Opening of Land-CRAFT - Center for Landscape Research in Sustainable Agricultural Futures

The green transformation of agriculture is absolutely crucial for the climate and the environment, but we need basic and detailed knowledge if we are to achieve the goals of the transformation. That is why Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen are proud to be able to jointly open the pioneer center "Center for Landscape Research in Sustainable Agricultural Futures" - daily referred to as Land-CRAFT.  

Info about event


Wednesday 1 June 2022,  at 14:00 - 17:00


AU Viborg - Research Centre Foulum, Blichers Allé 20,

Photo: Claus Bo Andreassen

Five of Denmark's largest foundations have joined forces to finance the center. The five foundations, the Danish National Research Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Lundbeck Foundation and the VILLUM Foundation, have allocated a total of DKK 240 million to the Land-CRAFT initiative.
The pioneer center will be led by the internationally leading researcher in the field, professor dr. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, who comes to Denmark from the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie. The aim of the center is to create the scientific basis for the transformation of the food system and the reduction of agriculture's climate and environmental footprint through e.g. scalable measurements of nutrient and greenhouse gas emissions in the landscapes and development of tools to identify and implement concrete adaptation strategies.

The center opens on 1 June at an event held in AU Viborg - Forskningscenter Foulum. 


14.00 - 15.00
  • Welcome by Eskild Holm Nielsen, Dean, Technical Sciences, Aarhus University
  • Speech by Claus Felby, Senior Vice President, Biotech, Novo Nordisk Foundation
  • Speech by Claus Beier, Head of Department, Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen
  • Presentation of Land-CRAFT by Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, Professor & Center Leader, Land-CRAFT
15.00 - 16.00

Field visit at Foulumgaard (transport by bus)

  • The climate impact of changing from annual crops to perennial grass aimed for green biorefineries / Poul Erik Lærke, Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology
  • Drone-based remote sensing for landscape scale assessment/digitalization / Signe Normand, Aarhus University, Department of Biology
  • Mapping nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizers and crop rotations / Søren O. Petersen, Aarhus University, Department of Agroecology
  • Variation in greenhouse gas emissions and soil processes across landscapes / Per Ambus, University of Copenhagen, Department of Geoscience and NaturalResource Management
16.00 - 17.00

Reception at Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele