With over 37,000 students and more than 7,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark.
To meet the global challenges of the 21st century, all faculties at the University, including experts in law, economy, health, social, and natural science, are engaged in high quality sustainability research. Most importantly, our researchers join forces in cross-disciplinary networks, outreach initiatives and educational programmes based on the philosophy that all disciplines are required to produce truly sustainable solutions.
The Sustainability Science Centre is the University’s one-stop-shop from where this knowledge is facilitated to businesses, the public and decision makers. Through strategic partnerships the centre is able to offer a unique combination of knowledge-transfer that suits specific needs and incorporates both social, economic, and cultural aspects together with the technical challenges of a sustainable future.
The University’s focus areas for sustainability research include global stewardship and public engagement; human-Earth system interactions; the development of new technologies with consideration of social drivers and barriers; and the cultural, climatic and resource driven development of the Arctic and Greenland.
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With more than 4.800 researchers employed at the University of Copenhagen, experts within all scientific fields are represented. Research takes place in various environments ranging from the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, through high-technology laboratories to historical museum collections. Please search our database for information on researchers, publications and subjects.
The University of Copenhagen is now in possession of Denmark’s most energy efficient laboratory building. The tower has brought the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences new research laboratories, offices, classrooms and auditoriums. Outside the building there is bicycle parking for 2,350 bicycles: 950 under cover in the basement and 1,400 in the campus park. […]
In order to develop new battery materials, new solar panels, new fuel cells and many other useful products, electrochemists need to test their system with different variations. Countless variations. Testing the variations is time consuming and yet not very productive. To liberate time and creativity of researchers and students, a research group has developed tools […]
Ash from combustion of bio-fuel in power plants contains heavy metals and is currently regarded as a waste product only to be recycled to plantations and cultivated fields in small amounts. ASHBACK aims to improve the economy of bio-fuels by enabling more ash recycling through increased knowledge about both its safety and side effects. Centre […]
The robot PhenoLab has made it possible to automate a lot of routines connected to experiments in plants. This helps the researchers get a better understanding of how the plants regulate their intake of water and nutrients, which is relevant in the search for plants optimized for the future climate conditions and with improved use of the resources.
Daisy is an advanced soil-plant-atmosphere model that simulates plant growth as a function of water and nitrogen availability. It contains a detailed description of the soil that may include macropores and drains which also allow for description of transport of particles and pesticides. The modelling system allows a choice between process descriptions of different complexity […]
The project “Waste Taste” addresses how primary fruit, vegetable, and berry producers can use vacuum-drying to avoid or reduce their food waste. This is done by converting the waste into valuable food ingredients and new products via an energy-efficient vacuum-drying technique. The project will investigate the food waste from primary producers, such as the waste […]
Gas Phase Advanced Oxidation, or GPAO, is a novel method to remove industrial contaminants from air. Because GPAO uses very little energy and requires almost no maintenance, it is uniquely cost efficient for removing gas phase pollution, including Sulphur compounds and hydrocarbons. It also removes ozone, nitrogen oxides, and harmful particulate matter including pollen, spores […]
Dual Porosity Filtration (DPF) treats contaminated surface water, for instance water from roads, so it can meet high environmental standards. DPF technology treats the water to a high quality without the use of chemicals and holds the potential to transform contaminated surface water into drinking water. How does it work? A dual porosity filter has […]
Good water management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Without proper sanitation, sewerage and clean water supply, there is no liveable city. This white paper features lessons learned from different Danish stakeholders within urban water management. It is meant to serve as a tool for inspiration for creating innovative water solutions, which contribute to smarter and more liveable cities.
Good rainwater management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Population growth and urbanisation, floodings as well as more frequent and longer periods of droughts all encourage an optimised use of rainwater in cities. Traditionally speaking, climate adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climate […]