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From left: Professor Torben Sigsgaard - Department of Public Health, Carsten Suhr Jacobsen, head of department - Department of Environmental Science, Professor Carsten Bøcker Pedersen - Department of Economics and Business Economics, Professor Clive Eric Sabel - director of BERTHA , Rikke Dalgaard, centre manager - BERTHA, Professor Ole Hertel - Department of Environmental Science, Dean Niels Christian Nielsen - Science and Technology, Clinical Professor Christian Erikstrup - Department of Clinical Medicine. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)

2018.12.14 |

The cork pops for BERTHA

A newly opened research centre is to investigate how modern life affects our health and illness by bringing together expertise from three out of four faculties. The new centre is called BERTHA, and it was officially opened on Monday 10 December in Roskilde.

2018.12.07 |

A blubber coat and large amounts of fish keep Denmark’s smallest whale, the porpoise, alive in the cold winter

Porpoises are among the world’s smallest marine mammals, but despite their small size they need to maintain a body temperature of 37 degrees year-round, just like all other mammals. We, land-living mammals, would soon succumb to the ice-cold water where the temperature gets down to zero degrees in winter. How do the porpoises meet the challenge?

Impressive sleigh: TowTEM consists of two sleighs, which, using electromagnetic waves, map the underground in 3D down to 50 meters in depth in an unprecedented degree of detail while being pulled by an ATV. Professor Esben Auken (No. 5 from the left) answers questions from Niels Due Jensen (by his side) and Vice-Dean Kurt Nielsen. To the left Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Director of Poul Due Jensen Foundation. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard.
Electronics engineer Søren Møller Dath showing Niels Due Jensen, Kurt Nielsen and Esben Auken, how the computer-equipped ATV gathers data from the subsoil via the sleighs. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard.
In Niels Peter Revsbech's sensor laboratory, postdoc Deby Fapyane is telling Niels Due Jensen about the nitrite and CO2 sensors that she helps developing - while Niels Peter Revsbech (left) is listening. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard.
The guests from Poul Due Jensen Foundation are listening attentively: From left to right, former chairman Niels Due Jensen, Executive Director Kim Nøhr Skibsted and Program Manager Poul Toft Frederiksen. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard.

2018.12.06 |

Poul Due Jensen Foundation extremely pleased with cooperation with AU

A prominent delegation from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation visited Science and Technology to see what the Foundation's donation of DKK 40 million to the Aarhus University Centre for Water Technology (WATEC) is being spent on, and to talk about other ways they could work with AU. Both guests and hosts could see great potential for further…

Photo: Colourbox

2018.12.04 |

New centre focusing on life impacts

There is not much knowledge about the effects of environmental and social impacts on health, quality of life and causes of death. A newly established research centre is now working to find out, by applying big data and an interdisciplinary approach to the area.

[Translate to English:] Der kan vise sig mange muligheder for at finde sammenhæng mellem forurening og folkesundhed i en dråbe blod. Nyt forskningscenter forsøger at finde ny viden. (Ill: Colourbox).

2018.12.06 |

The ties of blood

The adverse health effects from air pollution, for example, are quite well known. But we do not know how exposure may develop into diseases over the course of a whole life. A new research centre at Aarhus University will attempt to link a unique database with state-of-the art approaches in order to uncover the connection between blood and the…

Assistant Professor Anne E. B. Nielsen, Department of Physics and Astronomy receives the Sapere Aude research leaders grant for her research of anyons with exceptional properties. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan, the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Associate Professor Wolf Eiserhardt, Department of Bioscience - Section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity receives the Sapere Aude research leaders for his research on the explanation for diversity of rainforest species. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan, the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Assistant Professor Klaus Koren, Department of Bioscience - Section for Microbiology, WATEC receives the Sapere Aude research leaders for his research on new technology to measure ammonia in the aquatic environment. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan, the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Associate Professor Jevgenijs Ivanovs, Department of Mathematics receives the Sapere Aude research leaders grant on reliable risk assessment. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan, the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Sapere Aude is the career programme under the Independent Research Fund Denmark, and it aims to develop the skills of the most talented researchers nationally and internationally. "Sapere Aude" is Latin and it means "have courage to think for yourself" or "dare to think freely".

2018.12.05 |

Four talented researchers from Science and Technology awarded Sapere Aude funding

Four young researchers from Science and Technology are among the 34 extraordinarily skilled researchers who together are to receive DKK 192 million (EUR 25 million) from the Independent Research Fund Denmark’s Sapere Aude initiative.

