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  • 12.04.2021

    The first sustainability report for SDU has been published

    With this first sustainability report for SDU, we provide a brief status of the work in 2019-2020.

  • 11.12.2020

    SDU ranks high on sustainability among world university rankings

    In the Green Metrics 2020 measurement of the universities' work with sustainability, SDU ranked twelfth out of 922 universities from around the world.

  • 13.11.2020

    The Inspiration Prize 2020

    The Inspiration Prize is presented to a group of staff and/or students who have devoted themselves to working with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 21.09.2020

    Concrete absorbs large amounts of CO2

    Like trees, concrete buildings absorb CO2. New calculations show that concrete absorbs roughly 30 percent of the amount of CO2 that cement production emits.

  • 25.06.2020

    Threats from the micro universe

    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.

  • 22.06.2020

    Can theatre help climate change?

    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.

  • 11.06.2020

    “Drone birds” to inspect bridges and railroads in Europe

    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.

  • 13.05.2020

    You cannot avoid microplastics

    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.

  • 07.05.2020

    SDU helping to ensure clean drinking water in India

    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.

  • 30.04.2020

    Sea wrack on the beach: Disgusting or valuable?

    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.

  • 02.04.2020

    SDU becomes a member of the United Nations Global Sustainability Network SDSN

    As a member of SDSN, SDU will be part of a network that, based on scientific and technological expertise, focuses on promoting the UN's global goals and creating a more sustainable society.

  • 11.03.2020

    H.O.R.T.U.S. XL absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere

    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.

  • 05.03.2020

    95 % of platinum can be recycled with new method

    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.

  • 27.02.2020

    Students develop sustainable sanitary towels from plants

    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.

  • 27.02.2020

    Researchers are calling for better data on inequality

    ‘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.

  • 23.01.2020

    Will the future’s super batteries be made of seawater?

    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.

  • 20.12.2019

    Can philosophical dialogues counteract eco-anxiety?

    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.

  • 20.12.2019

    Engineers must think circular in product creation

    The University of Southern Denmark is going down a completely new path to educate engineers in sustainable thinking. Materials like textiles, plastics and wind turbine blades are to be recycled into new products.

  • 20.12.2019

    Just eat pork crackling - it’s beneficial for the climate

    An excessive proportion of our meat is being incinerated instead of being eaten. For example, only a quarter of the cow ends up as meat on our plates. Recent research shows that opening our gastronomic horizons has major benefits for the climate - and not least by eating more brawn and pork crackling at Christmas time.

  • 09.12.2019

    Microplastic to be mapped in the North Atlantic Ocean

    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.

  • 21.11.2019

    Large cities must prepare for water and heating

    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.

  • 05.11.2019

    This is how scientists plan to produce sustainable aviation fuel

    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.

  • 23.10.2019

    SDU grants new award for Sustainable Development Goals

    Christine Stabell Benn and her research team are the first recipients of the Inspiration Award, which SDU has established to support the university’s work on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 16.10.2019

    Algorithm to help understand wild fishes

    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.

  • 03.10.2019

    Humanities and the Sustainable Development Goals

    At this year’s leadership seminar, the humanities at SDU focused on the UN’s SDGs, including presentations from Mogens Lykketoft, project manager Louise Thomsen from CBS, and an ardent debate on how a university can work with the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 02.10.2019

    HIV medication only works if it arrives

    Civil war, coup d’état and numerous attempted coups. For years, Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by political unrest affecting the prevention and treatment of HIV infection in the poor West African country.

  • 10.09.2019

    Microorganisms reduce methane release from the ocean

    Bacteria in the Pacific Ocean remove large amounts of the greenhouse gas methane

  • 09.09.2019

    Satellites to stop ammonia emissions

    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.

  • 30.08.2019

    SDU students win Climate Award

    Anders Winther Mortensen and Kasper Dalgas Rasmussen will receive the Climate Award 2019 for their research and for their work for the climate and a Danish society free of fossil fuels. The award was presented yesterday at the banquet hall at the Odense City Hall.

  • 07.08.2019

    SDU initiatives in the running for sustainable awards

    Professor Henrik Wenzel and the two PhD students Anders Mortensen and Kasper Rasmussen from SDU are among the nominees for Odense’s SDG Awards, which are given at the end of August.

  • 01.01.0001

    UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals become SDU’s goals

    The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is about to undertake the largest transformation in the history of the university.