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Aarhus Symposium Focus 2018 has now come to an end.

Thank you to all the participants for creating a great atmosphere, bringing interesting and challenging questions to the sessions.

Thank you to the four speakers for delivering impressing presentations and an interesting panel debate, sharing their thoughts on “Making Automation Work”.

It was a pleasure to see the engagement during the day. We hope to see you all next year for Aarhus Symposium Focus 2019!


We are proud to present the full speaker line-up for Aarhus Symposium 2018.

 Join us on November 2 when the 12 speakers give their take on this year’s theme, “Creating Connections”. Secure your seat by submitting your essay for Aarhus Symposium Challenge no later than Sunday, September 23 at 23:59.

Are you up for the challenge? Get started by visiting the following link:


We are happy to announce Lars Frelle-Petersen and Philipp Schröder as the last two speakers atthis year’s Aarhus Symposium Focus.

Lars Frelle-Petersen has spent most of his professional life dealing with the implications that technological developments have on the Danish society. Furthermore, as Director of Digitisation at the Confederation of Danish Industry, Lars Frelle-Petersen plays an important role in helping Danish businesses fully utilise the potential of technological advances.

Philipp Schröder is regarded as one of Denmark’s top experts on automation and the future of work. This is evident in his research at Aarhus University, his participation in the Danish Government’s Disruption Council, and various interesting research collaborations.

Read more about the speakers and Aarhus Symposium Focus by pressing here.

17 Sep Presenting the final speakers of Aarhus Symposium 2018

We are incredibly pleased to announce Lene Skole, Jan van de Winkel, and Lars Jannick Johansen as the final three speakers of this year’s Aarhus Symposium.

As CEO of The Lundbeck Foundation, one of the biggest commercial foundations in Denmark, Lene Skole must constantly work to balance the needs of all stakeholders to ensure that value is created for the foundation as a whole. To do this, she relies on knowledge sharing and therefore knows how powerful creating the right connections can be.

President & CEO of Genmab, Jan van de Winkel, leads one of the most innovative companies in the world. Throughout his leadership, Genmab has excelled to become one of the most respected actors within their industry, striving to revolutionize cancer treatment through continuous learning.

Lars Jannick Johansen is Founder & Managing Partner at The Social Capital Fund, a capital fund developing and investing in organisations that strive to include the socially disadvantaged on the labour market. By doing so, he helps secure the vision of future economic sustainability and social cohesion.

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We look forward to welcoming Dominik Bösl and David Budtz Pedersen at this year’s Aarhus Symposium Focus.

As the leader of the innovation efforts at KUKA, one of the world’s leading developers of robotics, Dominik Bösl is at the forefront of shaping the future of automation. In addition to his work at KUKA, Bösl is the founder of the Robotic Governance Foundation, an organisation founded to provide a regulatory framework to deal with autonomous and intelligent machines.

Throughout his successful academic career, David Budtz Pedersen has been vocal in public debates addressing the role of humans in a future increasingly dominated by automation.

He is an expert on how our self-perception affects what it means to be human, an interesting perspective to the debate of automation.

Read more about the speakers and Aarhus Symposium Focus here.

14 Sep Speakers of Aarhus Symposium 2018

We are excited to announce that this year, on November 2, we will be welcoming Rodin Genoff, Jakob Askou Bøss, and Michael Bruun for Aarhus Symposium 2018.

Rodin Genoff, Founder & Managing Director at Rodin Genoff & Associates, is an award-winning cluster development expert. Through clustering, he helps companies achieve impressive synergies to enhance their performance, and he therefore truly understands the power to be achieved by connecting the right businesses.

As Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Stakeholder Relations at Ørsted, Jakob Askou Bøss carries the critical responsibility of connecting and aligning stakeholders to secure the strategic direction of Ørsted.

At Goldman Sachs, Michael Bruun is a managing director in the Merchant Banking Division (MBD) in London, responsible for corporate European healthcare and nutrition investing and corporate investing in Scandinavia.

Read more about the three speakers here:

Stay tuned as the final three speakers of Aarhus Symposium 2018 are revealed.


We are excited to announce that the theme of Aarhus Symposium Focus 2018 is “Making Automation Work”.

We stand on the brink of a revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and connect with each other. In many industries, some of the most sought-after jobs and skillsets did not exist ten or even five years ago, and the pace of change is accelerating.

Read the full theme description of this year’s Aarhus Symposium Focus by clicking here.

10 Sep Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2018

We are incredibly pleased to announce Niels B. Christiansen, Afshan Khan, and Ulrik Juul Christensen as the three speakers participating in this year’s Aarhus Symposium Challenge.

As the CEO of LEGO Group, Niels B. Christiansen, leads one of the most well-known Danish companies. For his challenge, he invites you to share your thoughts on how a company can enjoy the advantages of collaborating with others while protecting its core values.

Afshan Khan, Regional Director, Europe & Central Asia, UNICEF, spends every day seeking to create and maintain connections between individuals, organisations, and states to help improve the lives of children. She asks you to share your thoughts on one area in which every child does not have equal opportunities and how this issue may be addressed.

Co-founder & Executive Chairman at Area9 Group, Ulrik Juul Christensen, is a successful entrepreneur who stands in the very forefront of creating individualised learning platforms. Therefore, he asks you to share your thoughts on how to achieve a specific competence that will be important on the future labour market.

In order to secure a seat for Aarhus Symposium 2018, one of the challenges must be answered in a short essay. Learn more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge here or read about the three speakers by visiting the speakers’ page.

Stay tuned as all of the speakers of Aarhus Symposium 2018 are revealed.


For the very first time, we are excited to announce MHI Vestas as Premium Partner of Aarhus Symposium, and we truly appreciate their contribution to Aarhus Symposium 2018.


A selected number of students have the opportunity to visit MHI Vestas headquarters for an exclusive workshop. You increase your chances of being selected by writing a good essay for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2018.

Press here to read more about Aarhus Symposium Challenge and how to write a good essay.

View the announced Partners of Aarhus Symposium 2018 here.