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Collaboration Partners

Geoscience is one of the departments at Faculty of Natural Sciences with the strongest industry collaboration. All our industry collaboration is closely related to our research and take place on both large and small scales. Below are examples of running large strategic projects at the department.


Department of Geoscience is playing a leading role in the regional hub at Aarhus University of the ESA Business Incubator Denmark (ESA BIC DK). ESA BIC DK is a new national centre that will act as an incubator for future space entrepreneurs, and turn Denmark into a powerhouse within the fast-growing space industry.

The ESA BIC hub at AU is a collaboration between Department of Engineering, Department of Bioscience, Department of Geoscience and Department of Physics and Astronomy. The hub is led by Christoffer Karoff from Department of Geoscience and will facilitate ideas for start-ups among students at the departments through an interdisciplinary Space Entrepreneurship Programme, which will teach students in subjects within both space technology and entrepreneurship. The program is expected to start in 2020

You can read more about ESA BIC DK here and here.

Geocenter Denmark

Department of Geoscience is part of Geocenter Denmark, a national center of geoscientific research, education, consulting, innovation and publishing at a high international level.

The center is a formalised cooperation between Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Aarhus and Geological Museum and Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Copenhagen.

Read more on Geocenter Denmark's homepage (most in Danish)

Qeye Labs and AP Møller Holding

Department of Geoscience is a strong partner in the GEOTHERM project on expanding the use of geothermal heating plants in Denmark. The project is funded by IFD and include participation from GEUS and Qeye Labs. Following this project AP Møller Holding has announces planets to start producing geothermal test drillings on at large scale together with Qeye Labs. The ambition is that geothermal heating plants should cover 30% of the district heating in Denmark.

SkyTEM Surveys

SkyTEM Surveys ApS is spin-out of the Department of Geoscience. Prof. Emiritus Kurt Sørensen lead the design and development of the system at the department and in 2004 the spin-out company was created. Today SkyTEM Surveys is the world-leading airborne geophysical survey company offering the acquisition and advanced processing of transient electromagnetic data, and there are still strong ties and collaboration with the Hydrogeophysics group at the department. The solutions offered by SkyTEM are used for mineral exploration, water & environment, geotechnical engineering and oil and gas.


Through the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre we have a strong connection to Total. This includes a Total professorship at the Department (Hamed Sanei) and a number of large research project on sounding and modelling the North Sea basin.

On small scales most researchers at the Department of Geoscience are running a number of projects with the private industry. These projects are often through students exchange, providing different services or though taking part in consortia applying for applied research funds.