Aarhus University (AU) is the second largest University in Denmark, educates 44,500 students and about 450 PhD students annually with 11,550 permanent staff. AU ranks among the top 10 universities founded within the past 100 years and is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Denmark ranks as Scandinavia’s number one university for environmental research . AU has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world's best research institutions and university networks. AU has been/is participating in 358 FP7, H2020 and Marie Curie projects and has 39 ERC-grants. Further information and key figures can be found at http://www.au.dk/en/about
Two AU Departments participate in FAIRWay: The departments of Environmental Science (AU-ENVS) and The Department of Agroecology (AU-AGRO). AU-ENVS is an interdisciplinary department, with expertise ranging from physics, chemistry, microbiology and mathematical modelling to social science, geography, economics and policy analysis. The department conducts pure and applied research related to some of the major challenges facing society and their potential solutions, such as agricultural pollution and the degradation of soil, water, air and biodiversity. The Environmental Social Science research unit, which is engaged in FAIRWay, employing 20 staff, focuses on interdisciplinary analysis of the interlinkages between the environment and society involving the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. The strategic focus of the unit includes environmental economic research, bioeconomic modelling, the economics of ecosystem services and the understanding of actors in policy formulation and implementation.
AU-AGRO carries out integrated agro-ecological research into the interaction between soil, plants, animals, climate and humans in agricultural systems to the advancement of health, sustainability and environmentally friendly production of foods, feed and energy crops. AU-AGRO has large expertise in studying nutrient cycling and the physical and chemical and biological processes in the soil-crop-water system. The Department has also broad competences in analyzing the consequences of agricultural land use changes, agricultural and rural development policies, including schemes for the protection of soils, climate, water, nature and the environment. Furthermore , AU-AGRO’s has core competences in GEO database analyses, modelling in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), methods for stakeholder involvement and the upscaling and generalization of information on agriculture and the environment in support of multi criteria decision making.