New research centre devoted to well-being among children and young people opens

Aarhus University and the TrygFonden foundation invite you to attend the opening of the TrygFonden Centre for Research into Well-Being among Children and Young People – CARE@AU – on Friday 5 April at 14.00 – 17.00 in E2.

Info about event


Friday 5 April 2013,  at 14:00 - 17:00


Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V., building 2624 room E2 (talks and first part of the reception) + canteen in the L building (remainder of the reception)

With a grant of DKK 60 million, Trygfonden has decided to create a new research centre at Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences. The centre is to lead the way in proving it possible to build up a solid base of knowledge about what does and doesn’t work with regard to improving the well-being of children and young people.

Professor Michael Rosholm from Aarhus University will head the pioneering research centre. Together with several partners, he will spend the next six years conducting research into children and young people at different stages of development and with various competencies, with the first research projects scheduled for launch in 2013. The hope is that raising the standards for evaluating initiatives within the area of children and young people in Denmark will boost efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector, create better welfare for children, thereby lead to more competent and happier children.

The Danish researchers will be joined by a host of international colleagues, including James J. Heckman, Nobel laureate and professor at the University of Chicago who is one of the world's leading experts in measuring the effect of social initiatives.


Read more about the research centre

Time and place:
Friday 5 April at 14.00 – 17.00 at Fuglesangs Allé 4, building 2624 room E2 (talks and first part of the reception) + canteen in the L building (remainder of the reception)


14.00 – 14.05: Welcome by Michael Rosholm in E2

14.05 – 15.05: Three speed talks:

Helena Skyt Nielsen: An economic perspective on initiatives for children and young people (Et økonomisk perspektiv på indsatser for børn og unge)

Simon Calmar Andersen:Early efforts vis-à-vis children whose mother tongue is not Danish and their parents. Results from randomised research (Tidlig indsats over for tosprogede børn og deres forældre. Resultater fra et randomiseret forsøg)

Dorthe Bleses: How can learning be supported in nurseries? Experience from intervention studies in Danish kindergartens (Hvordan kan læring understøttes i vuggestuen? Erfaringer fra interventionsstudier i danske børnehaver)

15.05 – 15.15: Reception moves to canteen in the L-building

15.15 – 15.40: Welcome speeches by Gurli Martinussen, Director of TrygFonden, Dean Svend Hylleberg, Kristian Würtz, Alderman for the Department of Children and Young People, City of Aarhus, and Professor Michael Rosholm.

15.40 – 17.00   Reception with food and drinks

Contact information:

- Administrative matters:

Mette Vad Andersen

Centre Secretary

T: +45 87 16 54 28



- Research matters:

Professor Michael Rosholm

Department of Economics and Business

Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences

Tel. +45 22 94 18 47 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting



Merete Konnerup, Manager for programmes promoting social well-being


Tel. +45 21 68 52 18