Partner 04: Aarhus Universitet

Partner description

Aarhus University (AU) was founded in 1928. It has 39,000 students; about 1,800 PhD students – of which one in four has a foreign nationality - and close to 850 postdoctoral scholars together with 11,500 employees (2017). AU has four faculties which cover the entire research spectrum from basic research, applied research, strategic research and research based advice to the authorities.

In recent years AU has been moving up the most important university ranking lists. In 2018, the university was number 111 at the Leiden Ranking and number 123 of 17,000 universities on the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (2019). The Department of Public Health conduct research into the health challenges facing society to promote health and to prevent, treat and alleviate disease. Involved in the project are AUs Department of Animal Science, Department of Agroecology and Department of Public health.


Role in the project

AU is partner in the project and will co-lead WP2, being responsible for the development of integrated diagnostic approach, and its validation at CSS (task 2.3) and contribute to WP3, WP4 and WP5, namely on complementing exposure data for models improvement (task 3.3), assessment of the effects of PPPs’ mixtures on animal health (task 4.4) and on Health impact assessment and creating maps (task 5.3). Furthermore, AU is responsible for the Danish Case Study Site, CSS10-Denmark.

Involved personnel

04 Schlunssen

Prof. dr. Schlünssen MD is specialist in occupational and environmental medicine. Research profile:farmers exposure and health, respiratory diseases, and exposure assessment in the Public Health and the occupational field. Former head of Danish Society for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Chairman of The Danish Working EnvironmentAuthority´s board for occupational exposure limits.

04 Sigsgaard

Prof. dr. Sigsgaard is specialist in organic dust and health, respiratory diseases, allergy. Epidemiological as well as toxicological expertise with emphasis on environmental and occupationalexposures. Former head of assembly Epidemiology and Occupation, European Respiratory Society & WG OrganicDust, ICOH Vice Chair National Research Center for Work Environment Research.


Dr. Sørensen is a senior researcher specialist in in farm animal nutrition and physiology. He has experience in exposure of farm animals to pesticides.

Silhouet Dr. Nørgaard Is a researcher at the Department of Agroecology in the section of Soil Physics and Hydropedology. She has an expertise in soil colloid dispersibility, mobility and transport, and contaminant fate and transport, including colloid-facilitated transport.
04 Jonge Prof. dr. Jonge is specialist in soil physics, and fate and effect of pesticides in soils.

Dr. Anne Vested has an expertise within epidemiological research in Public Health and Occupational Medicine. She is a postdoc at the Department of Public Health - Environment, Occupation, and Helath, Aarhus University, DK, and her research profile includes working with prenatal exposure to persistant organic pollutants and opffspring reproductive health, farming and wood dust exposure and respiratory disease, and daytime light exposure assessment.

 AU Kirsten Ostergaard

Kirsten Østergaard working as Lab. Technic. at Public Health, Aarhus University. She is involved in the SPRINT project and is going to collect all human samples from farmers together with Anne Vested and Vivi Schlünssen. She has been involved in many field studies having to collect human material, lung tests, and so on.