Partial, limited reopening of Nat

We’re unlikely ever to forget the spring of 2020. The coronavirus has locked down society, and for many of us, this has meant completely new work routines, new and unforeseen tasks, children at home, and a larger workload. Read the greeting from Nat's dean here.

Dean at Nat, Kristian Pedersen.
Dean at Nat, Kristian Pedersen.

Dear employees at Nat

We’re unlikely ever to forget the spring of 2020. The coronavirus has locked down society, and for many of us, this has meant completely new work routines, new and unforeseen tasks, children at home, and a larger workload.

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your enormous professionalism, flexibility and creativity in reorganising teaching, exams, research projects and administration work. You have all made a huge effort. Moreover, several research groups have started working on corona-related research at very short notice. I’m very proud to be part of an organisation that can adapt so quickly.

However, this has not been without a cost. I’m very well aware of this. This is why many of you have a strong desire to get started again, especially with critical activities. Perhaps to let a PhD student use the laboratory to complete an experiment, or to rescue or maintain experiments or to analyse samples with limited lifetimes.

Politicians and the Ministry have now given the green light for a partial reopening of the laboratories. We should be grateful for this ray of light in the darkness. The universities have been given a maximum of 1,700 employees permitted to access the laboratories at any one time. Of this total, Nat has been allocated 125.

This means that the reopening will be very limited, and only very few employees will be able to use the laboratories to start with. The faculty management team at Nat are in close dialogue about reopening the laboratories. Department heads have now named the researchers, PhDs, technicians and thesis students who will be the first to be able to use the laboratories again.

In order to prevent spreading the virus, we need to keep within the framework laid down by the authorities. We’ll open up more as soon as we can, but it’s vital that we do so at the pace the authorities allow, and that we follow the guidelines from the Danish Health Authority.

If you have any questions about the reopening, I suggest you contact your immediate supervisor.

I have had an unpredictable and turbulent start as the new dean. I'm very much looking forward to getting to know all of you. And I'm particularly looking forward to meeting you in the labs, in the lecture theatres and in your offices, when we get the chance to do so!

Until then, you are very welcome to send me an email at dean.nat@au.dk or follow and contact me via Twitter at @Nat_AU_Dean.

Finally, remember there’s more information on these websites:  

Take care of each other, remember to give colleagues and students a word of encouragement – and look after yourself too, for example by taking a break from your screen and getting out into the lovely spring weather.

Kind regards,

Kristian Pedersen

Dean, Nat