Major research centres

For complete lists of centres at Aarhus University, go to the websites of the main academic areas.

Aarhus University also currently has a number of basic research centres, which are supported by the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) – see an overview

Baltic Nest Institute - BNI

The Baltic Nest Institute was established in collaboration between Stockholm University, Sweden, and Aarhus University. BNI’s tasks are to develop, use and provide information about management models in the area between environmental research, fisheries research and applied economics. The aim is to set up an open and accessible model system (Baltic Nest) to support environmental management in the Baltic Sea area.

Centre for Bioinformatics - BIRC

Bioinformatics is about developing computational methods for collecting, handling and analyzing biological data. Research ranges from formulating models and theories about biological systems, to constructing algorithms and developing computer programs, and requires expertise in many traditional disciplines.

Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Membrane Receptors in Neuronal Disease - MIND

MIND focuses on a new type of proteins in the nervous system, which play a crucial role in psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and nerve cell death caused by lesions in the neural pathways. With its interdisciplinary approach, MIND aims to characterise the function of the proteins at the molecular and cellular level, using genetically modified animal models and human patients.

The Centre for Advanced Visualization and Interaction - CAVI

The Centre for Advanced Visualization and Interaction, CAVI, has activities within the fields of architecture, design, scientific visualization, art and culture. CAVI's facilities are used for teaching and research and for projects with companies and institutions outside the university.

Centre for Sociological Studies - CESAU

CESAU - Centre for Sociological Studies - aims to support and develope sociological education and research at Aarhus University. This happens through a number of initiatives directed at researchers, students, the corporate world, and the public sector.

Centre for Stochastic Geometry and Advanced Bioimaging - CSGB

The new advanced microscopy techniques that provide access to the molecular level (including laser scanning and cryo-electron microscopy) make completely new demands to the development of computer-based mathematical and statistical analysis methods. The Centre will develop new methods based on disciplines such as stochastic geometry, a subject on the interface between mathematics and statistics. 

The Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media

The Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media focuses on research and knowledge exchange activities within the field of university and youth education, pedagogy and didactics, as well as within the development of study programmes and teaching activities in relation to university and youth education, the use of digital media to support learning, and the development of students’ study skills. The centre is part of the Faculty of Arts.

Danish Centre for Urban History

The Danish Centre for Urban History aims to promote and coordinate research, PhD programmes and knowledge transfer regarding urbanity and the history and culture of urban areas. The field of work is mainly concerned with Denmark in the period from the Viking Age to the present. The centre was set up by the Department of History and Area Studies at Aarhus University and the Old Town ( Den Gamle By ), Denmark’s National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture.

Coordination Unit for Research in Climate Change Adaptation - KFT

The Coordination Unit for Research in Climate Change Adaptation (KFT) carries out studies in a considerable range of sectors to find out how society best adapts to climate changes. KFT is a result of the Danish Government’s Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change in Denmark, and will ensure better coordination and sharing of both existing and new knowledge between the research environments that work with climate adaptation.

Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Fast Track Hip and Knee Alloplasty - FTHK

Research at this centre combines orthopaedic surgical expertise with knowledge regarding pain management, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, physiotherapy, thromboemboli and blood transfusions. The perspectives cover both these surgical procedures, and the results can be transferred to other orthopaedic surgical specialties as well as other areas of surgery and medicine.

Centre for Translational Molecular Diagnostics and Bioinformatic Risk Assignment in Common Cancer Diseases - CETAME

The centre aims to develop and test new molecular markers that can predict the outcome for cancer patients in the future: will the disease be aggressive or go into remission?

TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research

The centre houses an interdisciplinary research network that uses randomised impact studies or other experimental methods to build up solid evidence on the effects of social, educational and crime preventing interventions on the wellbeing of Danish children and youth. The centre also engages in knowledge exchange and offers an Executive education programme. 

The Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Interventional Research in Radiation Oncology - CIRRO

The centre aims to improve the individualized radiotherapy of cancer patients and is based on research collaboration between all departments in Denmark treating cancer patients with radiotherapy. The research projects involve biology, imaging and radiotherapy technology and combined these will lead to an improved individual, gentle and accurate treatment.

AURA: Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene

Headed by Niels Bohr professor and anthropologist Anna Tsing, AURA aims to open up a novel and truly trans-disciplinary field of research into the Anthropocene - a new geologic epoch, defined by unprecedented human disturbance of the earth’s ecosystems.  Applying insights and methods from anthropology, biology and philosophy, AURA will focus on the 'co-species landscapes' that humans and other species come to co-inhabit in the Anthropocene. The projects suggests that a descriptive and trans-disciplinary approach is needed to understand the kinds of lives that are made and the futures that are possible in the ruined, re-wilded, and unintended landscapes of the Anthropocene.

Nordic Strategic Adaption Research (NORDSTAR)

The centre is a joint Nordic research initiative aimed at creating a better basis for developing strategies and making decisions that may contribute to providing the Nordic countries with competitive advantages and developing profitable sustainable climate initiatives that can counteract the inevitable effects of climate change. NORD-STAR will produce research results built on the strong position of the Nordic countries and Aarhus University in terms of climate change.

The Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research, iPSYCH

i PSYCH is a national consortium of leading scientists in Danish psychiatry, genetics, and register-based research and includes extensive international collaborations. The research groups are based at Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital, Mental health services in the Capital Region of Denmark and Statens Serum Institut. The Lundbeck Foundation supported research initiative focuses on genetic and environmental factors related to the major psychiatric diseases schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD and depression and includes comprehensive clinical studies.