Science journalist and author Lone Frank, has an obvious advantage when writing about research, because she knows research in and out: she has a PhD in neurobiology. In fact the driving force for the 2023 distinguished alumna is the same as for a researcher; namely to explain how the world works.
He has a degree in geology, but today he’s the only person at Aarhus University with ‘skipper’ as a job title. Meet Torben Vang, whose day job is to ensure that AU’s Aurora research vessel is fit to sail.
During her PhD project at Aarhus University, Maj Sofie Rasmussen explored how to re-ignite the spark of academic engagement in children in the classroom. Today, she has abandoned her dream of a research career and found her own academic spark in Børns Vilkår, where she can bring her research skills into practice.
As a teenager, Lone Frank was a lone wolf – but at Aarhus University, she felt like she belonged. Today one of Denmark’s leading science communicators, she started out on a research career path before switching to journalism. Meet the science journalist, who saw the transition from high school to the university as a liberation.
Cultural commentator Anne Sophia Hermansen’s time as a comparative literature student was far from easy. But she’s proud to be a humanist and believes that humanities graduates are in demand on the private job market. Read about what she remembers most from her studies at AU, and what her best advice for new graduates are.
Renée Toft Simonsen didn’t take the usual path through her studies. Life took her to Aarhus University, where she balanced her psychology studies with her responsibilities as a young mother. After saying no to a PhD, the former super model discovered how she really wanted to live her life.
From MSc in political science to pastor. Svend Thorhauge, who began his academic career by studying political science, is making a career change. After many years in politics, culture and education, he returned to Aarhus University a few years ago to take the newly established supplementary programme in theology.
Sound artist and AU graduate Marie Koldkær Højlund is glad that her MA programme lasted two years. She believes that rushing through life – and our educations – might not be the solution to the world’s crises. Her university days taught her to ponder - something she constantly has to remind herself should be part of life.
After graduating with a degree in psychology from Aarhus University, Maj Schøler Fausing went straight for a career in the private sector. To improve her competitiveness, she did a PhD. Today, she uses her research to cultivate job satisfaction and create results as head of strategy at Plantorama.
When studying at Aarhus University, journalist and cycling expert Brian Nygaard believed his degree in philosophy could only lead to a career in research or teaching. But, after graduating, he became head of press for a cycling team. Read ‘five questions’ with the philosophy alumnus and cycling enthusiast.
He describes himself as a rather atypical student. But Aarhus University changed his life. Meet Bent Hansen, Aarhus University’s 2021 distinguished alumnus: a graduate who has played a decisive role in the Danish healthcare system and has fostered close collaboration between AU and Aarhus University Hospital.
During his PhD at Aarhus University, Guilherme Maciel from Brazil discovered that he could excel at more than pure academia, and that he in fact wanted to do something different. That he wanted to use his knowledge in business and industry. That it was here he wanted to create value.
An inspirational bus journey and a zest for learning. Curator Jeanette Varberg’s time at Aarhus University formed the basis of her compelling stories about the past, which captivate readers of all ages.
From lager, benefits and tabloids in the Danish “Trump lands” to Fairtrade coffee, sour dough and academic debate at Aarhus University. Author and psychologist Glenn Bech broke his cycle of disadvantage when he studied at university following a working-class upbringing in Horsens, but he wishes he’d spent less time trying to fit in.
A career path at LEGO was hardly the direction PhD in comparative literature Jakob Gaardbo Nielsen had imagined himself. But a lonely writing process during the COVID-19 pandemic threw cold water on the spark that drove his research, and he took the private sector plunge. Today, he decides how LEGO products speak to you.
She has provided care in the field in the midst of the world’s most horrific catastrophes. As a doctor and scientist, she has worked on the front lines of civil wars, natural disasters and epidemics and has witnessed enormous human suffering. Meet this year's distinguished alumna, who has always had a drive to do something.
What does it mean to be human? Since his student days at Aarhus University, Svend Brinkmann has explored this question, in both academic and popular contexts. Meet the psychology professor who said no to Vild med Dans, even though he was tempted. And who finds it difficult to say whether he can imagine returning to AU.
Master of Arts Christiane Vejlø has advised businesses, industries, institutions and the Danish government about digital trends and digital responsibility for 17 years. Read about what she remembers most from her studies at AU, and how her favourite teacher still influences her work – and what she values when she is recruiting.