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Aarhus University

Geoscience Newsletter

No. 2/2017 - 10 February 2017

Read in Danish

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

Other GEO-news here:
Centre of Earth System Petrology: volcano.au.dk | HGG:  hgg.au.dk

Our new Geoscience bike!
Employees are free to borrow the bike for transportation on AU campus. 
It is parked just inside the entrance door from the parking lot.
Contact Lene Kjeldsteen for key collection.
No helmet included – Use your own!

Upcoming Events

See also the calendar on the Geoscience staff webpages

  • 16 February, 13.00
    Qualifying Exam, PhD student Lichau Liu
  • 7 March, 14.15
    Geoscience Seminar - Dr. Sarah Woodroffe, Durham University, UK
  • 20 February
    Geoscience Seminar - Sina Alaghmand, Monash University, Malaysia
    More information later.
  • 22 February
    Geoscience Seminar - Thomas Kjeldsen, University of Bath
    More information later.
  • 10 March, 12.00
    Alumni Day

Week 7

Be aware that during school winter holidays, week 7, the secretariat service is limited, and wednesday the secretariat is closed.

Research / Research Support

Research Support

Vivi Kathrine Petersen - future postdoc at Geoscience - was awarded Dkr. 7.5 mio from the VILLUM Young Investigator Programme. Se the News on geo.au.dk/en/

Andrew Murray and Reza Sohbati were granted Dkr. 1,910,267 from the Danish Council for Independent Research for the project "Determination of mass-movement return frequency along the Bailong River". The project was described on Videnskab.dk (Danish only) . Read the News on geo.au.dk/en/


PhD student Astrid Strunk got her  first scientific article published in the journal Nsture Publications. See News on geo.au.dk/en/

Sabbatical grants -
to members of academic staff on associate professor/senior researcher level as a minimum at the Faculty of Science and Technology

It is now possible again to apply to the Research Committee at Science and Technology (ST) for a sabbatical grant. The grant can be used to co-finance travel and accommodation expenses. 
For more information, see: http://scitech.medarbejdere.au.dk/en/boards-and-committees/st-research-committee/sabbatical-grants/
First deadline in 2017: 15 March.

Book a Researcher 2017

Book a Researcher is part of the annual Danish Science Festival in week 17. Would you like to and have the possibility to make a lecture, see more information here: http://forsk.dk/the-danish-research-festival


Presentation of new employees and guests

Changhong Lin - guest researcher
Host: Esben Auken

Changhong Lin studies the exploration of mineral resources and the formation of Earth’s crust using geophysical method. His main research interests are: electromagnetic modeling and inversion. Recent research has focused on the 2D and 3D electromagnetic modeling and inversion with anisotropic conductivities and joint inversion of MT data and seismic data. He will be working on the 2D Transient Electromagnetic modeling and inversion with IP effect at Aarhus University.

Changhong Lin will stay here from 01.12.2016 till 30.11.2017.

Ann  Eg Mølhave - Administration

After  more than a year with work testing, I am now from 3 January, 2017 employed at the department of Geoscience in a so-called flex-job of 9 ½ hours a week.
My work will primarily be within the fields study administration, communication and PhD programs. More details appear from my personal  homepage.
My working hours are equally distributed on the week days, apart from Wednesday, and will primarily be in the morning.
I have moved my office to room 1672-230. Check my Outlook calendar for opdates. I may be in a meeting. You are also welcome at any time to send me an email to aem@geo.au.dk.

Anders Vesterholt - PhD student
Supervisor: Thorsten Nagel

On February 1st I started as a PhD student at Department of Geoscience.

During my PhD project, titled ”Plate tectonics on the early Earth/Conditions for plate tectonics on terrestrial planets” I will - along with Thorsten Nagel and Kenni Dinesen Petersen - attempt to determine the conditions required for a planet to develop plate tectonics.

These subjects will primarily be researched using thermomechanical modelling, which makes it possible to test the effects of for instance the assumption of a higher mantle temperature for a younger Earth.

Christian Tegner
who in 2012 was appointed professor MSO for a five year period, is from 1 January 2017 employed as professor in Igneous Petrology at Department of Geoscience. - Congratulations to Christian!

Pay Negotiations

Application period started 8 February and runs till 1 March 2017. 
See also: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/hr/payroll/paynegotiations/.


Alumini network and Alumni day

We believe that contact between researchers and students of Geoscience and the alumni could be a way to new projects and new ideas for research and for solving practical problems.
Therefore, you are all invited to join the Geoscience alumni group on LinkedIn and become a part of the geoscience network: http://geo.au.dk/profil/alumner/.

The invitation includes also participation in the upcoming Alumni day 2017  taking place on 10 March. The preliminary program (Danish) is available from the above website.



It can be useful for teachers to attend the Blackboard courses organized by ST learning lab. STLL.
See the many possibilities here:http://stll.au.dk/en/

It is also possible to download Blackboard apps from the Blackboard website: http://www.blackboard.com/mobile-learning/index.aspx


Information for mac users

If you have no antivirus software Mcafee installed on your mac, our IT supporter Dan Guldborg  is ready to help you – He can do it in no time!


New purchase:

  • 10 pcs. Munsell Color charts
    for color specification of test materials
    in connection with laboratory exercises and field work.

Contact person:

  • Charlotte Rasmussen

Safety instructions on Youtube

So far, Charlotte has placed 2 videos with safety instructions in a folder on Youtube.  Other relevant videos either from the lab or concerning safety will follow.
See: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Z7TvaOUxAy2ixAwKDQJ4A

New AU Parking restrictions

Digital Parking

With digital parking selected AU parking areas are reserved for employees and guests between 7.00 and 17.00. To have a parking permit, you must register your car. From 30 January the digital parking areas include also the southwestern part of campus, i.e. buildings 1520-1550 and other buildings in the same area.
On http://medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/au-planning/digital-parking/ you find more information about eg.:
who can have a parking permit- How to register your car- Where the parking permit is valid – illustrated on an AU map.

Partners office 1672-232

ST and AU partners/Office hours:
- Monday 8-16: AU Library, Morten Hjorth Gad, mhg@au.dk
- Monday  9-12: Dan Guldborg, ST IT, aarhus.st.it@au.dk
- Tuesday 10-12: ST studies, Tina Veirup, tina.veirup@science.au.dk 
- Wednesday 9-15: ST finance, Thomas Lund Hansen, thomaslhansen@au.dk
- Wednesday 9-11.30: ST finance, Rana Elahmad, rana@au.dk
- Thursday 08.30-12: ST HR, Charlotte Illum, charlotte@au.dk

- Friday 8-15: ST finance, Thomas Lund Hansen, thomaslhansen@au.dk

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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