SEE THE PHOTOS: Inauguration of the Forum

On Wednesday 7 September, the ribbon was cut for the 14-storey Forum Building in the heart of Aarhus University Hospital. The building will house parts of the Department of Clinical Medicine, which will be given new offices, laboratories and animal housing in the Forum. See photos from the festivities here.

Hanne Roed, First Vice-Chair of the Regional Council, had the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the inauguration, together with Xenia Kuhn, a student and patient at Steno Diabetes Centre, Aarhus.

“The original Forum was the heart of the Roman city, where people met in political matters, or to trade, settle court cases or just hear gossip. We will also meet here in the Forum, where we will exchange and create new knowledge together – for the benefit of patients,” said Dean Anne-Mette Hvas in her speech. 

Guests from AU, AUH, Steno Diabetes Centre and the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark attended the inauguration. All of the organisations will be housed in the Forum. 

“The distance between AU and AUH is growing smaller,” pointed out Hanne Roed, first Vice-Chair of the Regional Council, emphasising the importance of patients, relatives, therapists and researchers all being able to meet in the same building. 

The artist Frederik Tydén is behind the sculptures that decorate the Forum Park in front of the building.

Artist Nanna Debois Buhl created the huge woven cloud motif that adorns the wall at the main entrance. The motif depicts the sky above the Forum on a spring day in 2021. 

Martin Ridderstråle, Senior Vice President of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, was delighted with the new surroundings for Steno Diabetes Centre Aarhus. “We are looking forward to experiencing further synergies once everyone has moved into this beautiful building. Who knows what it may lead to?” he asked.