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The Department in general

The Department of Environmental Science conducts fundamental and problem-oriented research within ecological, chemical and physical contexts in the environment, as well as in economic, political and social conditions in the interaction between environment and society. The Department carries out research-based public administration and provides research-based advice.

The academic expertise ranges from atmospheric chemistry and physics, to environmental chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology, to environmental economics, environmental geography, politics and sociology.

An important task is to offer research-based public services and advice in the environmental field. 

We are about 150 employees as well as students and guest researchers. Together we have an exciting and inspiring work and study life, and we work closely with researchers from many Danish and foreign institutions.

If you have further questions after reading about our work, you are always welcome to contact one of our employees.

The Department of Environmental Science is located at Risø near Roskilde.

Research programs

The Department of Environmental Science works interdisciplinary with society's challenges, including 7 strategic growth areas.

Here, chemists, microbiologists, atmospheric physicians, geographers, engineers, economists, sociologists and political scientists contribute in close collaboration with methods and knowledge to create sustainable development.

Head of Department

Deputy Head of Department

Ole Hertel

Deputy Head of Department, Professor