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Celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary of AIAS

With the opening of AIAS on 13 June 2013, we can now celebrate 10 years with excellent research, interdisciplinary exchanges and international collaboration. You are cordially invited to join us celebrate 10 years of interdisciplinary research and diversity at AIAS.

We welcome all fellows, former fellows, associates, AU faculty and collaborators and friends of the house. True to the renown AIAS Joint Research Presentation format, all talks will be 6-minute talks in all sessions!

We are looking forward to see you at AIAS on 13 June!


Please sign up to participate in-person in the academic and social programme of this day and evening enjoyment. It is possible to join the academic programme online via this link to Zoom.


  • 14.00-14.30: Celebratory Session 
  • 14.30-15.30: 10 Years with Multiple Disciplines - 10 6-minute science talks
  • 15.30-16.15: Birthday Cake & Coffee
  • 16.15-17.15: Looking to the Future – New Challenges, New Directions: panel
  • 17.30-18:30: Refreshments & Music 
  • 18.30-22.00: Evening Celebration -  AIAS Summer Gathering


14.00-14.30: Celebratory Session

  • Welcome: Jørgen Frøkiær, Chair of the AIAS Board of Directors & Lotte Holm, Acting Director of AIAS, AIAS Head of Secretariat
  • The founding of AIAS: Morten Kyndrup, Founding Director of AIAS, Professor, School of Communication and Culture - Aesthetics and Culture, Aarhus University
  • The importance of an IAS: Nadia Al-Bagdadi, AIAS Advisory Board member, Director of IAS Central European University (CEU) & Professor, Department of History, Central European University, Vienna, Austria
  • Life and Formats at AIAS: Sandra Eckert, AIAS Former Fellow & Professor, Social and Political Sciences, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

14.30-15.30: 10 Years with Multiple Disciplines

10 short 6-minute scientific speed lectures by ten AIAS fellows - one from each commencement year, from 2013 to 2022:

  • 2013: Cheryl Mattingly, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, US
  • 2014: Toke T. Høye, Department of Ecoscience & Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University (CANCELLED)
  • 2015: Btihaj Ajana, Digital Culture, King’s College London, UK 
  • 2016: Magnus Kjærgaard, DANDRITE & Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University
  • 2017: Doug Speed, Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Aarhus University
  • 2018: Michael Bang Petersen, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
  • 2019: Micah Allen, Department of Clinical Medicine, CFIN, Aarhus University
  • 2020: Iza Romanowska, AIAS & School of Culture and SocietyUrbNet, Aarhus University
  • 2021: Corina-Gabriela Ciobotaru, AIAS & Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University
  • 2022: Barbara Berger, AIAS & Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN), Aarhus University
  • Photo exhibition in the Hall: Jeffrey Kerby, Department of Biology - Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University, and National Geographic photographer.

15.30-16.15: Birthday Cake & Coffee in the Hall

16.15-17.15: Looking to the Future – New Challenges, New Directions?

  • A cross-disciplinary future? Missions and/ or Curiosity-driven Advanced Studies
    Wilhelm Krull, Founding Director of the New Institute and CEO of The New Institute Foundation, Hamburg
  • International collaboration – future perspectives
    Christina Garsten, Principal at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) and Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Synergies with a 'mother' university
    Poul Nissen, Professor and director of Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE), Aarhus University
  • The ideal future IAS? 
    Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, & Helen Van Noorden, AIAS Former Fellow, Girton College & Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, UK

Panel discussion - Interdisciplinary challenges and benefits: Wilhelm Krull, Christina Garsten, Poul Nissen, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen and Helen Van Noorden

Session moderator: Isabelle Torrance, AIAS Former Fellow, Department of English, Aarhus University 

17.30-18.30: Refreshments & Music

18.30-22.00: Evening Celebration - AIAS Summer Gathering

Finger food and socializing in the company of former and current colleagues and friends of AIAS.