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Welcome to 23 new AIAS fellows

On 1 October 2017, the first 15 fellows of a cohort of 23 selected researchers will commence their fellowship at AIAS.

The group of AIAS Former Fellows (‘Alumni’) has now exceeded the number of current Fellows as AIAS will say goodbye to a large group of fellows. A cohort of 23 new fellows has now been selected in a long international triple peer review process in the spring-summer of 2017.

On 1 October 2017 AIAS welcomes the first 15 fellows of this cohort; the last 8 on 1 February 2018. The cohort of new fellows come from 18 different research institutions from around the world, are of 12 different nationalities and come from research areas within health, natural sciences, arts as well as social sciences.

The new fellows will bring projects to AIAS that span from research into Parkinson’s disease; over the writing of a conceptual history of everyday talk; to looking at nutrients recovery and bioremediation of polluted waters in treatment wetlands, and many, many more.

Novel projects, AIAS diversity and AU collaboration

While at AIAS, the new AIAS fellows will have the time to concentrate on and develop their individual research projects, but the infrastructure of AIAS also strongly supports collaboration and networking with Aarhus University faculty members and the research environments at AU and between the new, ‘old’ and ‘former’ AIAS fellows.

The new fellows and their research projects at AIAS 

Commencement 1 October 2017


  • Associate Professor, Anni Kleino, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, USA
  • Postdoc, Asad Jan, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Associate Professor, Christina Kkona, English Department, Hellenic American University, Greece
  • Associate Professor, Cici Alexander, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Postdoc, Doug Speed, UCL Genetics Institute, University College London, UK
  • Assistant Professor, Rasmus Bak, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University, USA
  • Associate Professor, Andrew Newby, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland 
  • Associate Professor, Shubiao Wu, Department of Agricultural Engineering, China Agricultural University, China
  • Postdoc, Paraskevi Manolaki, Environmental Conservation and Management, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Postdoc, Thomas Tram, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK 

EURIAS Fellows

    • Associate Professor, Samuel McCormick, Department of Communication Studies, San Francisco State University, USA
    • Associate Professor, Katie Barclay, Department of History, University of Technology, USA 

    Jens Christian Skou Fellows

    • Associate Professor, Anja Bechmann, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark 
    • Associate Professor, Søren Dinesen Østergaard, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark
    • Associate Professor, Nikolaj Zinner, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark 

    Commencement on 1 February 2018

    AIAS-COFUND Fellows

    • Associate Professor, Jessie Fillerup, Department of Music, University of Richmond, USA
    • Associate Professor, Joshua Nash, Discipline of Linguistics, University of New England, Australia 
    • Associate Professor, Anna Neuheimer, Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
    • Assistant Professor, Dennis Konnerup, School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia, Australia
    • Associate Professor, Tomonori Takeuchi, Biomedical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

    Jens Christian Skou Fellows


    Morten Kyndrup, AIAS Executive director and Professor, kyndrup@aias.au.dk
    Lena Bering, Communications Officer, lber@aias.au.dk

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