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Enrolment 2020

Activities include workshops, peer feedback sessions, a summer school, and an individual project. Students will also be asked to plan and host an event.


Welcome Day – with vice-dean Lise Wogensen, programme coordinator Anja Einholm, Kathrine Arlander and course leaders

Date: Thursday 1 October 2020 17:00-19:00

Location: Det Blå Auditorium, Victor Albeck Building (building 1266, room 222)

Recommended PhD course: C236/18 Introduction to Research Training in Health Sciences

The course is relevant to students that are planning to start research training (apply through link in the right sidebar).

Dates: Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October 2020

Recommended PhD course: C262/X Get ready to work with biostatistics  

The course is relevant to students that are planning to start research training (apply through link in the right sidebar).

Dates: February/March 2021


WS1: Researcher development and project management


  • Friday 2 October 2020 16:00-21:00
  • Saturday 3 October 2020 8:00-14:30

Course leaders: Rune Dall Jensen and Christine Ilkjær  

Content The workshop focuses on early career researcher training. The aim of the workshop is to introduce the students to research and strengthen their insight in research paradigms, research set-ups and their role as a researcher. The workshop will be built around interplay between lectures and student activated activities.

Location Kollokvierum Øst, Victor Albeck Building (building 1268, room 218)  

WS2: Novo Nordisk - Drug development: From idea to patients


  • Friday 20 November 2020 16:00-19:00 (and afterwards dinner)
  • Saturday 21 November 2020 09:00-17:00

Content Development of drugs will be studied from idea generation to patient accessibility, including early research, pre-clinical testing, clinical testing, product registration and market preparation. Representatives from different areas in Novo Nordisk will be present to describe what they do, their collaborations and the competencies needed in their area. In addition to lectures there will be case discussions in smaller groups.

Goal of workshop Increase student’s understanding of the endeavours and activities needed to take an exciting idea from the lab to patients in a global setting.

Location Kollokvierum Øst, Victor Albeck Building (building 1268, room 218)

WS3: Academic English for Science


  • Monday 15 March 2021 17:00-20:00
  • Monday 22 March 2021 17:00-20:00
  • Monday 29 March 2021 17:00-20:00

Course leader: Morten Pilegaard 

Content The aim of this workshop is to impart knowledge about and give participants an introduction to academic text production in English, applying textual and discourse strategies and methodologies in accordance with written academic English conventions in health sciences. To achieve this aim, you will acquire (A) knowledge about 1) the conventions in research papers; 2) the basic textual and discourse features of papers; 3) efficient and effective processes for writing; 4) the main differences between English and Danish grammar and language usage; (B) proficiency in 1) production and revision of specific types of academic text genres and text types; 2) tracing and revision of inexpedient language features, including unidiomatic English and typical grammatical errors made by Danish writers of academic English. You will be working with both exercises and your own texts.

Location TBA

WS4: Heart Failure


  • Wednesday 14 April 2021
  • Wednesday 21 April 2021
  • Wednesday 28 April 2021

Course leaders: Christian Aalkjær, Hans Erik Bøtker and Bo Christensen 

Content Heart failure is a clinical condition, where patients have symptoms as a consequence of reduced pumping of the heart. Heart failure is a common condition, with a current prevalence of 1-2%, which is rising and there are 500 new cases in Denmark every year. The most important etiological factors are ischemic heart disease, hypertension, arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy. The everage life expectancy after diagnosis is 5 years, and the condition is associated with poor quality of life and is a burden on society. Patients with heart failure often have comorbidities and may be difficult to handle the way our health care system is organized. The course will discuss the condition from "molecule to man" and even to society. The research at Aarhus University and elsewhere relating to heart failure will be presented and discussed including animal models used and the efforts to ensure that the most up-to-date knowledge on heart failure is brougt to the benefit of the patients.

Goal of workshop TBA

Location TBA 

Summer school


Summer school in transferable skills

Dates (week 33) :

  • Monday 16 - Friday 20 August 2021   

Course leaders: TBA

Content This course will provide you with a general introduction to soft-skills needed for a career in research. We aim for a patchwork of different topics that will enable you to reflect on your own development as a researcher. After the course, you will have knowledge and tools that are not part of the normal curriculum but essential to a young researcher in training. Topics we aim to include are career planning, personal development, cultural understanding, logic and argumentation, rhetoric, communicating science to non-specialists, paper writing and presentation skills, research planning and management, responsible conduct of research, ethics, writing grant applications, funding landscape, societal challenges, intellectual property rights, and student-supervisor relations. Before and during the course you will receive reading materials and/or small tasks to prepare. Even though some of the topics will overlap with subjects from the Introduction Course or other PhD courses at Health, the course will not be a duplicate experience.

Location TBA

Peer Feedback Sessions I-V


  • Peer feedback session I - 22 October 2020 -  16:00-21:00
  • Peer feedback session II - 28 January 2021 -  16:00-20:00
  • Peer feedback session III - 6 May 2021 -  16:00-20:00
  • Peer feedback session IV 
  • Peer feedback session V  

Course leader: Anja Einholm  

Content The peer feedback sessions focus on personal and intellectual competences. The student presents his/her individual projects, including the goals, progression, and challenges. The sessions allow the student to present their work to the other students in the programme, and thereby discuss the projects and get inspiration from each other. During the peer feedback sessions, the student is trained in presentation and feedback. Peer feedback session IV includes student from the Innovation Track as well as the Research Track.


22 Ocotber 2020 - Meeting room 1, Stakladen (building 1421) 

28 January 2021 - Meeting room 1, Stakladen (building 1421)

6 May 2021 - Meeting room 1, Stakladen (building 1421)  

Student-arranged event


  • Autumn 2021

Content As part of the Research & Innovation Honours Programme, students from the Research Track must in collaboration with students from the Innovation Track plan and hold an event for their fellow students at AU for students who are not enrolled in the honours programme. The event can be academic or social, but must target fellow students. The event can be planned in groups, or by all Honours Programme students together. The aim is to develop the student’s professional and career competences through network.