News from the senior management team no. 1/2018


Rector celebrates 196 talented young people with academic potential

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. 

Sign up for the PhD Cup for dissemination of research 

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.

AU researchers among main driving forces behind 2017's Danish Research Result

Readers of communication portal 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.

Millions from Carlsberg Foundation to School of Culture and Society

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.

Grants for Health researchers

A number of researchers from Health have got 2018 off to a good start with new grants. 

Kristian Thorn re-hired as Deputy Director for AU Student Administration and Services

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). 

Welcome to the light rail – and take care in traffic

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.

New rates in connection with business trips

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. 


  • 11‑26 January:  Election to the occupational health and safety organisation
  • 16 January:  Information meeting on Innovation Fund Denmark's calls for applications in 2018
  • 26 January: Innovation Fund Denmark's awards ceremony
  • 22 February: Aarhus University board meeting
  • 1 March: Presentation of Elite Research Prizes at the Opera House
  • 12-13 March: International panel evaluates AIAS
  • 14 March: Second negotiation meeting for the framework contract
  • 20 March: Breaking ground for the new Department of Food Science building in Aarhus



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