Answering wide-reaching, complex questions from the public authorities often requires collaboration between different research disciplines and academic environments.
In order to secure interdisciplinary collaboration on science-based advice, Aarhus University has set up two national centres: the DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture and the DCE -Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, which together form the framework for collaboration with the ministries.
The centres coordinate science-based advice and help to ensure the quality of the advice; both in relation to the quality of the individual delivery, and in relation to ensuring that the overall consultancy is cohesive, interdisciplinary and consistent over time.
Nine departments are the main suppliers of research and consultancy to the authorities:
In addition, contributions come from a number of other academic environments at AU, including the MAPP centre at Aarhus BSS.
The vice-dean for public sector consultancy at Technical Sciences has overall responsibility for the area at the faculty.