Aalborg University (AAU) in northern Jutland and Washington State University have signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen research in biofuels and bioproducts. The two universities will collaborate on specific projects, and exchange staff and students.
Frede Blaabjerg, head of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Medicine at AAU says in a press release: "We have been very strong in renewable energy for a long time, and we have great ambitions in biological research. We have established a Center for Biotechnology & Bioenergy and in that context, the new agreement with the American research scientists is fantastic. It provides a good basis for knowledge sharing, staff development and new international contacts."
Professor Birgitte Ahring, who recently was appointed head of AAU's new Center for Bioproducts and Sustainable Bioenergy, is an important liaison between the two universities. From mid-August, Professor Ahring will also become the director of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy at Washington State University.
"This agreement creates a close and expanded collaboration across the Atlantic. In Denmark we have unique competences in the production of bioethanol and bioenergy in general, whilst Washington State University has capabilities in many exciting areas of bioproduct research and development. So there are considerable synergy effects, and together we can develop concepts for the bio-refineries of the future," says Professor Ahring.
The agreement was signed in Aalborg by rector of AAU, Finn Kjærsdam, Frede Blaabjerg, Professor Ahring and Vicky L. Carwein, Chancellor of Washington State University. The agreement applies for five years, and can be extended with an additional five years.