News from the senior management team no. 17/2018

Nobel Laureate, medical doctor and physiologist Jens Christian Skou has died 

Medical doctor and physiologist from Aarhus University, Emeritus Professor Jens Christian Skou, recipient of the most coveted and prestigious honorary award, The Nobel Prize, died on 28 May 2018. He was 99 years old.

Connie Hedegaard: University must continue positive development

The board met on Thursday and Friday at the Sandbjerg Estate for a combined strategy seminar and board meeting. 

At the seminar, the board tackled the subject of the development of the Aarhus University strategy to replace the current strategy which applies until 2020. After the seminar, Connie Hedegaard, chair of the board, stated that the university must continue its positive development by creating strong educational and research programmes.

At a political level, the chair is calling for a consistent approach to higher education degree programmes, emphasising the need for more of an international perspective. 

Superb inauguration for Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership 

A very special alumnus from the Department of Political Science agreed to perform the inauguration ceremony for the new Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership on Wednesday, 23 May. HRH Crown Prince Frederik and the Crown Princess were in attendance throughout the day and were involved in both the academic and the celebratory elements of the day’s programme, which also included a speech by Tommy Ahlers, Minister for Higher Education and Science.

This interdisciplinary centre has been made possible thanks to a donation made by the foundation Købmand Hermann Sallings Fond.

At the inauguration of the centre, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Pia Kjærsgaard, chair of the Danish Parliament, presented a gift from the Danish Parliament – a work of art donated by the New Carlsberg Foundation. 

Rector Brian Bech Nielsen, chair Connie Hedegaard and the new centre director Professor Lotte Bøgh Andersen welcomed everyone present on behalf of Aarhus University.


Holst Knudsen: 60th anniversary of prestigious award

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first time the Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research was presented. One of Denmark’s oldest, most prestigious awards was presented at Aarhus University on Wednesday, 30 May.

The winners of the 2018 Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research are Professor Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Professor Annette Vissing-Jørgensen, University of California, Berkeley and Haas School of Business and graduate of Aarhus University 

This award is presented every year to two researchers who have achieved the highest level of academic distinction and international recognition in their careers. The Aarhus University Research Foundation also presented five PhD awards on the same occasion.

Welfare state for debate at MatchPoints Seminar

“The welfare state is part of our everyday lives, but we must not take it for granted.” With these words, Rector Brian Bech Nielsen began this year’s MatchPoints Seminar on the welfare state of the future.

The Lakeside Lecture Theatres hosted an event attended by around 200 researchers, students, welfare sector employees and other interested parties for three days starting on Thursday, 24 May, discussing potential solutions to the challenges that the Danish welfare state is facing. Welfare theatre and robot theatre were both on the agenda, besides workshops and panel debates.

Keynote speakers at the seminar included Nobel Prize winner Professor James Heckman of the University of Chicago, whose research shows that society can save huge amounts of money by investing correctly in the first few years of vulnerable children’s lives. The second keynote speaker was Professor Guy Standing of the University of London, an advocate of universal basic income. 

As in previous years, the Concert Hall Aarhus provided a backdrop for the event on Friday evening, with a panel debate on stage, and the seminar drew to a close on Saturday afternoon. 

New head at Department of Clinical Medicine

Professor Jørgen Frøkiær will take over as head of the Department of Clinical Medicine on 1 July. He brings with him a cultural understanding based on long-standing knowledge of the research and teaching that takes place at both the department and Aarhus University Hospital. He will be taking over from Kristjar Skajaa.

More answers on new Campus 2.0

There were lots of questions asked by attendees to the general meeting held on 2 May concerning the development of the AU campus over the next decade, but there was no time to answer all of them. More answers can now be viewed as a follow-up. The questions included topics such as the location of academic environments and administration, parking on the new site, University City and rent expenses.

An overview of many of the most frequently asked questions about Campus 2.0 and the answers to them has also been prepared. View FAQ 


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