Our Global Goals
On the basis of the free research and education, SDU wishes to work with all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The amount and diversity of life in the hadal trenches is astounding. At HADAL, the new centre for basic research, researchers are seeking to understand life in the deepest parts of the oceans and the significance of hadal trenches for conditions on Earth.
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As previously announced, we have unfortunately had to cancel SDU's traditional annual university celebration due to the COVID-19 situation. However, we still have a lot to celebrate at SDU here in 2020. That’s why we’re inviting you to a digital celebration of SDU 2020. Here you can enjoy speeches, award-winning films and lots of other exciting content that marks the year that has passed at SDU.
Chemical analyzes of a black spot in a diary shed new light on the destiny and tragic death of legendary Inuit polar expedition member Jørgen Brønlund in Northeast Greenland in 1907.
Nanoscientists from SDU and Abena, a production and trading company, want to create a face mask that not only neutralises the coronavirus but also alerts the user when the face mask comes in contact with the virus.
The hadal trenches are some of the least explored places on Earth. Most of what’s going on down there remains a mystery, but we’re on the brink of unlocking it, as a series of ambitious expeditions are planned.
Researcher Eva Arnspang Christensen has for the first time shown a connection between the substance falcarindiol in carrots and diabetes. Now she is chasing money to test whether carrots can fight diabetes in a clinical trial.
Researchers want to reduce the use of animal experiments when developing new medicines. Computer simulations are becoming increasingly better at handling the task.
Every year, big cities like New York and Los Angeles attract thousands of artists who dream of making a name for themselves as musicians, writers or actors. A new research project at SDU shows that the rich cultural life helps to create economic growth in the largest cities in the US.
Professor Martin Røssel Larsen researches brain diseases. In order to better understand them, he makes mini-brains from stem cells in his laboratory.
Deep-sea researchers report that all the animals analysed from their dive have the ability to glow. Luminous organisms are more common than we think – also in Denmark.
If you try to start your own business at the same time as applying for a job, you are far less likely to succeed in your business. This is the result of a new study from SDU
Scientific analysis solve puzzle about the age and destiny of precious silk textiles from AD 1100.
Additional aids are necessary if social and health workers and bricklayers are to withstand working up until the age of 70. Unfortunately, too many aids end up gathering dust.
Like trees, concrete buildings absorb CO2. New calculations show that concrete absorbs roughly 30 percent of the amount of CO2 that cement production emits.
Professor of Computer Science Peter Schneider-Kamp is concerned that we are handing over too much power to Big Tech by allowing them to collect information on us.
SDU researchers, alongside companies Terma and Technicon, have developed a complete robot technology system for the manufacturing of composite parts. The suction cup-based system may revolutionize the production of parts for aircraft, cars, and wind turbines.
Researchers have mined data from Google and Apple, revealing the effects of social distancing in Europe.
New study reveals how scorpion venom can lead to the development of medicine for heart attacks.
Researchers predict that Europe will be hit by a new COVID-19 wave in September, and that it will subside after approx. two weeks.
Whisky and gin from Nyborg Distillery becomes hand sanitizer, Grundfos makes 100,000 visors and fibre materials are used for face masks instead of nappies. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have studied the redirection of resources in Danish companies to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) during the corona crisis, and they have discovered an entirely new type of innovation.
A new environmental technology has shown impressive results in lab tests. In the best cases, ammonia emissions from pig manure were reduced by up to 95 % and methane emissions were reduced by as much as 99 %. The researchers behind the technology believe that the technology could revolutionise the efforts of the Danish livestock industry to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Due to climate changes, many regions are experiencing increasingly warmer and dryer summers, followed by heavy rain. New study shows this is a fatal combination that can cause massive fish kills in lakes within a few hours.
Two software engineering students from SDU have developed an app that uses thermal imaging to calculate the difference in temperature between a patient’s nose and corner of the eye. A consultant doctor in emergency medicine believes that thermal imaging could be the future when it comes to detecting critically ill patients.
