A celebration was held at Viby Gymnasium on Thursday, 11 January for 196 talented young upper secondary school students from all over the Central Denmark Region. This coincided with the completion of their two-year programme at Akademiet for Talentfulde Unge (the academy for talented young people) alongside their general upper secondary education.
Rector Brian Bech Nielsen participated in the diploma award ceremony. In his address to the young people, he praised them not only for their talent, but also for the fact that they have decided to use this as a springboard rather than resting on their laurels. He encouraged the young people to work hard, stay curious and hold on to their the desire to reach their goals in their quest for new knowledge. In return, he promised that Aarhus University will work hard to provide the framework, teaching and research necessary to allow talented young people to realise their potential.
Akademiet for Talentfulde Unge came into being in 2011 and aims to help ‘upgrade’ the daily efforts of talented young people, strengthen their academic skills development and naturally lead them into higher education. This is why much of their work at the academy takes place at Aarhus University.
DR, Information and the Lundbeck Foundation are holding the PhD Cup awards again this year, where Denmark's recent PhD graduates compete with regard to dissemination of research. Everyone who has obtained approval for their PhD dissertations in 2017 can register. The deadline is 31 January. The winner will be announced at the grand finale show to be broadcast on TV from DR's Koncerthuset.
Readers of communication portal videnskab.dk have named the GenomeDenmark research project Danish Research Result of the Year for 2017 (in Danish). Researchers from Aarhus University were among the driving forces, alongside colleagues from the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and Chinese gene analysis company BGI Europe.
The Carlsberg Foundation has granted sums in excess of DKK 6 million to researchers at the School of Culture and Society (in Danish). This funding is being awarded to a Distinguished Associate Professor scholarship and two postdoc scholarships.
A number of researchers from Health have got 2018 off to a good start with new grants.
The appointments committee has made a unanimous decision to re-hire Kristian Thorn as Deputy Director for AU Student Administration and Services at Aarhus University (in Danish).
Just before Christmas, the new light rail started to operate on its first section between Aarhus Central Station and AUH in Skejby. The light rail has two stops at AU – on Randersvej east of the University Park, and at the junction of Nordre Ringgade and Randersvej. Aarhus University welcomes the light rail and reminds all staff and students to be particularly alert when in the vicinity of tracks and stops.
The Danish Ministry of Finance has adjusted the allowance rates for additional expenses on business trips. The new rates came into force on 1 January 2018.
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