Rewilding with Konik horses in Geding-Kasted Marsh, Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Jens-Christian Svenning
Professor Jens Christian Svenning (photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo)

2018.12.07 |

Marie Curie grant for interdisciplinary research to enhance the scientific basis of sustainable, green landscape development

Professor and VILLUM Investigator Jens-Christian Svenning from the Department of Bioscience and the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) has received a grant of about DKK 3.9 million (EUR 0.5 million) to investigate how the nature of European landscapes has evolved over the past 10,000 years, and how this knowledge can…

[Translate to English:] I fremtiden kan rådnende tang blive værdifuld for fiskeopdræt. Nyt projekt vil undersøge mulighederne (Foto: Colourbox)
Enchytraeus albidus bliver op mod fire cm. lang, og kan vise sig en guldgrube for fiskeopdræt i fremtiden. (Foto: Martin Holmstrup)

2018.12.06 |

Rotten gold?

Over the next three years, a project run from Denmark will investigate how to create value based on a foul-smelling nuisance on beaches: rotting seaweed. It turns out that seaweed is home to a small worm which may be of great value for fish farming if the optimal living conditions for the worm can be identified. The project recently received a DKK…

Three recipients of ERC Consolidator Grants come from Science and Technology. (Ill: Colourbox)

2018.12.04 |

Three ERC Consolidator Grants for researchers at Science and Technology

The recipients of the coveted Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) have just been announced. Aarhus University has received six out of the seven Danish grants, and three recipients come from Science and Technology.

Sperm whales exemplify the evolutionary drive for highly intense echolocation – their nose is a massive sound generator that can take up as much as 1/3rd of the body size of an adult male. Photo: Chris Johnson.
Small toothed whales, like the harbor porpoise that is found in Danish waters, echolocate at much higher frequencies than large toothed whales, helping them maintain a narrow biosonar. Photo: Ecomare/Salko de Wolf [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

2018.11.15 |

A bigger nose, a bigger bang: size matters for echolocating toothed whales

Whales, dolphins, and porpoises have all evolved to use similar narrow beams of high intensity sound to echolocate prey. Far from being inefficient, this highly focused sense may have helped them succeed as top predators in the world's oceans.

An artist’s depiction of the iron meteorite hurtling through space before impacting in northwest Greenland. Grafics: NASA
Map of Greenland showing the location of the Hiawatha impact crater in Inglefield Land, along the northwest margin of the Greenland Ice sheet.
Close-up of the northwestern ice-sheet margin in Inglefield Land. The Hiawatha impact crater was discovered beneath the semi-circular ice margin. The structure is also imprinted on the shape of the ice surface, even though it lies nearly 1000 meters below the ice surface. Hiawatha is named after outlet glacier at the edge of the ice sheet. The name was given by Lauge Koch in 1922 during an expedition around northern Greenland, while thinking of the pre-colonial native American leader and co-founder of the Iroquois Confederacy. Grafics: NASA

2018.11.14 |

Massive impact crater from a kilometre-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland

An international team lead by researchers from University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth’s continental ice sheets. The researchers worked for last three…

Professor Gregers Rom Andersen (left), Cryo-EM Facility Manager Thomas Boesen and Professor Poul Nissen in front of the Titan-Krios flagship microscope at Aarhus University (photo: Lisbeth Heilesen).

2018.11.08 |

DKK 30 million for high-tech electron microscopes for research in molecular cell biology

The Minister for Higher Education and Science has approved funding for three new research infrastructures, of which DKK 30.76 million goes to EMBION – a research infrastructure for cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) on biological materials.

2018.11.02 |

Researches develop new protein for prevention of influenza virus infection

An international research team has developed a new protein drug which has the potential to be used for protection against all types of influenza infection. By delivering the drug as a DNA vector it may also function as a universal influenza vaccine.

2018.11.01 |

New insight into the mechanism of the drug against sclerosis and psoriasis

A multidisciplinary research team at Aarhus University has provided fundamental new insight into the mechanism of the medical drug dimethyl fumarate, which is the active component of important treatments for multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. The results contribute to the development of new strategies for drug discovery.

2018.11.01 |

Aarhus University new partner in major European innovation network in the food sector

Aarhus University has been appointed as a new partner in the EIT Food consortium. The EIT Food Consortium consists of over 50 partners from 13 European countries, including leading international food companies, research centers and universities.

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