An engineering student has developed a test that can ensure faster and better treatment for cancer patients. The biotech company PentaBase calls the discovery groundbreaking.
Researchers today are concerned about possible health threats from the micro and nano universe. The invisible particles are all around us, in the food, in the water, in the air and even inside us, and while some may be harmful, others may be the next great medical revolution.
New study shows that jellyfish are an important food source for many animals. As jellyfish blooms become more frequent and more massive, this could affect marine ecosystems.
Hand sanitizer and soap is important in the fight against Covid-19, but children in schools and kindergartens may not be fond of all that extra hygiene. As a part of a larger project, scientists from SDU are now building a child-friendly robotic interface to motivate kids to clean their hands.
Students have been involved in improvised theatre to become aware of how to live more sustainably. Behind the project are researchers from SDU and they are impressed with the young people's dedication.
The pleasure of eating crisps is not diminished by cutting the salt content significantly. Crisps taste just as good when containing 30 percent less salt. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have come to this surprising conclusion by testing 200 young persons’ taste in crisps.
A major EU-project led by SDU will develop an automatic drone system to monitor bridges, railroads, and other critical infrastructure over the next three years. The drones will fly in swarms, photograph and analyze the constructions, harvest energy from power cables, and notify if repairs are needed.
Robotics researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have developed the world’s first fully automatic robot capable of carrying out throat swabs for Covid-19, so that healthcare professionals are not exposed to the risk of infection. The prototype has successfully performed throat swabs on several people. The scientists behind are cheering: The technology works!
Patients with hearing loss wait for months for a hearing test. This must end. Researchers are developing a new hearing test that will save time for both patients and hospitals.
No human being on this earth comes through life without breathing, drinking water and consuming salt. For the vast majority of us, this also means involuntary ingestion of microplastics.
Investing in the future: Researchers show how cannibalism among the invasive comb jelly enables adults to survive severe conditions at the edge of their ecological range with implications for the use and evolutionary origins of cannibalism.
India is thirsty. Almost half the population is at risk of water shortages. The Indian government is therefore rolling out an epic water plan, which researchers in environmental technology are going to help put into practice.
Molecular machines have the potential to revolutionize the future - if we can find a way to control them. SDU researchers now report that they have found a way to control the small machines so that they move in a certain direction - for example, into the bloodstream.
Insulation, fertilizer and animal feed: For centuries, humans have been using sea wrack and washed-up eelgrass on the beach in a myriad of ways that also make sense today, scientists say and call for better utilisation.
Streptococcus is one of the bacteria that takes most lives globally. A new study suggest that the bacterium may be starved to death and thus become harmless.
Scientists from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute and the Department of Clinical Research at SDU have initiated a collaboration with Engineers Without Borders to produce and distribute face masks in Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. The purpose is to limit contamination of COVID-19 and test the effectiveness of the masks.
Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and the Danish company Bioporto are collaborating on the development of a test that can quickly identify if a person has been infected with the coronavirus. The test could be critical in relation to preventing infection from person to person.
The great cormorant has more sensitive hearing under water than in air. This new knowledge may help protect vulnerable bird species.
Longer lives are not only for female humans: Mammalian female’s average lifespan is 18.6% longer than that of males. In humans the female advantage is on average 7.8%
Bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. By combining antibiotics with the cannabis compound, cannabidiol, researchers have found a way to enhance the antibiotic effect.
Scientists from SDU, together with Vemco Group, are now creating a visual data overview to help customers in Danish supermarkets keep their distance in the queue. The goal is to limit infection with COVID-19
Who in the Middle Ages cooked their dinner in copper pots? And where did they do it? Such information can be revealed by chemical analyzes of human bones.
The art installation is the world’s first 3D printed bioreactor. It was created by the CREATE Group from the University of Southern Denmark using a technology that can help solve the major climate challenges.
Researchers want to develop and 3D print skin for humans. The Novo Nordisk Foundation provides DKK 15 million for a new research project.
Today, industrial scrap metal is burned in order to recycle the rare and costly metal platinum, but a researcher from SDU has developed a method to recycle over 95 % of platinum.
