Join us on 03.11.2017

Author: Aarhus Symposium Organising Committee

22 Oct Opening Speakers for Aarhus Symposium 2017

For Aarhus Symposium 2017, we have decided to embrace change. Therefore, we are excited to present that we will not only have one opening speaker, but three!

Together, Janina Kugel, Helle Valentin, and Bjarne Corydon will kick off this year’s Aarhus Symposium. They will elaborate on their reflections behind the challenges they have put forward in Aarhus Symposium Challenge concerning the theme “Leading Through Change”.

10 Oct Jacob Gram Alsing – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017

Sadly, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has been prevented from attending Aarhus Symposium 2017, due to business-related matters.

Fortunately, Mikkeller will still be represented on November 3! We are happy to announce Jacob Gram Alsing, Chief Operating Officer at Mikkeller, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2017. Alsing is not only responsible for the daily activities of the microbrewery, but also for promoting the Mikkeller brand to its increasingly global customer base. He has successfully accomplished this task in close cooperation with Founder and Owner Mikkel Borg Bjergsø; the company is widely acknowledged as one of the best microbreweries in the world. Drawing on his experience from a long career in the Royal Danish Army, Alsing believes that for leaders to succeed they must be willing to take risks – something Mikkeller does through extensive investments in innovation efforts.

Read more about Jacob Gram Alsing here

See all announced speakers here

26 Sep Become an Organiser of Aarhus Symposium 2017

Do you want to become part of the Organising Committee of Denmark’s most ambitious student-driven organisation? Now is your chance!

Currently, a few spots are available in the Support Crew of Aarhus Symposium 2017. As a member of our Support Crew, you will become part of the Organising Committee of Aarhus Symposium 2017 and help make this year’s Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus extraordinary experiences for our attending students. You can expect to work together with a group of highly dedicated and talented Organisers with various backgrounds and skillsets and make your mark on key aspects of this year’s events.

What you can expect of being part of Aarhus Symposium

– A unique learning experience from hands-on experience with creating world-class events

– A strong network of fellow talented Organisers from a broad spectrum of fields of study and semesters

– The chance of becoming part of the Organising Committee of Aarhus Symposium 2018 if you are interested

What we expect of you

– You are an ambitious student currently enrolled in a university degree at Aarhus University. We encourage both Bachelor and Master students to apply

– You are dedicated to working with a wide variety of tasks together in various group settings

– You are excited to learn from working together with some of the most ambitious students in Aarhus in a strong feedback environment

– You are a natural critical thinker and keen on making your mark on Aarhus Symposium 2017

If this sounds like you, please do not hesitate to apply. Please send a short motivational letter (maximum one page) together with a CV to no later than Wednesday, October 4. However, you can apply right away as interviews are held continuously in the coming weeks.

We hope you will join us and help make Aarhus Symposium 2017 an unforgettable experience!

25 Sep Thank You For Your Contributions

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and contributed to this year’s Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

Your contributions constitute a solid platform for connecting leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow. With the number of essays you have submitted, we are happy to announce that all seats for Aarhus Symposium and Aarhus Symposium Focus are taken through Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

Therefore, this year, there will be no Sign-up Day, but waiting lists for this year’s events will be opened at a later stage. More information about waiting lists and whether or not your essay has qualified for the events will follow in the coming weeks.

22 Sep Carlsberg Group is a Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017

We are very happy to announce Carlsberg Group as Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017!

The students who contribute with the most extraordinary essays in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2017 will be invited to “A Day at Carlsberg” at their headquarters in Copenhagen. Here, you will experience the work at Carlsberg Group first-hand and get a unique understanding of the company.

Find all partners of Aarhus Symposium 2017 here.

29 Jun The theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017


The theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2017 is “Globalisation in Reverse – the Danish Response”.

How can Denmark prosper as a small open economy in a closing world? The foundation of global trade is changing. After decades of increasing economic integration, Western societies are experiencing a backlash against globalisation. As countries work toward national rather than global agendas, the international society is in danger of facing change in its most treacherous form; when progress is suddenly eroded or even destroyed. This leaves Danish policymakers and corporate leaders with a pressing question: Would Denmark be able to withstand such changes?

On October 30, 2017, a panel of four competent speakers with diverse backgrounds will share their perspective and we encourage you to join the debate. The speakers will be announced this September.

02 May the theme of aarhus symposium 2017 is “LEADING THROUGH CHANGE”

The theme of Aarhus Symposium 2017 is: “LEADING THROUGH CHANGE”.

The world of tomorrow will always be different from the one we know today. Change encompasses nearly every aspect of life, keeping the world in a constant state of fluctuation. On one hand, leaders hold the power to facilitate change; on the other hand, they are faced with trends that exceed them and which can invade entire industries or even nations. At Aarhus Symposium 2017, we seek to explore the interplay between following the trends of today and setting the agenda of tomorrow.

Read the full description of this year’s theme and tracks here:

We are looking forward to delve further into this year’s theme with leaders of today and leaders of tomorrow on November 3, 2017.

06 Apr the online sign-up for “embracing the future with arla” is now open!

On May 2, Arla Foods will explore the theme of Aarhus Symposium 2017 through a presentation by Hanne Søndergaard, Executive Vice President at Arla Foods, followed by four intimate workshops. Through these workshops, you will get hands-on experience with this year’s theme. The day ends with mingling and tapas.

Sign up here by sharing your thoughts on one of two questions regarding Arla Foods in maximum 350 characters incl. spaces:

04 Apr aarhus symposium 2017 kick-off

On May 2, we announce the theme for Aarhus Symposium 2017 and invite you to attend “Embracing the Future with Arla”. Here, Hanne Søndergaard, Executive Vice President at Arla Foods, will share her thoughts on the theme. Afterwards, you will get the opportunity to delve further into the theme through hands-on workshops with representatives from Arla Foods. The event finishes with mingling and tapas at 19.30.

The sign-up for “Embracing the Future with Arla” opens at 12.00 on Thursday, April 6.

02 Apr arla foods is a premium partner of aarhus symposium 2017

We are excited to announce Arla Foods as Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium 2017! Together with Arla Foods, we kick off Aarhus Symposium 2017 with our Theme Announcement on May 2. Be sure to follow us in the coming week as we reveal the details of the day.

We are honoured to have Arla Foods as partner for the seventh year in a row and thankful for their commitment in connecting leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow.