Season’s greetings from the Dean 2019

With this last Christmas greeting from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Dean Lars H. Andersen wishes staff and students a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. It’s time to say goodbye to the old faculty and say hello to the two new faculties, the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Technical Sciences.


Photo of Lars H. Andersen, acting dean at Science and Technology. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

Lars H. Andersen is now acting dean at Science and Technology and will continue as acting dean at the FAculty of Natural Sciences undtil 1 March 2020. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

Dear staff and students at Science and Technology

2019 has been an exciting and challenging year. In many ways it has been a year of change following the rector's announcement in February of the division of ST into two new faculties. Since the rector’s announcement, as far as possible we’ve tried to make sure that life at the faculty goes on as normal, while at the same time initiating the process to split the faculty into two separate faculties. I’d like to thank everyone for their excellent efforts in this process.

The faculty's interaction with the business community and public authorities has also received a lot of media attention. This has not always been easy. As we look forward, we will strive to learn from our mistakes and to ensure the integrity of research that is so important to Aarhus University. In a period of change and challenges, I’ve seen that the faculty has demonstrated professionalism and has maintained the high level of quality in our core activities. I applaud you all for taking this approach – students as well as administrative, technical and academic staff. 

On 1 January 2020, the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Technical Sciences will become a reality. 2020 will be a transitional year; some things still need to fall into place so that the new organisation can gradually be phased in. Most of you won’t feel any major change, even though you’re now part of a new faculty. I hope you will all contribute to ensuring that the new faculties get off to a good start and maintain the internal cohesion between them. It’s important that we continue to nurture the good collaboration and relations between the new faculties, which in future will have close natural ties, and will share the same administrative centre.

Looking ahead to 2020, we’re fortunate that one of the two deans is already in place. We look forward to welcoming Eskild Holm Nielsen to the Faculty of Technical Sciences on 2 January. I've already met Eskild several times, and I'm convinced that Tech has an excellent new dean - please give him a warm welcome. We’re still in the process of finding a dean for Nat, and we expect to have found the right person within the first months of the year.

Finally, I’d like to thank you all personally for your support and encouragement throughout the year. As I predicted last year, it’s been like getting on a train with no stops. A big thank-you to all of you for working so well together on this train. We will maintain and further develop the many good results we have achieved over the past few years. For example, our initiatives in digitalisation and engineering, as well as the collaboration across the faculty's many fields and administrative areas.

And most importantly, together with everyone else at Aarhus University, we support values such as trust, openness, recognition and freedom with responsibility. My hope for the new year is that both faculties successfully develop their academic areas, and that the bonds and understanding between them both and within each faculty become ever stronger.

I wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Lars H. Andersen