News from the Senior Management Team no. 1/2019

AU to host debate on freedom of research

All staff and students are welcome to participate in an open debate on freedom of research to be held at the Lakeside Lecture Theatres on 28 January. The event will take place in Danish.

This event is an offshoot of the study on pressure on freedom of research that was carried out by VIVE – the Danish Center for Social Science Research on behalf of Aarhus University 

The following will be participating in the debate:

  • Thomas Bjørnholm, Research Director at the Villum Foundation
  • Anne Marie Engel, Head of Talent & Career Programmes at the Lundbeck Foundation
  • Peter Munk Christiansen, Head of Department and former Chair of Independent Research Fund Denmark
  • Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Professor and Chair of the Academic Council at ST
  • Gitte Blicher-Mathiesen, Senior Adviser at the Department of Bioscience
  • Heine Andersen, Professor Emeritus at the University of Copenhagen
  • Brian Bech Nielsen, Rector at Aarhus University

Read the entire programme for the debate, which will take place at the Lakeside Lecture Theatres between 1pm and 4pm on Monday, 28 January (in Danish)

Aarhus University concludes two more municipal agreements

Aarhus University has concluded two new municipal agreements since the start of the new year; first with the Municipality of Odder, and then with the Municipality of Herning. AU has maintained close cooperation with Herning for a long time, with the AU campus in Herning and other initiatives, and the already close relationship is being extended thanks to the new agreement.

The AU campus in Herning maintains a successful working relationship with the business community, and that knowledge forms the basis for strengthening cooperation with business and industry throughout the university.

Another obvious priority area for research will involve making more students aware of the job opportunities available in Central and Western Jutland.

The Municipality of Odder is also interested in attracting students and a highly educated workforce to local companies. The Odder agreement also points out partnerships relating to development of democracy and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Three new Master of Science in Engineering degree programmes at Aarhus University

As of summer 2019, Aarhus University will be offering three new five-year MSc in Engineering degree programmes, paving the way for a total of 240 new student places. This increase in the number of student places will take place as part of the university’s significant expansion in the field of engineering with a view to meeting the business community’s increased demand for engineering graduates.

In the summer of 2018, students started on two new MSc in Engineering programmes in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, respectively, and now the next three MSc in Engineering programmes in the series have been given the green light from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The three new research-based programmes, MSc in Civil and Architectural Engineering, MSc in Computer Engineering and MSc in Electrical Engineering, will be open for applications from 1 February 2019.

Registration now open for 2019 MatchPoints Seminar

Registration for the MatchPoints Seminar on management to be held on 23-25 May 2019 is now open. This year’s MatchPoints Seminar prioritises discussion with practitioners, and aims to combine communication of the latest research on leadership with the experiences of practitioners. Researchers, managers, politicians and opinion-formers will be among the keynote speakers and participants in the panel discussions. Management training will also be available in smaller groups, where you can work out exactly what kind of management you would like to become better at – and this will be available for managers in the public sector, the private sector and voluntary organisations.

The conference is aimed at managers and others who are involved in leadership tasks but have no formal management qualifications.

Registration options are flexible, so you can participate in parts or all of the seminar.

The 2019 MatchPoints Seminar is organised by Aarhus Municipality, Aarhus University and the Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership, with the Danish University Extension in Aarhus as a partner.

AU part of new EU Life Science network

Professor Gregers Rom Andersen and Professor Poul Nissen from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at AU are part of a new EU project for the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak (ÖKS) region, known as HALOS, which has received a EUR 3.6 million grant from the EU. The EU project is seeking to establish a centre for integrated, world-leading innovation and research in the Life Sciences. The project will also create a unique collaboration between Hamburg and south-western Scandinavia. 

Three AU researchers receive grants from Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Foundation BioInnovation Institute(BII) has awarded Proof of Concept funding for eight research projects. Three of these awards have gone to Aarhus University. All three projects relate to technology that is in the process of commercialisation.

BII is working on bringing research out of the laboratory, and this Proof of Concept grant is awarded to projects with a clear commercial focus. On 29 January, researchers will be able to get specific feedback on concepts/projects for commercialisation of research, as well as information on the options available in the foundation’s various commercialisation programmes.

60 million for biomedical research

Professor Torben Heick Jensen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, has received DKK 60 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme for establishment of the ‘Exo-Adapt’ research centre, which aims to describe how our cells sort genetic information.

Dementia researcher receives DKK 10 million

Leif Østergaard from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital has received a grant of DKK 10 million from the Velux Foundation. The funds will be used to test a new theory about the causes of brain-ageing and dementia.

150th birthday of the founder of the university

If Aarhus University owes its existence to any one person, champion and university founder Victor Albeck is that man. He would have celebrated his 150th birthday on 9 January. Victor Albeck (1869-1933) arrived in Aarhus in 1910 as director of the newly opened Jutland Maternity Clinic, and he quickly took over as head of the nascent movement to make Aarhus a university town. 


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