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20 new AIAS fellows selected

A cohort of 20 new AIAS fellows from around the world has now been selected in a thorough international and triple peer-review process in the Spring and Summer of 2020.

Photo: The last AIAS Fellows' cohort from February 2020. By Melissa Bach Yildirim.

The 20 fellows of this group will start at AIAS at Aarhus University in the period from 1 August 2020 to 1 June 2021. 14 fellows will begin this Autumn semester of 2020; the rest of the group in the Spring of 2021. The group of 20 new fellows arrives from 19 different research institutions from around the world and bring 13 different nationalities to AIAS.

The new fellows come from academic areas within both health, arts, the natural, technical and social sciences. Their individual research projects span widely: from investigating birds and the physiological basis for superior eyesight; over research on the interpersonal violence and early state formation; to a new approach to one of the hardest and most controversial scientific questions: Why are we conscious, and how does consciousness relate to neural counterparts.

Meet the new fellows and their research projects at AIAS here:


August 2020:

  • Christian Damsgaard, Assistant Professor, University of British Colombia, Canada
  • Katarzyna Jazdzewska, Associate Professor, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw, Poland
  • Sebastijan Ricko, Postdoc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Sylvie Tesson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

September 2020:

  • Iza Romanowska, Postdoc, Barcelona Supercomputing Center BSC, Spain
  • Thomas Leppard, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Florida State University, USA

October 2020:

  • Helen Van Norrden, Associate Professor, Classical studies, Cambridge University, UK
  • Jihan Zakarriya, Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, USA
  • Mark Johnson, Associate Professor, Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Phillip Reick, Postdoc, Fellow at Centre Zentrum Marc Bloch, Germany
  • Stefan Bargheer, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California (UCLA), USA

Jens Christian Skou Fellows (internal AU employee fellowship)

October 2020:

December 2020:

  • Lau Møller Andersen, Postdoc, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

Spring 2021:

  • David Stokes, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, New York University, USA
  • Luseadra McKerracher, Postdoc, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, Canada
  • Magdalena Malecka, Postdoc, Philosophy, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland and IAS Princeton, USA
  • Mie Andersen, Associate Professor, Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Peter Fazekas, Postdoc, University of Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Yanxia Zhang, Assistant Professor, School of the Environment, Nanjing Normal University, China

Novel ideas, AIAS diversity and Aarhus University collaboration

During their AIAS fellowship, the new fellows will have time to develop their innovative research projects in collaboration and networking with Aarhus University faculty members and research environments.

Through the weekly AIAS Seminar Series, lunches and other interdisciplinary events and meetings at AIAS, fellows also have the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with the other new, the current and former AIAS fellows.


Søren Rud Keiding, AIAS Director, Professor keiding@au.dk
Lena Bering, Communications Officer, lber@aias.au.dk

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