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Aarhus University
Aarhus University


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

Nordre Ringgade 1 8000 Aarhus C Denmark


Niels Halberg
+45 29 63 00 93

Partner in the following EIT Food projects

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
Public Engagement

EIT Food TrustTrackerĀ®

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

Seedbed Incubator

SEEDBED APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JANUARY - SUNDAY 15TH 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