News from the senior management team no. 2/2020

Curie Medal puts Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen in the company of Nobel Prize winners

When he receives the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal, Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen from AU will be joining an impressive club of ground-breaking chemists from all over the world. Several of them are Nobel Prize winners. He will be the first ever researcher from Aarhus University to receive the Curie Medal. With this recognition, Karl Anker Jørgensen takes yet another step upwards as an international world-class researcher, thanks to his cutting-edge results in the field of asymmetric catalysis. 

“It can be boiled down to a single word. Big!” says Karl Anker Jørgensen when asked how he feels about receiving the medal. 

The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal will be awarded at the annual meeting of the Polish Chemical Society in September.      

New dean: Tech will be the faculty of collaboration

Eskild Holm Nielsen took up his position as the dean of the new Faculty of Technical Sciences at the turn of the year, and he is now consolidating the new faculty and setting its strategic direction. 

New insight causes a change in estimates of nitrogen emissions following publication of NOVANA report 

In the case on changed estimates of nitrogen emissions, Peter Henriksen, head of the Department of Bioscience, has told several media that the change is not due to a miscalculation, but is rather the result of an adjustment of the model applied, which means that the calculation basis for the emissions estimates can be improved.

Do you have input for AU’s coming climate strategy?

Are you interested in how Aarhus University can reduce its carbon emissions? Join us on 29 January at a meeting of AU’s sustainability network to discuss the university's draft climate strategy. The contributions from student and staff will be summarised and presented to the AU board together with the consultation responses from other parts of the university. 

Buildings in the University City to get sustainability certification

Work to make Aarhus University even more sustainable is in full swing. Most recently, the Campus 2.0 steering committee has decided that several buildings in the University City are to be certified under the voluntary Danish DGNB certification scheme, which assesses buildings according to different sustainability criteria.

University Director Arnold Boon is pleased with the university's stronger focus on future-proof, sustainable building and construction.

DKK 29.4 million (EUR 4 million) from the Villum Foundation for three research talents

Three young research talents at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Aarhus University with ambitions to forge their own, independent research profiles have received grants under the Villum Young Investigator programme.

ERC grant is to strengthen quantum science leap towards the labour market

Jacob Sherson, professor with special assignments, has set out to future-proof implementation of the huge economic perspectives in break-throughs in quantum physics.  Backed by an ERC grant, Jacob Sherson wants to determine what non-physics competencies can support the growth potential for knowledge-intensive industry. The project is a proof-of-concept project, and funding is given to former recipients of ERC grants that have proved to have socio-economic potentials and perspectives. 

Apply for publication support grants before 20 February

All AU employees can now apply to the Aarhus University Research Foundation for grants to support the dissemination of scientific work and other activities at the university.

In 2020, the pool for publication support grants has been increased to a total of DKK 2.5 million (EUR 0.33 million). Grants are awarded twice annually, and the first application deadline is on 20 February. The next application deadline is 4 September.

AU employees get discounts on MatchPoints

Registration for this year's MatchPoints Seminar on 23-25 April is now open. AU employees qualify for a discount on ticket prices and only pay DKK 500 for a ticket. The standard price is DKK 1,750.

This time, MatchPoints will focus on the Danish-German relationship: Historically, culturally, economically and politically.