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Aarhus University

Geoscience Newsletter

No. 10/2015 - 28 August 2015

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Some information in the Danish version of this newsletter refers to pages on AU or Geoscience staff website which are unfortunately not yet available in English

Top of the Alps!
This summer Thorsten Nagel with a group of students went to the Austrian Alps for a field course

Upcoming Events

See also the calendar on the Geoscience staff webpages

18 September, 13-15
PhD defence - Anders Damsgaard Christensen

25 September
Late Summer Party at Geoscience


New students
On Wednesday 19 August the new Geoscience students arrived, and after the first introduction days, classes started on 24 August.
This year we welcome 49 new students for Bachelor's programme, 3 for Master's programme in Technical Geology (civil engineering) and a number of international students as well.

New head of studies
As from 15 August Bo Holm Jacobsen is the new head of studies at Geoscience replacing Mads Faurschou Knudsen.

Research - News

Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz is coauthor of a paper published in Nature Geoscience
Read the paper "Robust global ocean cooling trend for the pre-industrial Common Era" here: http://geo.au.dk/fileadmin/www.geo.au.dk/nyheder/MSS_Nature_Geoscience.pdf

This summer, Bent Odgaard did some fieldwork on the lake Nørresø on southern Funen in connection with the project "High phosphorus contrations in Danish groundwater - sources, controls and management implications". During this work a video was made,  which can be seen in the news on the Geoscience website: http://www.undergroundchannel.dk/lake-history-and-old-springs

Research - Meetings and conferences

8 September, 11-13:
Workshop: Gender Equality Work in Academic Organisations: Lessons learned from Aarhus University
One of four workshops at AU focussing on women in the academic world. - Se:

18 September, 9-17
Workshop: Geodynamic of Exoplanets
For staff and students at Geoscience and Physics & Astronomi with interest in the subject. - See: http://sac.au.dk/currently/geodynamic-of-exoplanets-workshop/

29 September, 9-11.30
Workshop: How to write an application for a Marie S. Curie European Training Network
Arranged by: Research Support Office. More information:

EU ABS Regulation workshops
During autumn the following workshops are arranged:
- Brussels: 14/9
- Barcelona: 13/10
- London: 16/10
- Paris: 6/11
- Berlin: 20/11

More information: http://www.euconf.eu/abs/.


New employees
on 1 September we welcome two new employees:
Rasmus Andreasen, spectroscopist
Thomas Nielsen, research coordinator
Further presentation of both will follow in a future newsletter.

SDD (Staff Development Dialogue)
It will soon be time for this years SDD. The LSU committee (committee for local liasion) has decided, in addition to the usual issues you discuss with your leader, to focus on the theme Job satisfaction and motivation.
During autumn all employees will be invited to a dialogue with their leader, and if you agree on some training programme that requires funding, there will still be time for applying to the Fund of Compentence (deadline 15 December). See:

Pay Negotiation
In connection with the next pay negotiations (spring 2016), the LSU committee agreed to add to the the faculty list of creteria: excellent performance of routine tasks. See the list:

Workplace Assessment (APV)

It is soon time for the Physical workplace assesment. In week 38 (mid September) all employees will receive an email with a questionnaire.
The next psychological workplace assesment will be in spring 2016.


New PHD student
Lichau Liu, from China, will be new PHD student at Geoscience from 1 September. His supervisor is Esben Auken and he will therefore reside in building 1120.
Further presentation of Lichau Liu will follow in a future newsletter.


New HR partner
Steen Nielsen is our new HR partner replacing Margrethe Vejs Pedersen. His office hours at geoscience are for the time being planned to be Thursdays from 9 to 11 in the partner office in 1672-232.


Revised AU Travel Policy
AU has decided to change its travel policy and allow employees to book their flight directly with the airlines. It is still possible to use AU's travel agency Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT).

As always it is important to observe all rules and guidelines with regard to choosing the cheapest possible travel solution.

It is important that employees inform colleagues of travel activities, and we urge that everybody uses their calendar to register travel destinations. This alone with regard to force majeure situations (acts of terror, earthquakes etc.) where relevant authorities must be informed.
It is also possible to register on the Danes Abroad List (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark).
Read more - AU Travel Policy

Window Cleaning

In our top floors, windows have not been cleaned for a very long time – which is pretty obvious!
However, finally there seems to be light ahead for those working in the top floors.
It is informed by the company that the windows will be cleaned on Friday 28 August.

Newsletters on the web.
This and all previous newsletters are available also on the Geoscience staff webpages http://geo.medarbejdere.au.dk/en/ - There is a direct link from the entry page.

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