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The Time of Our Lives: Circadian rhythms, sleep, and light therapy – A research networking symposium

The aim of this symposium is to activate and foster networks and interdisciplinary collaborations focused on the topic of sleep and the circadian timing system, how they interact with human psychology, health, and behavior, and circadian-driven interventions including light therapy.

Info about event


Tuesday 24 May 2022,  at 09:30 - 17:00


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C.


Lisa M. Wu, