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Theme Groups

AIAS invites researchers at Aarhus University to participate in the creation of collaborative groups that bring together researchers from at least three departments, spanning at least two faculties, united by one overarching theme: 3-2-1-Go!

Do you have an interdisciplinary research theme that spans across departments and faculties and needs a framework? Take advantage of AIAS's resources to help it be realized.

AIAS offers a dynamic platform that transcends disciplinary and organizational boundaries, providing essential support and infrastructure to move your ideas forward. The theme will be integrated into the annual AIAS-AUFF fellowship programme, allowing to attract applicants whose projects are aligned with the research ideas.

Why a 3-2-1-Go! Collaborative Theme Group

A theme group is sustained by its core members. It is comprised by researchers from at least three different departments involving at least two faculties at Aarhus University. The theme groups run from August 2024 to July 2026.

In support of the theme, AIAS will provide:

  • Meeting facilities at AIAS for the core theme group
  • Short-term office facilities for core theme group members or visitors as space permits
  • A dedicated webpage, hosted at AIAS
  • Integration of the theme into the annual AIAS-AUFF fellowship program, allowing to attract applicants whose project are aligned with the research ideas
  • Administrative support and facilities for workshops or conferences

AIAS may also be able to offer limited financial support for activities such as catering etc.

The selection will be carried out by the AU Interdisciplinary Task-force. It is expected that 2-4 theme groups will be selected. Depending on the interest, the call may be repeated in 2025.

Proposals for a Collaborative Theme Group

Applications must contain the following:

  1. Presentation of the theme (2 pages): Describe the theme, its relevance and potential impact. Indicate how you hope to grow it, and why collaboration is needed.

  2. Description of the group (1 page): Briefly outline the profiles of core group members indicating their complementarity. External collaborators can also be mentioned.

  3. Outline of the schedule (1 page): indicate planned activities and possible milestones, including a short discussion of feasibility and plans for AIAS involvement.

Applications must be sent in one single pdf on email to Lotte Holm at lho@aias.au.dk by the time of the application deadline.

Deadline and timeframe

Application deadline: April 8, 2024

Notification of evaluation: June 1, 2024

Start of theme: August 15, 2024 (run for two years)

About AIAS

As an 'Institute for Advanced Study,' AIAS brings researchers together across disciplines, seniority and nationality. AIAS offers fellowships for excellent researchers from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge research projects for the benefit of society and humankind in optimal research conditions.

The daily encounter with colleagues from diverse research disciplines at AIAS provides fellows with fresh and different insights, methods and perspectives on their own research, leading to new and unexpected research questions and ideas.


  • Lotte Holm at lho@aias.au.dk or on +45 21342914 for further information.


  • 8 April 2024 at 12.00 (noon) CET.