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Every faculty at Aarhus University gets its own innovator


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Connections between universities and the startup ecosystem have been strengthened with a number of initiatives in recent years.

Now Aarhus University is taking another step in that direction. The university board has decided to create a number of new positions at the university as “AU Distinguished Senior Innovators (DSI)”.

In practice, a DSI will be appointed at each faculty, who will be an experienced researcher who wants to spend their time on a combination of research and innovation.

“The thinking is that there are more people who need to work with innovation as a goal in their research jobs. They must be innovators working to develop new technologies. So they don’t divide their time between teaching and research, but between research and innovation,” says Jeppe Dørup Olesen, Chief Innovation Officer at Aarhus University.

The researcher will still be affiliated with her department, but will also be tasked with being a bridge builder and catalyst for innovation at the department – including spending part of her time in The Kitchen, the university’s innovation hub. The ambition is to make them ambassadors for academic entrepreneurship while advising and supporting projects that can create a positive change in advancing the innovation and entrepreneurship agenda of the faculty.

The new DISs will be appointed during the fall and formally start January 1, 2025.

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