About the Department of Environmental Science

Department of Environmental Science runs basic and problem-oriented research within organic, chemical and physical connections in the environment and within economic, political and social conditions in the interaction between environment and society. The department carries out research-based consultancy for the public sector and provides research-based advice.

The academic expertise ranges from atmospheric chemistry and pysics towards environmental chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology to environmental economics, environmental geography, political science and sociology.

An important task is to provide research-based consultancy for the public sector and advice in the environmental field. A new study programme in environmental science is under construction.

We are about 130 employees and students. Together, we have an exciting and inspiring work and student life, and we work closely together with researchers from many Danish and foreign institutions.

If you, after having read about our work, have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our employees.

Department of Environmental Science is placed at Risø near Roskilde.

Research programmes

The Department of Environmental Science carries out an interdisciplinary work with the society’s challenges through three dedicated research programmes:

  • Resource efficiency
  • Environment and health
  • Sustainable energy and environment

In this context, chemists, microbiologists, atmospheric physicists, geographers, engineers, economists, sociologists and political scientists in close cooperation with methods and knowledge contribute to create a sustainable development.

Monitoring and consultancy for the public sector

The department has several roles within the monitoring and consultancy for the public sector:

  • Carries out the national monitoring of the air quality in Denmark.
  • Manages the national FDC for air quality
  • Prepares the national emission surveys of greenhouse gasses and air pollutants
  • Participates in monitoring programmes with accredited chemical analyses
  • Carries out assignments within the national oil reserves
  • Performs consultancy tasks regarding environmental assessment of construction works, various regulatory initiatives and risk assignments on hazardous chemicals and (genetically modified) micro-organisms.

Targets for Department of Environmental Science

The overall target for the Department of Environmental Science is to create a leading - and interdisciplinary - department measured on the basis of education and training, admission of students, number of PhD students and postdocs, scientific production and quality, socially relevant consultancy for the public sector, monitoring and satisfied employees, among others. The Department of Environmental Science runs basic and problem-oriented research which leads to a deeper recognition of organic, chemical and physical connections in the environment due to human impacts and recognition of economic, political and social relations in the interaction between environment and society.

The Department of Environmental Science wants to be a bridgehead for AU within education in the metropolitan area. The goal is to create an international, strong and highly research-based learning environment for students at the master’s and the PhD level.

Head of Department: Carsten Suhr Jacobsen