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Roskilde University was originally established in order to challenge academic traditions and to experiment with new ways to create and acquire knowledge.

At RUC we cultivate a project and problem oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others.

We employ an interdisciplinary approach because no major problems are ever resolved on the basis of any single academic discipline alone.

We also cultivate transparency, because we passionately believe that participation and knowledge-sharing are prerequisites for freedom of thought, democracy, tolerance and development.

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We believe the education of the future is project and problem-oriented

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At Roskilde University we have 4 Doctoral Schools covering the many research areas at the University within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical Sciences and Natural Sciences.

We create knowledge and share it with society

Lone Simonsen

The Carlsberg Foundation grants DKK 10 million for research in mathematical pandemic models

Since January 2020 the ongoing Corona pandemic has thrown the world into a deep health crisis. The Carlsberg Foundation therefore grants DKK 10 million to a new Semper Ardens project for the development of mathematical models to predict the potential development of future epidemics. Professor Lone Simonsen at Roskilde University will lead this Semper Ardens project.

Solar cells

1.7 million euro grant to research sustainable behaviour and better energy management

Researchers from Roskilde University are participating in a Danish-German collaboration to create sustainable digitalisation to assist in ensuring more cost-effective consumption of renewable energy in private households. The project is supported by the EU’s Interreg initiative.

Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi

»My research only makes sense if in the future there are patients who get a better prognosis«

30-year-old Fatima AlZahra’a Alatraktchi is already a well-known name in the research world for her work on detecting very early signs of disease in humans. Her research has now led her to RUC, where she looks forward to working with researchers outside her own field of expertise.

Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen

He wants to create the agricultural systems of the future

Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen has a foot in two very different fields when he conducts research in close collaboration with Danish farmers.

Patients with spanish flu in a hospital

100 years: Knowledge of the Spanish flu enhances our preparedness for future pandemics

Unique Danish data gives Professor Lone Simonsen an insight into how the Spanish Flu occurred 100 years ago. The insight helps to provide an impression of how future pandemics may behave.

Sevasti Chatzopoulou

The European debt crisis has brought people together across borders

Social movements mobilisation activities increased across borders as a reaction to the economic crisis that has especially hit southern Europe over the past decade as indicated by the Associate Professor Sevasti Chatzopoulou.

Kristian Syberg.

Researcher Gets 57,000 Research Assistants

Children and young people from all over Denmark are helping Roskilde University’s Kristian Syberg to map plastic pollution in Denmark. It will provide a unique dataset that will make us wiser vis-à-vis one of the planet’s biggest environmental challenges.

Light in a Jordanian room

Light culture

Light is about much more than being able to see. In Denmark, it is also about relaxing, feeling at home and being part of a community. In other places such as Jordan, light plays a completely different role.

Eva Sørensen & Annika Agger

Social scientists from Roskilde University win a prestigious award for the best journal article on urban and regional planning.

Associate Professor Annika Agger and Professor Eva Sørensen from the Department of Social Sciences and Business have won the “AESOP Best Published Paper Award 2019”. The award is given by European university network Association of European Schools of Planning.

Food being wasted

New research project contributes to fighting food waste in public sector supply chains

Professor Niels Heine Kristensen from Roskilde University is the project manager of a new research project studying food waste in public food procurement. The project has received a grant of DKK 4.1 million from the VELUX Foundation’s HUMpraxis programme.

Big data - Colourbox

Roskilde University launches new research centre for big data

Centre for Big Data is to conduct research into and use big data in a variety of areas.