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06 Oct All Seats Are Now Taken

All seats for Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and Aarhus Symposium 2016 are now taken.

If you did not get a seat through this year’s online sign-up, we strongly recommend that you sign up for the waiting list. Click here to go to the sign-up form:

06 Oct The Key Insights for Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and Aarhus Symposium Booklet 2016

The Key Insights for this year’s Aarhus Symposium Focus and the Aarhus Symposium Booklet are now available online!


These contain the full programmes, speaker profiles, and practical information about Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and Aarhus Symposium 2016. We recommend you to read them in advance, so you are fully prepared to make the most of your experience at Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and Aarhus Symposium 2016.
Read the Key Insights for Aarhus Symposium Focus here.

Read the Aarhus Symposium Booklet here.

05 Oct Online Sign-Up Postponed

Due to extensive technical problems with our sign-up system, the online sign-up for Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and Aarhus Symposium 2016 is currently on hold. To prevent any errors in the registration process, the online sign-up is postponed, and will open again tomorrow, October 6 at exactly 12.00! We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have.

29 Sep Thank Your for Your Essay Contributions

Thank you for taking part in Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016! You will receive an e-mail no later than October 4, with information on whether or not you have qualified for a seat at Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and/or Aarhus Symposium 2016.

If you did not secure your seat through Aarhus Symposium Challenge, we strongly encourage you to be ready on October 5 at 12.00, where the online sign-up for Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016 and Aarhus Symposium 2016 opens.

27 Sep Meet our Partners

The students who write some of the most inspiring essays for Aarhus Symposium Challenge 2016 are invited to participate in two out of three exclusive events hosted by three of our Premium Partners.

The selected students will have the opportunity to attend “Power Up with Arla” and either “A Day at DONG Energy” or “A Day at Jyske Bank”. At these special partner events, the participating students will gain interesting insights into the business world and engage in real-life business cases.

We want to thank Arla Foods, DONG Energy, and Jyske Bank for giving some of the best students an extraordinary opportunity by hosting these exclusive events.


We are excited to announce the three top speakers participating in Aarhus Symposium Focus 2016.

Allan Lyngsø Madsen, Chief Economist at the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, LO, has spent his career providing economic counselling to policy-makers. Before being appointed Chief Economist at LO, Allan Lyngsø Madsen held various positions at the Danish Metalworkers’ Union, Dansk Metal.

Troels Bjerg, Regional CEO Northern Europe at ISS A/S, is part of global management at ISS, which is one of the world’s largest facility service companies. Among other positions, Troels Bjerg is a member of the Board of Directors at Ejner Hessel Holding A/S as well as a member of the Central Board at the Confederation of Danish Industry, DI.

Torben Tranæs, Executive Director of Research at the Danish National Centre for Social Research, SFI, is a very well-respected voice in economic debates in Denmark and internationally as a result of his excellent research and numerous publications. Torben Tranæs’ areas of research include labour market relations, migration, and integration as well as welfare and income distribution in Denmark.

With backgrounds in organisations representing workers, employers, and the public sector respectively, the three speakers will bring different views to the table when discussing this year’s theme: “Demographic changes – How will we work, age, and live?”

23 Sep Bjarke Ingels – Speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016

We are honoured to present Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner at BIG, as a speaker at Aarhus Symposium 2016.

Bjarke Ingels is one of the world’s absolute top architects. He has received several international awards and has established himself a strong brand and reputation. In 2016, Time Magazine named Bjarke Ingels as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Bjarke Ingels also has the honour of designing projects such as the two World Trade Center towers, and despite his young age, he has created notable footprints all around the world with his incredible buildings.

At Aarhus Symposium 2016, Bjarke Ingels will share his experience from a business where personality and ingenuity are vital.