Aalborg Universitet (AAU)
Aalborg University was ranked by MIT as the best engineering university in Europe, and as number four in the world. The Department of Civil Engineering ranks within the 100 best on the QS world university ranking. A substantial part of this success is the section of Water and Environment and its ground-breaking research on microplastics analysis. The research group on microplastics has a leading role in Denmark and is an important European player. It has this year attracted a microplastics research funding of €6M, of which the €2M is funding for the activities of the group. This year the group attracted as the principal investigator a very prestigious research centre on Marine Plastics (€2.7M), which will bind together Danish research within this topic.
The group has extensive laboratory facilities and one of the world’s largest capacities for analysing the smallest size fraction of microplastics. It incorporates at the moment 8 PhD students and 2 Postdocs working full time on microplastics, as well as one full professor, one associate professor supervising the work.
The group undertakes various training of other researchers with focus on analytical methods for microplastics analysis, for example an annual PhD course and a training campaign in the context of an Interreg project on microplastic.