News from the senior management team no. 29/2018

Celebrating the university’s 90th anniversary in style

On 11 September 1928, 64 students took their seats in hired classrooms at ‘University Teaching in Jutland’. 90 years later, 500 people took their seats in the Main Hall to celebrate Aarhus University’s 90th anniversary and the pioneers who created it – and to look to the future. 

This year’s celebration speech was made by Professor Lotte Bøgh Andersen of the Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership. She was also the recipient of this year’s Aarhus University Anniversary Foundation Research Communication Prize. Associate Professor Tove Hedegaard Jørgensen of the Department of Bioscience received the Anniversary Foundation Prize of Honour for Pedagogics.  

Queen Margrethe II’s travel grants were also awarded, and honorary doctorates were conferred. 
This year’s distinguished alumnus, Ulrik Federspiel, former top diplomat and permanent secretary, made a speech as well, as did Chair of the Board Connie Hedegaard and Rector Brian Bech Nielsen – true to tradition . 

Minister for Higher Education and Science Tommy Ahlers was also in attendance, and Rector Bech Nielsen had a very special birthday wish for him. 

AIAS welcomes 16 new fellows 

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) has announced the names of 16 new fellows. 

The new fellows are internationally respected junior and senior researchers who have been selected on the basis of a comprehensive international peer-review process. At AIAS, they will be part of a research team of 34 fellows from many different research institutions worldwide who are conducting research within a wide range of fields, including health, the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Of the 16 new fellows, two are from Aarhus University.

An AIAS fellowship gives researchers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their research for a longer period of time while simultaneously contributing to AU’s research programmes through networking and cooperation. The first nine will start on 1 October, and the rest will follow in February 2019.

How would you organise the university of tomorrow?

Be inspired by three after-work meetings

Over the next few weeks, staff and students at AU will be able to attend after-work meetings aiming to provide inspiration for the structure of future teaching and academic environments at AU. Three meetings have been arranged to date so as to provide staff and students with ideas for how the new campus at University City could be organised and how the current campus at Katrinebjerg could be developed further.  

The speakers will each present their own thoughts and cases on topics such as how to create a good, futureproof campus environment, with everything that entails.

Come and be inspired by the speakers’ ideas and experiences with regard to how we can create the learning environments of tomorrow. The meetings will start with a presentation, after which there will be time for questions and debate. All meetings will be held between 15:00 and 16:00 at the Merete Barker lecture theatre (the Lakeside Lecture Theatres). The meetings are scheduled to take place on 25 September, 1 October and 9 October.

After-work meetings are a part of the consultation process which will continue until 1 November 2018.


  • 21 September: 90th birthday at the University Park
  • 1 October: University Board meeting
  • 8 October: Inauguration of the Skou Building and opening of an exhibition about Jens Christian Skou on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth 
  • 8 October: 2018 East Jutland Summit with Business Region Aarhus 
  • 2 November: Aarhus Symposium
  • 5 November: Network event for senior managers in the upper secondary sector
  • 22 November: Joint meeting of the Main Occupational Health and Safety Committee and the Main Liaison Committee
  • 30 November: Conference on gender balance

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