Three students were tired of not being able to find sustainable sanitary towels. So, they developed one from plant fibres that is just as absorbent as conventional sanitary towels. Now they are looking for patents and investors.
Global warming has opened the Northeast and Northwest Passage and allowed ships to take a shortcut between Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, icebergs are still roaming and pose a danger to the ships. Now, drones are to help make the Passage safe.
For us to be able to reduce inequality in and between the countries of the world, we need better data on inequality. There is no international system for measuring inequality’, is the message from Professor Paul Sharp and more than 50 other economists.
The race is on to develop even more efficient and rechargable batteries for the future. One promising option is to make batteries based on sodium, which is found in abundance in seawater.
New study shows that peach-fronted conures have a surprisingly advanced talent for collaboration when it comes to finding food. This is important knowledge for biologists working with conservation of wild bird populations.
Is water or knowledge our most important resource? The major philosophical questions have become a popular extracurricular activity among more than 100 children in Billund Municipality, while philosophers from SDU have held philosophical dialogues on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with CoC Playful Minds.
More and more people are struggling with anxiety, but researchers hope that patients can overcome their anxiety by practicing the anxiety-inducing situations in a safe, virtual space.
Robot Scientist Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu and Senior Consultant Søren Just have developed a scanning platform that can measure the amount of disease activity in arthritis patients. The invention is now to be developed further in the new company, Ropca Holding Aps.
Many companies avoid the use of robots, because they are simply too difficult to operate. A new research project aims to develop a robot technology tailor-made for small productions, which will be able to handle assembly processes and can easily be adjusted to new tasks.
It is obvious that the cell phone should be incorporated into the health strategy of poor countries. But it requires more knowledge, a researcher points out
Every day, thousands of tons of microplastic are washed from the EU coastline into the North Atlantic Ocean. Researchers now set out to investigate how harmful this is to the North Atlantic animals and environment.
Life can flourish under the most extreme conditions. This can be observed in the waters off the pacific island Rapa Nui, where some unusual light-dependent microbes and corals recently have been found at surprisingly great depths.
SDU is currently building a research group that will focus on how cities can address both causes and effect to climate change, in a wider sustainable development perspective.
It is only a matter of years before we can produce sustainable aviation fuel in Denmark. That is the conclusion to a new report by researchers from the University of Southern Denmark. The researchers estimate that the production facilities for 100 % green aviation fuel could be ready as early as 2025.
A camera pill detects 70 % more colon polyps than a colonoscopy. The surprising result means that SDU and Odense University Hospital are now initiating the world’s largest study of 2015 patients who are at risk of developing colon or rectal cancer.
Researchers have developed an algorithm to help determine the growth and wellbeing of wild fishes. The algorithm provides biologists with a long-needed tool to very accurately measure the effects of environmental impacts and climate change on the growth of wild fishes.
Antique artefacts have been studied by chemists, revealing a hitherto unknown use of yellow in Ancient Egypt.
Development of vocal behavior during maturation is typically attributed to the brain. But the body itself is also capable of guiding this development. New experiments with marmoset monkeys show that we should not ignore the body’s own amazing capabilities.
Ammonia is a growing environmental problem, but satellites can help the agricultural sector minimize emissions. A PhD student from SDU has been awarded the European Space Agency’s sustainability award for developing a system that uses satellites to measure the evaporation of ammonia from fields.
The use of drones has changed the character of war, where modern warfare has once again become bloodier and more unpredictable.
Professor Gang Liu has tracked the global trade in plastic after China in 2018 stopped importing plastic. The researcher is in no doubt that some of our collected plastic still ends up in Asia, and no doubt that some of our collected plastic ends as an environmental problem in Asia.
Humans’ biological age would previously be determined from biomarkers in blood samples and fitness tests, and even photos. New research shows that elderly Danes today look younger at a given age than those of 10 years ago at the same age.
Researchers reinterpret Danish economic history, which goes further back than the transformation of Danish agriculture in the 1880s. The conclusion is that German speaking estate owners laid the basis for the cooperative movement in the late 18th century.
