelines for how citizens should be involved in the planning of rewilding. Photo: Jens-Christian Svenning, AU
Jens-Christian Svenning and a capybara in the Argentine Esteros del Ibera region, where he leads a research project (primarily financed by the Carlsberg Foundation and the VILLUM Foundation) for rewilding the ecosystem. Photo: Else Magård, AU
The three-dimensional model developed by scientists to illustrate the state of ecosystems before (the red triangle) and after a rewilding action (the yellow triangle). The three axes represent the three core processes of rewilding, each affecting each other. The dotted lines around the yellow triangle indicate the social boundaries of how far one can go with rewilding. Graphics: Laetitia M. Navarro, Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
rewilding effort in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, society has followed a paradigm of minimal to no intervention. The area is considered one of the most iconic natural experiments on rewilding in recent history. The photo is taken with a camera trap. Photo: Chornobyl Center, Ukraine

2019.04.28 |

How to make wild and autonomous nature

An international team of researchers have worked to clarify what rewilding actually is, and how best to design and implement rewilding as a practical tool to reverse the global losses of biodiversity.

Poul Nissen (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen/AU)

2019.04.25 |

Poul Nissen receives EUR 1.34 million to study the insulin receptor

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded Professor Poul Nissen a five-year grant in the form of a so-called "NNF Distinguished Investigator 2019 grant" within "Bioscience and Basic Biomedicine", which is given to researchers who have shown their ability to carry out and lead research at the very highest international level.

2019.04.23 |

Researchers reveal how bacteria can adapt to resist treatment by antibiotics

In a joint collaboration, researchers from Denmark and Switzerland have shown that bacteria produce a specific stress molecule, divide more slowly, and thus save energy when they are exposed to antibiotics. The new knowledge is expected to form the basis for development of a new type of antibiotics.

Structure of the calciumpump highlighting where the minor (blue spheres) and major (red spheres) differences between calciumpumps are located in the structure. With this knowledge it is possible to target specific pumps.

2019.04.11 |

New insights into calcium transport may help develop new drugs

A normal function of the heart and nerve system is, among other things, dependent on proper regulation of calcium in the cells. This process depends on the proper functioning of the calcium pump. New studies of the calcium pump structure give new insight into this process, which may help with the development of new drugs for treatment such as…

As well as being Denmark's first centre for digital twins, the centre is also one of the world's first attempts to work academically on the topic in a research context. Here part of the engineering campus at Aarhus University. Photo: AU Foto.

2019.04.08 |

Aarhus University opens Denmark's first Centre for Digital Twins

With a donation of more than DKK 12 million from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University is opening the doors to a new centre for long-term research into digital real-time models of cyber-physical systems -so-called digital twins.

Bo Brummerstedt Iversen from the Department of Chemistry is receiving DKK 39.8 mill. (EUR 5.3 mill.) to develop dynamic crystallography. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.
Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen from the Department of Chemistry is receiving DKK 39.9 mill. (EUR 5.3 mill.) for green catalysis. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.
Professor Henrik Stapelfeldt from the Department of Chemistry is receiving DKK 30.2 mill. (EUR 4 mill) to film the atoms in molecules during chemical reactions. Photo: Lise Balsby.
Professor Lars Birkedal from the Department of Computer Science is receiving DKK 35.4 mill. (EUR 4.72 mill.) to set up a centre for basic research into programme verification. Photo: AU
Professor Yong P. Chen is offered DKK 40 mill (EUR 5,36) to experiment with hybrid quantum materials. Photo: Purdue University

2019.04.05 |

Villum Foundation to donate DKK 185 mill. to research at Aarhus University

Five professors in computer science, chemistry and physics have been selected as Villum Investigators, and each will receive between DKK 30 and 40 mill. (EUR 4 - 5.4 mill.) for their research over the next six years.

For the second time in his career, Professor Jens Stougaard from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for research in plant molecular biology. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, AU.

2019.03.28 |

Jens Stougaard receives prestigious grant from the European Research Council

For the second time in his career, Professor Jens Stougaard from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for research in plant molecular biology. The amount awarded is EUR 2.5 million and runs over five years.

Professor Rune Hartmann (left) and Postdoc Hans Henrik Gad have - in collaboration with German and Swedish research groups - shown how a protein called IFN-λ can both fight a viral infection directly, but also boost the formation of new antibodies against the virus. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, AU.

2019.03.19 |

When the immune system is multitasking

An international research team has shown how a protein called IFN-λ can both fight a viral infection directly, but also boost the formation of new antibodies against the virus. The discovery gives new important knowledge about how different parts of the immune system communicate and will make it easier to make more effective vaccines, especially…

Electrical cable bacteria were discovered in Aarhus Bay by researchers from Aarhus University, who have described five species of these bacteria so far: three from Aarhus Bay and two from Giber stream. The first species was naturally given the name Electrothrix aarhusiensis. This is a cross section of a cable bacterium with its characteristic ridges containing electrical wires. Photo: Chr. Bortolini & K. Thomsen.
Staining of the different nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) shows great variation between cells in a cable bacterium and the attraction of other bacteria that may cooperate electrically with cable bacteria. Photo: Britta Poulsen.
Cable bacteria act as electrical cables several centimetres in length in the seabed. Photo: Steffen Larsen

2019.03.18 |

Electric bacteria in the spotlight

Several years ago, researchers from Aarhus discovered a curious form of electric life on the seafloor. Since then it has become increasingly clear that a significant part of the bacterial world is electrified. Leading researchers from around the world will set this life form in focus at the first-ever electromicrobiology conference, held on March…

Photo: Lars Kruse

2019.03.21 |

Increase in applications to IT and engineering degree programmes

Quota 2 applications to IT and engineering degree programmes at Aarhus University have increased significantly, while there has been a slight fall in applications to the university’s degree programmes as a whole compared to 2018, according to the Quota 2 application tally for 2019.

The well-preserved corpse of the Skrydstrup woman, who was 17-18 years old when she was buried approximately 3,300 years ago. New strontium analyses from the area around the burial mound show that she probably lived all her short life in the region, and she did not travel to the region from afar, as suggested by previous analyses. Photo: Roberto Fortuna and Kira Ursem, National Museum, Denmark. License: CC-BY-SA
Strontium signatures near the Egtved girl's burial mound. Light blue dots mark water holes where the strontium signature is significantly higher than had previously been reported for Denmark. Dark blue marks water holes where the strontium signature is slightly above previous values. Yellow marks water holes where the strontium signature is within what had previously been reported. In the topographical map, the Vejle river valley is shown clearly in shades of green, while the moorland plain west of the river valley is shown in yellow and orange. The brown bars below the map show the values measured for the Egtved girl and the artefacts she had with her in the grave, while the values from the water holes on the map have been summarised in the green bar.  Graphics: Erik Thomsen and Rasmus Andreasen, AU

2019.03.14 |

New research indicates that the Egtved girl and the Skrydstrup woman were Danish

The Egtved girl and Skrydstrup woman were probably born and raised within a few kilometres of the Bronze Age burial mound they were buried in. Previously, strontium analyses have shown that they could not have come from Denmark, but according to researchers from the Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University, these studies failed to take into…

Milk production affects more than just the climate - it also has an impact on e.g. biodiversity and soil carbon storage. Photo: Colourbox

2019.03.11 |

Milk production affects more than the climate

When assessing the impact of food on the environment, it is important to look at not only the climate, but also biodiversity, ecotoxicity and soil carbon changes.

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