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After protest: Board admits staff views should have been heard on Biology merger

In June, almost 200 employees at the Department of Biology wrote to the UCPH board. They claimed their voices were not heard regarding the department’s merger with the Natural History Museum of Denmark. Now, a letter from the board says they are right

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Science

And now: The cheese robot

Associate professor in Food Science has invented a cheese robot

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Education

Almost 200 sign protest letter from Department of Biology to UCPH board

Employees at the Department of Biology spent months battling a now-cancelled merger between the institute and the Natural History Museum of Denmark (SNM). Now, they have sent a joint letter to the board criticizing UCPH’s management for ignoring employee perspectives.

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Culture

Gilgamesh: The 4,000 year-old giant who speaks to our times

The fascinating tale of the Babylonian king Gilgamesh has been retold in a new translation by Assyriologist Sophus Helle. Dating from ancient times, the story of the restless hero/anti-hero remains relevant, but making it accessible to readers in 2019 required the talents of a modern poet

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Science

100 years of Persian Studies at the University of Copenhagen

Not all the language-based small study programmes can boast a 100 year history. But Persian can. It’s longevity is partly due to the change in the subject's focus from the pre-Islamic period to the last 40 years of Iranian history.

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Culture

The quest for the unknown books of Islam

An associate professor in Arabic has collected Islamic texts in East Africa to find out how they have spread. They are in an online database on South Campus.

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Politics

Top scientists ready to jump ship after controversial merger

The merger between the Department of Biology and Natural History Museum of Denmark has developed into »an intolerable situation«. This is according to head of the Department of Biology Niels Kroer in a newsletter. The trouble is that a couple of the museum's highest profile researchers – the professors Eske Willerslev and Tom Gilbert – seem to be looking for a new home for their research. Maybe at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

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Education

New Humanities layoffs confirmed at the University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Humanities is to go through a new round of staff layoffs in April. DKK 31 million is to be cut - just on payroll.

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Science

Katrine Worsaae’s double life above and below water

Associate professor Katrine Worsaae lives for the months that she spends near water. Her life journey has led her down into underwater caves populated by strange animals like the Zombie Worm.

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Science

Research on Danish war stirred up a political hornets' nest

When University of Copenhagen (UCPH) researchers Rasmus Mariager and Anders Wivel presented their report on the Iraq war at the beginning of February, it led to intense criticism of the former centre-right government of Anders Fogh Rasmussen. According to political opponents, the report documented that the Danish government had misled the Danish parliament prior to the Iraq war. For Wivel and Mariager though, the assignment was never to pass moral or legal judgment on politicians.

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