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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 14 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. Read more about the Baltic Nest Institute

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. Read more about Centre for Bioinformatics

Centre for Research in Compulsory Schooling

The Centre for Research in Compulsory Schooling works with the key themes of research policies regarding the Danish primary school area, including types of teaching, teacher education and school management. The focus is on finding proof: what works/does not work, and why do some things work better than others? Read more about the Centre for Research in Compulsory Schooling

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. Read more about CAVI

Center for Sociological Studies at Aarhus University - CESAU

Center for Sociologiske Studier, Aarhus Universitet (CESAU) har til formål at understøtte og udvikle sociologisk undervisning og forskning ved Aarhus Universitet. Det sker gennem en række initiativer rettet mod forskere, studerende, erhvervsliv og den offentlige sektor. Læs mere om CESAU

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. Read more about CSGB

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, including support for students with special needs. The centre is part of the Faculty of Arts but serves the entire university in the area of students with special needs. Read more about the centre

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. Read more about the Centre for Urban History

International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems - ICROFS

As a coordinating centre for Danish research in organic agriculture, the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) will mainly ensure that the research focuses on the most relevant challenges and that the different target groups are regularly kept up to date with new results. The collaboration involves approximately 120 scientists from 20 different research institutions. Read more about ICROFS

Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre - iNANO

The iNANO centre is a research centre that carries out interdisciplinary nanoscience research of a high international standard, as well as training the next generation of nanoscience researchers. The iNANO centre collaborates with a wide range of companies, and gives high priority to innovation and the transfer of nanoscience to nanotechnology in Danish industry. Read more about iNANO centre

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. Read more about KFT

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. Read more about the centre

Centre for Translational Molecular Diagnostics and Bioinformatic Risk Assignment in Common Cancer Diseases - CETAME (Lundbeck Foundation Centre)

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? Read more about CETAME

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. Read more about MIND

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. Read more about the centre

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. Read more about AURA

Nordic Strategic Adaption Research (NORD-STAR)

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.

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. Read more about TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research

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