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Aarhus University
Aarhus University

Profile

Aarhus University (AU) is a top 100 university providing research, innovation and education at the highest level across science, technology, health, humanities, arts, business and social sciences, with a strategic focus on food. Specifically, AU is very highly ranked within agricultural and food sciences and among the leading European universities in rankings. We have international expertise across the entire agriculture & food value chain and in linking the nodes of the food systems:

•     sustainable primary plant and animal production, 
•     resource efficiency, environment
•     food quality 
•     processing, packaging and cascade-utilization of side streams 
•     food and human health, 
•     consumer perception and behaviour, including food preferences, diet and lifestyle.

Competences & Capabilities

Main areas of specialization and technological expertise are:

  • Food quality; chemical, nutritional and sensory-based attributes 
  • sustainable agriculture and food systems including organic food and farming
  • Environmental footprint (LCA)
  • Food, health and wellbeing for different consumer groups
  • Food-metabolomics (metabolic changes within the food and ingredients)
  • Profiling and analyses for validation of food and ingredient components using omics technologies
  • Innovative and differentiated food products
  • Efficient, intelligent and sustainable processing and packaging solutions
  • Postharvest research
  • Experience in plant and animal-based food systems and solutions incl. novel protein
  • Consumer behaviour with regard to food and drink: Quality perception, decision-making, shopping behaviour, food and lifestyle
  • User-driven new product development including open innovation and co-creation with consumers
  • New ways of shopping and consumer engagement by digital devices
Aarhus University

Aarhus University, Foulum Blichers allé 20, 8800 Tjele, Denmark

https://www.dca.au.dk/en

Contact

Niels Halberg niels.halberg@dca.au.dk
+45 29 63 00 93

Partner in the following EIT Food projects

Aarhus University
Education

Curating citizen engagement: Food solutions for future generations

Through a university course developed by partners representing different aspects of the food ecosystem (from sensory perception to nutrition to food policy), we will educate the next generation of students to be able to engage and involve the public in tackling food-related societal challenges

Aarhus University
Education

Summer School on “Entrepreneurship for food product and innovation”: An entrepreneurial perspective on Climate Friendly Convenient Food

APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM MONDAY 6th APRIL -  TO JUNE 30 Do you want to develop a business idea together with other brilliant minds and qualified mentors from the industry? EIT FOOD Summer school on Climate Friendly Convenient Food Solutions is for You! The food industry needs INNOVATION AND TALENT

Aarhus University
Regional Innovation Scheme

RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

Unlike typical sensory panels and consumer surveys, they will not involve testing of sample products but creation of innovative, non-yet-existing combinations of product features and benefits

Aarhus University
Education

REPAK -  entrepreneurial summer school in packaging sustainability

Do you want to innovate with sustainable packaging concepts? APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM MONDAY APRIL 6TH TO TUESDAY 30TH JUNE 2020 The purpose of the summer school is to discuss the latest developments in sustainable food packaging, and train talent with a more holistic approach to food packaging business entrepreneurship

Aarhus University
Education

Understanding Food Labels

Get the facts you need to put your trust in the food system

Aarhus University
Education

Transparent Food Supply Chains – Entrepreneurial Summer School

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AUG 15 2020 Do you want to create innovative digital solutions that meet Consumer  & Industry demand for food production transparency, and develop a business idea? A school for talented Master, PhD students and young professionals across Europe who want to fuel innovation  in our food systems, by tackling the challenge of transparent food chains

Aarhus University
Education

Future Food Ventures: Creating sustainable value propositions

Are you an aspiring or current entrepreneur? Are you passionate about improving the food sector and building a future that is truly sustainable?  The Future Food Ventures programme, commencing 14th July, will provide a dynamic and supportive environment for you to explore your purpose, develop your entrepreneurial mindset and learn how you can transform your ideas into a business that can create real-life positive value

Aarhus University
Education

An Introduction to Food Science

Food and health information is often oversimplified by the media, and recommendations can be inaccurately reported and contradictory to current recommendations

Aarhus University
COVID-19

Mtching COVID

Covid-19 has infected millions of people all around the world

Aarhus University
Public Engagement

Consumer attitudes towards healthier processed meat products

The countries investigated will be UK, Spain and Denmark, countries with high meat consumption rates (> 80 kg per person/year in UK and Denmark and > 90 kg per person/year in Spain)

Aarhus University
Education

Innovator Fellowship 2020

The objective of EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is to empower talents to co-create, address, and gain experiences on excellent ideas capable of bringing their careers a step further, and foster innovators ready to respond to global food challenges

Aarhus University
Education

Product Concepts For Less Refined Ingredients (aka “Less is More”)

A new class of plant-based ingredients produced by a combination of an air milling, classification and electro-separation process has recently been developed and become available

Aarhus University
Public Engagement

Citizen Science to build consumer trust in the food system

Food safety is one of several equally important factors for Europeans when buying food, and citizens have a high level of awareness of food safety topics

Aarhus University
Public Engagement

The Future of Protein & the Protein of the Future in Europe

This project will bring together key stakeholders in Europe (from academia, industry, safety authorities, policy makers and consumers) to debate about the protein challenge from a technological, nutritional, economic, environmental, legislative and social point of view

Aarhus University
Public Engagement

The V-PLACE – Enabling consumer choice in Vegan or Vegetarian Food Products

For many consumers wanting to replace products of animal origin partly or completely, the search for the right information including the avoidance of nutritional deficits is a challenge

Aarhus University
Education

WE Lead Food

The WE Lead Food Programme is designed to equip you with the tools to make that difference and achieve results

Aarhus University
Public Engagement

EIT Food TrustTracker®

EIT Food TrustTracker® The EIT Food TrustTracker® is an evidenced-based questionnaire which has been developed to measuring consumer trust in the food industry and is an important first step towards understanding this gap

Aarhus University
Education

Professional Development Advanced

EIT Food's Professional Development Framework - Advanced aims to provide a key resource for the food sector by creating an integrated approach to develop a skilled, innovative workforce

Aarhus University
Innovation

Building a business model to enhance consumer trust and influence decision making using a sustainability transparency labelling system

The proposal is centred on an EIT-Food Communications platform on sustainability and transparency, a communication system co-created with  consumers with a central focus on increasing consumer trust in the food chain that helps consumers make better food choices that are  sustainable and at the same time demonstrating industry’s commitment for better transparent communication

Aarhus University
Education

Professional Development Framework

This activity will roll out the framework developed in 2019, and establish the certification basis for the food sector

Aarhus University
Entrepreneurship

Seedbed Incubator

SEEDBED APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JANUARY - SUNDAY 22ND MARCH This multi-location Launch programme trains and supports teams over a six-month period to help them better understand the needs of their customers and validate their business ideas

Aarhus University
Education

Global Food Venture Programme 2020

We´re excited to announce that the Global Food Venture Programme of  EIT Food will support once again highly-qualified PhD students from across Europe to transform their research into viable business in the Food & AgTech space