Minister for Higher Education and Science visits AU Foulum

Basic research activities and collaboration with industry were in focus when Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind paid a visit to AU Foulum.

2017.11.10 | Claus Bo Andreasen

About a third of the activities at DCA – Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture – are financed via the agreement on public sector consultancy between Aarhus University and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. This means that two thirds of the research funding come from other sources, including funds administered by the ministry, EU funds, and collaboration with companies and business organisations.

On Thursday 9 November, Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind visited AU Foulum to get more information about the basic research activities in agriculture, food and bioeconomy.

The university’s agriculture and food research is moving up the international ranking lists every year, and this has attracted interest. In the latest ranking list, DCA departments are no. 1 in Denmark, no. 2 in the Nordic countries, no. 3. in Europe and no. 8 in the world.

The minister started off by hearing about research in energy supply systems, including examples of the way Aarhus University collaborates on research and development regarding renewable energy systems with companies such as Haldor Topsoe, Apple and others.

The minister was then provided with examples of research showing how sustainability, technology and intelligent solutions can go hand in hand with the agriculture of the future. Research into machine learning and artificial intelligence, for example, is expected to revolutionise the way we cultivate the earth in the coming years.

The visit rounded off with examples of food research that creates a basic understanding of ways to improve the quality of food and other products.

Watch a video from the visit by Søren Pind (on Twitter)

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