The challenge lies in understanding and overcoming all the complex mechanisms in society in order to materialise the necessary changes. At SDU we are working hard towards just that. Take part in our research by sharing your consumer preferences.
Jellyfish are found everywhere from the polar regions to tropical waters. GoJelly is an international research project, which will explore jellyfish properties to be used to clean seawater for microplastic and served as feed and food, anti-aging cream or fertilizers.
The Danish Ministry of Education is introducing the subject Technology Comprehension into selected primary and lower secondary schools so that children become competent in disciplines such as coding, sensors and 3D printing. At the same time, researchers are developing pedagogical tools to help the youngest pupils develop an interest in technology.
The talented researcher has already developed his first robot animal: a robot insect that crawls on pipes and can keep its footing in rough terrain. Now he is underway with his next project - developing a robot brain inspired by animals.
For three years, blood samples and medical equipment will be flown with drones between Odense, Svendborg and Ærø. Later, drones will also transport highly specialized healthcare professionals who need to arrive quickly. This will ensure better treatment and save the Danish health care system for almost DKK 200 million a year.
Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi is a pioneering figure in the field of nanooptics. The Russian-born Danish top-scientist receives the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.
Fossils from northernmost Greenland reveal that animals thrived in oxygen-poor conditions on Earth 520 million years ago.
A game of checkers becomes much more fun when music reflects your next move. Research shows that dynamic music strengthens players' involvement in games, and the computer game industry is starting to realise the value of soundscapes.
Biologists have long suspected this, but now there is DNA evidence: Grey seals hunt, kill and eat harbor porpoises.
A robot mounted with 80 suction cups is to build aircraft parts at Terma. With a grant from Innovation Fund Denmark, robot researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are well on the way to automating the production of composite parts, thereby securing Danish companies a great competitive advantage.
For the same price as a fitness centre subscription, we can completely avoid fossil fuels. The technology is already here, but the green transition needs political action, according to the master's thesis of two newly graduated engineers, and now PhD students at the Faculty of Engineering
Researchers warn that a combination of nanoparticles and contaminants may form a cocktail that is harmful to our cells. In their study, 72 pct. of cells died after exposure to a cocktail of nano-silver and cadmium ions.
Researchers have received 17 million DKr to investigate asubstance from brown algae. The researchers will investigate the ability of the drug to strengthen the body and combat aging.
For many years, young Danes have occupied first place in European alcohol consumption statistics, but now virtual reality will teach young people to say no to alcohol.
Efforts work best when multiple actors join forces to reduce food waste, points out SDU researcher Johanna Gollnhofer, who for one week took it upon herself to go dumpster diving.
Robot researchers from SDU are developing a nervous system inspired by animals for robots. The artificial brain will enable robots to go, adapt, and make decisions. The robots will even be able to learn new skills like dogs through reward.
Drone researchers at SDU are developing autonomous drones which can inspect overhead power lines. Equipped with camera, sensors and the ability of self-charging, the drones will replace expensive helicopters.
Don’t just expect a disaster: Coastal land has a strong potential to develop into well-functional marine ecosystems, if it gets flooded with seawater.
E-waste is today the fastest-growing type of waste and poses a global threat to the environment. “We need to get rid of our use–and-throw-away culture and think in terms of circular economics,” says a researcher from the University of Southern Denmark.
The aim of the expedition is to explore life at 8,000 m water depth and to understand the importance of the trench for regional carbon and nitrogen cycling.
Can tumors teach us about animal evolution on Earth? Researchers believe so and now present a novel hypothesis of why animal diversity increased dramatically about half a billion years ago. A biological innovation may have been key.
The altitude of the flight is a deciding factor in whether drones are a disturbance and a cause for concern when they fly over people's houses and gardens.
Sebastian H. Mernild, Professor of Climate Change and Glaciology and Managing Director of the Nansen Center research institute in Bergen, Norway, has been appointed as the new pro-rector of the University of Southern Denmark from 1 October 2020.
On the basis of the free research and education, SDU wishes to work with all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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