Conference Venue

Aarhus University: Department of Chemistry

IP2016 will take place at Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, in buildings 1510-1514. The department is located at the west side of the campus area in the University Park. The park is particularly beautiful in the summer, where the days are long and warm (but typically not hot) and the sun only sets for a few hours.

Newly renovated auditoriums will frame the talks and poster session. The highly valued local Chemistry Canteen will provide lunch and afternoon tea and coffee during the conference. From the canteen there is an exit directly into the park, where you can go and enjoy your lunch and a bit of the fresh air during breaks.

The City of Aarhus

The New York Times has chosen Aarhus as one of the 52 places to go in 2016. Actually, Aarhus is number 13 on the list.

The New York Times writes:

Denmark’s second city is often eclipsed by Copenhagen, its cousin across the Kattegat sea. But this big city with a college-town vibe has a thriving art, culture and food scene that is set to expand through 2016. New development along its industrial coastline — including Dokk1, a cultural center and the largest public library in Scandinavia — as well as a light rail expected to open by late summer, is transforming Aarhus into a more accessible cultural capital. Other highlights are ARoS, the gallery known for its “Your Rainbow Panorama” floor with a kaleidoscopic view of the city; the Moesgaard Museum, dedicated to cultural history; a concert hall, home to the Danish National Opera; the “Iceberg,” a striking residential building on the water; and three Michelin-starred restaurants. Gastromé, a short walk from Aarhus’s old city center and canal, highlights new Nordic cuisine sourced from the Vilhelmsborg Forest and surrounding countryside.

We couldn't agree more.

The population of Aarhus amounts to only 250.000 inhabitants. Approximately 10% of these are engaged in university activities, either as students, scientific staff or technical and administrative staff. Aarhus also houses a number of other institutions for higher education and is accordingly known as a young city. Since the city is surrounded by forests and water many 'Aarhusians' go running in the hilly areas. If you are up for it, Professor Auken will show you his preferred places to run – just bring your running shoes.

The university is located slightly north of the city centre. From the railway station where most hotels are located it is a 30 min walk to the conference venue. However, the citybike season runs from April to October, so if you find yourself a Danish 20-crown coin, you are free the use the bikes. You will get the coin back when you leave the bike in an official parking rack. Since Aarhus is quite hilly, try to find a citybike with gears and aluminium frame.

The total population of Denmark amounts to 5.5 million inhabitants, and Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is approximately five times larger than Aarhus. If you have extra days in Denmark, we suggest that you visit Copenhagen, too. Given the size of the country (43000 km2/16000 mi2) it should not surprise you that is takes less than three hours to go there by train.

Wikipedia articles about AarhusDenmark and Danish Culture