Organisation

The Centre for Sustainable Agrifood Systems (START) is a science-driven, academic and multi-disciplinary research platform that enables basic research collaboration within the field of sustainable Agrifood Systems. The platform comprises a joint effort by researchers from the united Danish universities - together STARTS represents a European research powerhouse.


START is founded by the united Danish Universities and represents:

START is based on a distributed governance model operated by the START Steering Committee under a rotation chair principal. The Chair position rotates on annual basis.

The heart of START is the START Research Hubs. The Hubs are driven by several engaged Academic Hub Coordinatores from various universities and disciplines with knowlegde, insigths and expirences with in the topic of the hub. 

The START secretariat is coordinated from Aarhus University yet, operated by a joint Administrative Support Team represented by the individual universities.


Meet the START Steering Committee

Christine Nellemann

Head of Department, DTU


Eskild Holm Nielsen

Dean, AU


Brian Vinter

Vice-dean, AU


Kathrine Krogh Andersen

Dean, KU


Erik Bisgaard Madsen

Vice-Dean, KU


Mogens Rysholt Poulsen

Chair, START Steering Committee

Dean, AAU


Hanne Harmsen

Vice-dean, CBS


Henrik Bindslev

Dean, SDU


Andreas de Neergaard

Dean, RUC


Jens Christian Godskesen

Appointed interim Rector, ITU

Quick overview - Hub Supporters and Administrative Team


Kristine Howe Kjer

START Coordinator, Special Consultant

P: +45 40 17 97 39
E: kjer@au.dk

  • Biodiversity - BIO

Hanne Vibeke Seidler

Chair support, Special Consultant

Email: hsja@food.dtu.dk

Phone: +45 93 51 07 95

  • Food Post Harvest
  • Future Agrifood Systems
  • Health Aspects

Kristine Engel Arendt

Special Consultant

Email: kea@science.ku.dk

Phone: +45 35 33 28 00

  • Biodiversity - BIO

Mads Bennedsen

Special Consultant, Fundraiser

Email: madsb@adm.aau.dk

Phone: +45 22 48 39 09

  • Selfefficiency in Nutrients
  • Green the Blue - Bluening the Green - 2GETHER

Niels Michael Petersen

Strategic Adviser, Special Adviser

Email: nimp@tek.sdu.dk

Phone: +45 93 50 76 25

  • Green the Blue - Bluening the Green - 2GETHER
  • Digitalization and infrastructure (DIGITZATION)

Jens Riemer

Green Transformation Officer, Executive Support and Communication

Email: jr.slk@cbs.dk

Phone: +45 22 48 22 36

  • People & Practices

Robert Pederson

Research Consultant

Email: pederson@ruc.dk

Phone: +45 46 74 38 59

  • Cultivation (Land)Scapes
  • People & Practices

Bodil Hjarvard

Academic Employee

Email: bohj@agro.au.dk

Phone: +45 93 52 29 26

  • Biodiversity - BIO
  • Cultivation (Land)Scapes
  • Future Agrifood Systems
  • People & Practices

Anne Krog Ingerslev

Academic Employee

Email: anki@agro.au.dk

Phone: +45 93 52 29 14

  • Health aspects
  • Selfefficiency in nutrients