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Geoscience Newsletter

No. 1/2016 - 15 January 2016

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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

Friday 8 January, the "Nu Plasma II" arrived at Geoscience and was placed in the 2nd floor, building 1674,
with Centre of Earth System Petrology. Read the news and keep updated on their website - see below.

Notice – that both Centre of Earth System Petrology, in the top floor of building 1672, and HGG, the HydroGeophysics Group, in building 1120, have their own websites where you can regularly check their news.

Upcoming Events

See also the calendar on the Geoscience staff webpages

19 January, 13.15
Final exam for Master's degree - Svend Joensen

20 January, 13.15
Geoscience Seminar - Microbiology meets Earth science

21 January, 13.00
Qualifying exam - Pradip Kumar Maurya

From ST: The annual ST summer party will be Friday 27 May 2016.


Research Support

AUFF Lektor Starting Grants

Thorsten Nagel - DKK. 2.000.000
Projekt: Conditions for plate tectonics on Earth and other terrestrial planets
One of the classic questions in tectonics is when plate tectonics started to operate on Earth and what controlled the onset. Together with a PhD student, we will study Archean and Proterozoic orogens in southwestern Greenland with respects to deformation style, pressure-temperature-time evolution, and geochemical derivation of magmatic rocks in order to better constrain a possible evolution of tectonic style during the early history of the Earth. Kenni will run thermomechanical models, which we will test with published and our new data. We hope to contribute to defining boundary conditions for plate tectonics.
The project will take place in cooperation with Kenni Dinesen at Department of Geoscience and members of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Stephane Bodin - DKK. 2.116.388
Projekt: Assessing the environmental parameters controlling the growth and demise of shallow-water carbonate reefs
With rising concerns regarding the persistence of coral reefs through the 21st century, there is a crucial need to understand how these ecosystems will respond to environmental deterioration such as climate warming, ocean acidification, decreased ocean oxygenation, and other associated phenomena. Biological studies are at present refining our understanding of the physiological responses of specific taxa to these stressors, but short-term research cannot by itself answer long-term evolutionary or ecosystem-scale questions. The long time series of ancient carbon cycle perturbations that can be extracted from the sedimentary archives are of paramount importance to understanding the response of reef systems to current and future global changes. This study will be instrumental in developing of a new research group focused on the understanding of past environmental changes and their impact on shallow-water ecosystems. This research group will also be dedicated at developing new proxies for paleo-environmental studies.

ST Sabbatical Grants
On http://scitech.medarbejdere.au.dk/en/boards-and-committees/st-research-committee/ you find information and application form concerning Sabbatical grants to members of academic staff on associate professor/senior researcher level as a minimum at the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Deadline: 15 February 2016.

Support for visit to Chinese university
AU holds a collaboration agreement with the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai, China and is a member of the Nordic Centre at Fudan University. The objective of this centre is to foster mutual understanding between Nordic countries and China through supporting e.g. researchers’ visits to Fudan.
You can find more information about Fudan and other international collaboration on the International Centre's website, where you can also download "Handbook for visiting scholars at the Nordic Centre in Shanghai".

Workshop for the Experienced Grant Applicant
Research Support Office hosts the above workshop

  • Date: 9 February 2016, kl. 9-12.
  • OBS: Registration deadline 18 January 2016.

More information and registration: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/administration/forskning-talent/forskningsstoetteenheden/arrangementer/workshop-for-the-experienced-grant-applicant/


By a mail from the head of department on 7 December 2015, all VIP were notified to register their 2015 publications in PURE. Mind that deadline is 1 February 2016!

Collaboration with the business world

AGS - Aarhus GeoSoftware
As a result of a fruitful collaboration between researchers and industry, employees from Geoscience together with external partners have started a spin-off company named AGS Aarhus GeoSoftware offering  software solutions to electromagnetic and electronic data. More information on AGS 'website: http://www.aarhusgeosoftware.dk

Staff / Guests

Expected guest researchers start 2016

  • Anne de Vernal, Canada, 1 March – approx. 15 June
    Host: Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz
  • Dongling Li, China, 15 March – approx. 15 September
    Host: Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz

Preparing arrival of guests
The secretariat asks for earliest possible information about  visits by international researchers or PhD students.  We can then start up a case in cooperation with the International Centre and in time handle  the pre-arrival administration.


New PhD students

  • Starting 01.02.16: Ole Skursch
    Supervisor: Christian Tegner
  • Starting 01.03.16: Hannah Brobrowski
    Supervisor: Charles Lesher


A-letter or B-letter?
From 1 January 2016, the Danish mail service Post Danmark changed conditions for sending letters.

  • Basically, all letters will go as B-letters (economy letters), i.e. a letter will be delivered in DK no later than 4 workdays after you posted it.
  • If your letter necessarily must be be delivered in DK on the following weekday, it must go as an A-letter (principal letter), and you must write an “A” above the address.

As usual you just have to leave your letters unstamped in the shelf "postkasse/posthus" – and the university internal mail service will take care of it.



Local IT support
Dan Guldberg, our weekly local it-supporter, will be away to attend school from 25 January to 14 April 2016.
Anders Enghave, probable well-known to many of you, will replace Dan during this period and be available at Geoscience same time, same place.
As usual, send a mail to aarhus.st.it@au.dk and start the subject text writing GEO when you need support.

Partners office 1672-232

ST and AU partners/Office hours:
- Monday 8-16: AU Library, Morten Hjorth Gad, mhg@au.dk
- Tuesday 9-11: ST studies, Tina Veirup, tina.veirup@science.au.dk 
- Wednesday 9-11.30: ST finance, Thomas Lund Hansen, thomaslhansen@au.dk
- Wednesday 9-13: ST finance, Rana Elahmad, rana@au.dk
- Thursday 9-11: ST HR, Steen Nielsen, steen@au.dk
- Thursday 9-12: ST IT, Dan Guldberg, dangu@au.dk / 93508294

Bo Holm Jacobsen office hours for students
- Tuesday 10-12
- Thursday 16.15-18
Above information is available also on geo.medarbejdere.au.dk, entry page.

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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