Festival of Research

Information to the researchers


Aarhus University will be opening its doors to the general public on Wednesday 22 April 2020 from 14:00 to 18:00 in and around Stakladen. This is an opportunity for you and your fellow researchers to present your work to a popular audience in connection with the annual nationwide Festival of Research.

Your research will reach a broad audience
Historically, at least 1,000 members of the general public visit us during the Festival of Research, which is a free event open to all. In addition, the promotion of the event will draw great attention to Aarhus University’s activities, among other things through the distribution of the event programme to approx. 120,000 households in and around Aarhus, banners and digital billboards in the city, online advertising as well as direct marketing to relevant stakeholders. We also make a special effort to generate media coverage of the event and the research that is presented.

Excellent research
The goal is to give the general public an impression of the entire spectrum of excellent research which contributes to Aarhus University's international reputation as a broad, research-intensive university of excellence.

The Festival of Research is intended to encourage the communication of a broad variety of research fields to a wide audience. All academic staff from all faculties are welcome to contribute activities, and the Festival of Research is a great opportunity to increase public awareness of your research area. 

How to get involved
Both seasoned researchers and junior research talents can get involved, and all proposals for activities are welcome: the more spectacular, inspiring and interactive, the better. You can present your research through one of the following types of activities, which have previously been well-received by the public:

  • Speed lectures lasting 10 or 20 minutes (including question time), in which you present your area of research in an engaging and entertaining way. 
  • A stand in the lobby with hands-on experiments, workshops, exhibits or other activities that involve visitors.
  • Interdisciplinary panel discussions or workshops that involve the audience.

What you DON’T need to worry about ...
AU’s Events and Communication Support team will handle:

  • Logistics related to booking rooms 
  • Logistics related to tables, chairs, poster walls, power for stands, etc.
  • Marketing of the event

Register before Friday 28 February
Fill out the registration form and send it to Charlotte Boel at cbo@au.dk no later than Friday 28 February 2020. Write a description in five lines of the research you want to present in easily understandable language with a catchy heading which can be used as a teaser for your activity in the programme. It is important that everyone can understand the presentation of your activity.

More information
Find out more here, or contact AU’s Festival of Research project manager:
Charlotte Boel, tel. +45 3069 8081 or email: cbo@au.dk

You will receive more practical information from us in mid-March.