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The Statutes, describing details concerning the purpose and organization of the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), were signed on 23 August 2012 by Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Rector of Aarhus University.


1. Status

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) is established under article 9 (1) of the Aarhus University (AU) statutes as an organizational unit with a specific mission. AIAS is independent of the university in all academic matters, within the framework of its budget.

2. Mission

The mission of AIAS is to advance highest quality research at Aarhus University by attracting talented, highly qualified fellows worldwide and within all disciplines, providing ideal opportunities to further develop their research in short to long fellowship periods, and ensuring fellows’ participation in different kinds of collaboration and exchange with researchers, research groups and advanced students at AU.

3. Duties and Activities

(1) The purpose of AIAS is to provide a physical home and programmatic framework for excellent researchers who come to AU from outside Denmark for shorter or longer periods. AIAS may also house fellows who are already employed by AU. AIAS will establish a physical and programmatic infrastructure to promote the exchange of ideas and research results among the fellows and the building of connections to AU’s research environments.

(2) AIAS will function as a base and entry point for other guest researchers from abroad and offer settling-in assistance as needed.

(3) AIAS may, upon request from the university, provide academic review services, as for example may be required for the evaluation and prioritization of significant research grant applications.

4. Facilities

The university will provide buildings and facilities that reflect the vision for AIAS and support its mission. Where necessary, the university’s main academic areas will make laboratory and similar facilities available to AIAS fellows as appropriate.

5. Financing

AIAS is funded by Aarhus University, Aarhus University Research Foundation, and other external contributions in the form of grants and donations. The fiscal year is 1 January to 31 December.



6. Leadership

The chief executive of AIAS is its director, who bears responsibility for its activities and management. The university rector selects the director after a formal search process that includes an assessment of the candidate’s academic qualifications, leadership experience, and vision for AIAS. The director must be an internationally accomplished researcher. The director’s term is normally 6 years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 3 years.


7. Board

The board advises the director in all academic matters as well as other affairs of significance to AIAS. The board is appointed by the university rector, who also determines the number of board members. Board members must be active researchers with international experience and recognition. Board members are normally appointed for a term of 4 years, and the appointment is renewable.

The director of AIAS is the chairperson of the board. The board elects a vice-chairperson, who also serves as deputy director of AIAS. The appointment of vice-chairperson must be approved by the university rector.

In matters concerning the director’s performance of his or her duties, the board may meet without the presence of the director. A majority vote of the board is required formally to recommend to the university rector the removal of the AIAS director.


8. Advisory Board

AIAS will establish an advisory board composed of internationally recognized researchers. The advisory board advises the board and the director on matters concerning AIAS’ development, including the recruitment of fellows.


AIAS is formally established through these statutes, which are in effect upon signature by the Aarhus University rector. Statutes may be taken up for review and amended by the Rector of Aarhus University. The AIAS board is entitled to give its opinion on any proposed amendments or changes before a decision is made.