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Information on partial opening of research laboratories

SDU expects to open research laboratories in Odense (Campusvej and Winsløwparken) and in Sønderborg from Thursday, April 23.

On Tuesday 21 April, the Ministry of Education and Research has approved that the universities can start a partial opening of research laboratories (see previous information for employees at and students at

SDU expects to open research laboratories in Odense (Campusvej and Winsløwparken) and in Sønderborg from Thursday 23 April.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has approved that up to 500 people at SDU from the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering and the Central Administration will be able to be present at the same time in and around the research laboratories.

The following staff and students will be allowed access:

  • 100 researchers / postdocs with projects at risk of loss of research data
  • 55 PhD students in the final phase of their PhD programme
  • 100 technical staff to support the work of the research laboratories, including cleaning staff
  • 245 master's thesis students in the last semester for whom laboratory experiments are critical in order to complete the study in a timely manner and for whom it is described in the curriculum that they must conduct experiments.

Since there is a simultaneous presence, the total number of people admitted in and around the laboratories may be greater, as long as not all persons are present at the same time.

The faculties agree on the local liaison committees on how to grant the permit, including whether there is a need to spread the activities in the research laboratories 24 hours a day (e.g. team changes) and / or over all 7 days of the week. Presence outside of regular working hours will depend on voluntary service. Due to the special measures taken by the authorities, it cannot be guaranteed that access will always be available within normal working hours.

On Wednesday 22 April, the faculties will send additional information to affected staff and students about access to the laboratories and the detailed guidelines for residence and conduct in the laboratories.

Best regards,

Thomas Buchvald Vind

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