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VIDEO: The path to knowledge is paved with openness

Thee hundred clinical researchers indulged their curiosity at the 1st Annual Research Meeting at the Department of Clinical Medicine. The goal was to find out more about other people's research, share experiences – also of difficult topics – and in this way stimulate new cross-disciplinary collaborations. Watch the video and hear what people got out of the event.

“Chance favours the prepared mind,” said Louis Pasteur in the 1800s, and if that is true than clinical research is heading for auspicious times.

In any case, more than three hundred employees exchanged remarkable amounts of new knowledge and – if we are to believe Pasteur’s logic – went home more prepared after the well-attended cross-disciplinary researcher meeting at the Department of Clinical Medicine, The 1st Annual Research Meeting. The meeting was held on Tuesday 14 November in a packed Lecture Theatre A at Aarhus University Hospital. 

The idea behind a meeting that took up an afternoon and evening was to allow open knowledge sharing across subject areas and to thus stimulate increased collaboration between the research groups. As Department Head Kristjar Skajaa put it in his opening speech: "Not to just show off the talented researchers, but also to learn from them."

See the short video and hear what some of the participants and Department Head Kristjar Skajaa took from the meeting:

The event also introduced two challenge cups; one for the best flash talk and one for best poster presentation. Both will find a new winner in a year’s time when The 2nd Annual Research Meeting is held. The best flash talker 2017 was Postdoc Eva Greibe, while the prize for best poster presentation went to PhD student Martin Berthelsen.

The real heroes – behind the scenes

Not surprisingly, at the conclusion of the auditorium-based part of the event there were resounding ovations for the organisers behind the historic day and evening. The organisers comprise: Researchers Søren Dinesen Østergaard, Lene Niemann Nejsum, Michael Pedersen, Asger Andersen and Ingunn Skogstad Riddervold, together with secretariat employees Linda Ibsen (manager), Pernille Brink Csösz and Maria Bøndergaard Røjkjær. 

You can see the programme for the day or previous coverage in the article More than 300 people ready to discuss cross-disciplinary research