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Professor and head of department at the Department of Computer Science, Kaj Grønbæk (left), and Professor Peter Gorm Larsen at the Department of Engineering (right). Photo: AU Foto.

2020.03.30 | Department of Engineering

EUR 35 million to solve future challenges for Danish industry

With more than a quarter of a billion DKK, and in close collaboration with more than 50 industrial partners, Danish researchers and experts are now joining forces in the MADE FAST development project, aiming to make Danish production more efficient, flexible and sustainable.

"The microbial culture that has developed in the gut of pandas seems to be quite unique," says Associate Professor Alberto Scoma from the Department of Engineering. Photo: Colourbox.

2020.03.24 | Department of Engineering, Sustainability

Panda poo, ants and slugs could be key to the green fuel of tomorrow

A new research project at Aarhus University will exploit millions of years of evolution to develop sustainable biofuels. Among other things, the solution lies in the digestive system of pandas.

From AU the three faculties Natural Sciences, Technical Sciences and Health participate in the ODIN network. Photo: Jesper Rais, AU Kommunikation

2020.03.11 | Grant

Aarhus University and the pharmaceutical industry join forces on open innovation – a pathway to new medicines

Aarhus University and several international pharmaceutical companies are joining forces in the Open Discovery Innovation Network (ODIN), a ground-breaking open research collaboration for which the Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded a grant of DKK 54.5 million.

On 23 February, 24 European research organisations signed a joint declaration in Paris to transform ambitions into concrete initiatives. Aarhus University has been part of the alliance from the very beginning and is a co-signatory of the declaration, represented by Dean of Technical Sciences Eskild Holm Nielsen. (Photo: Per Kudsk)
”Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture”: AU and 23 other European research institutions want plant protection of the future to be based on agroecological principles instead of chemical pesticides    r. (Photo: INRAE)

2020.03.11 | Department of Agroecology, Faculty of Technical Sciences

European Research Alliance works for agriculture of the future without chemical pesticides

Twenty-four European research organisations from 16 European countries have joined forces in a new research alliance to forge the foundation for reducing dependence on chemical pesticides in EU agriculture. The initiative is called 'Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture', and the collaboration will rethink the way in which research is…

Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen will be acting head of the Department of Engineering as of 1 May 2020. Photo: AU

2020.03.09 | Department of Engineering, People

Thomas Toftegaard resigns as Head of the Department of Engineering

Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen will take over as Acting Head of Department as of 1 May 2020 when Thomas Toftegaard stops

Measuring and documenting gravel and limestone quarries, cliff faces and similar natural and man-made formations is often done using drones that photograph the area. New research may make the pilots superfluous. (NB: The vertical rod on top of the drone carries a wind detector for test purposes, and it is not present on the final version of the drone.) Photo: Erdal Kayacan.

2020.03.09 | Department of Engineering

Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention

Drone pilots may become superfluous in the future. New research from Aarhus University has allowed artificial intelligence to take over control of drones scanning and measuring terrain.

2020.03.05 | Department of Engineering, Sustainability

Highly efficient batteries to keep electricity flowing when renewables cannot keep up

A new research project at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, will develop highly efficient, but inexpensive, components in flow batteries. The aim is to disrupt the field of stationary batteries, which are necessary for the transition to a green energy system.

"This means that it looks as if the human-like heel-to-toe gait may have developed 3.5 million years ago because the TTA developed at this time. Moreover, this is also in line with the preserved footprints found in parts of Ethiopia from that epoch," says Marcelo Dias, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: M. Venkadesan, Yale University

2020.03.02 | Department of Engineering

Previously overlooked part of the human foot is the key to its development and function

A new discovery has turned our entire perception of the function and evolution of the human foot upside-down. The discovery has recently been published in the scientific journal Nature.