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Conference Venue

The conference Venue: Department of Chemistry

DNA18 will take place at Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, in buildings 1510-1514. The department is located at the west side of the campus area in the University Park. The park is particularly beautiful in the late summer, which is why the conference is held in mid-August, where the days are long and warm (but typically not hot) and the sun only sets for a few hours.

Newly renovated auditoriums will frame the conference talks and poster session. The highly valued local Chemistry Canteen will provide lunch and afternoon tea and coffee during the conference. From the canteen there is an exit directly into the park (just below the balcony in the picture), where you can go and enjoy your lunch and a bit of the fresh air in the breaks. The primary auditorium is located in the building on the left in the picture.

Centre for DNA Nanotechnology Head Quarters are located at Department of Chemistry. The office of center leader, Professor Kurt Gothelf, is on the fourth floor of building 1511, the building on the right in the picture.


Department of Chemistry viewed from the park side

Aarhus City

Depending on where are from, you might argue that Aarhus is not a very big city, if a city at all, in a global context, since there are only ~250.000 inhabitants. Denmark has a total population of around 5.5 million inhabitants, and Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is approximately five times larger than Aarhus for comparison. If you have extra days in Denmark, we urge you to visit Copenhagen too. Given the size of the country (43000 km2/16000 mi2) it should not surprise you, that is takes less than three hours to go there by train. (Actually it is surprising that it takes that long!)

Approximately 10 % of the inhabitants in Aarhus are engaged in university activities, either as students, scientific staff or technical and administrative staff. Aarhus also houses a number of other higher education institutions and is accordingly known as a young city. Since the city is surrounded by forests and water many 'Aarhusians' go running in the hilly area. If you are up for it, Professor Gothelf will show you his preferred places to run – just bring your running shoes.

The university is located slightly north of the city centre. From the railway station where most hotels are located it is a 30 min walk to the conference venue. However, the citybike season runs from April to October, so if you find yourself a Danish 20-crown coin, you are free the use the bikes. You will get the coin back when you leave the bike in an official parking rack. Since Aarhus is quite hilly, try to find a citybike with gears and aluminium frame.


The characteristic yellow buildings of Aarhus University right in the middle of Aarhus.
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