With the acquisition of the former municipal hospital property (now called the University City), AU has been given a unique opportunity to consolidate and strengthen a number of educational and research activities on the university's central campus in Aarhus. Therefore, in 2018, the university board approved a master plan, referred to as Campus 2.0, for the physical development of the university over the years to come. Read more about the master plan at au.dk/newcampus
For Nat and Tech, the Campus 2.0 plans are an opportunity to gather the faculties' Aarhus activities on campus and in Katrinebjerg, and thus uphold and strengthen the close collaboration between the natural sciences and technical-scientific fields.
Read on for an overall description of what Campus 2.0 will mean for Nat.
MBG will be the first department to move into the University City on the former municipal hospital property. The department expects to take over the buildings at the northern end of the hospital site in 2022. Local users are being involved in the process in connection with preparations for the relocation. Read more on the MBG website.
A strong educational environment will be established around the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Chemistry in Ny Munkegade, close to canteens and other student facilities. More mixed learning environments will be established.
Nat and Tech will concentrate a large part of the strategic engineering and digital transformation initiatives in Katrinebjerg and, together with Arts, will help create a strong research, education and development environment within computer science, digital transformation, digital design, information and communication science, and engineering activities within building and production, mechanical and electrical engineering, electrical power technology and IT.
The relocation of Tech's biological fields from Kalø and Silkeborg to the University Park, close to the Department of Biology, and the relocation of the educational activities of the Department of Agroecology, the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science from Katrinebjerg to the University Park, will create a strong "green" research and education area for life sciences between MBG in the University City and Biomedicine, Bioscience, QGG, Biology, Geoscience and Agroecology in the University Park. The central location in the University Park creates the basis for the best synergy between the different degree programmes, the use of joint wet and dry research and educational facilities, as well as the opportunity for synergy and collaboration across research areas.
MBG's current buildings in the Science Park, Gustav Wieds Vej, will be taken over by engineers (Biotechnology and Chemical engineering). This will provide a closer connection to iNANO and the Department of Chemistry, while at the same time ensuring close vicinity to engineering activities in Katrinebjerg.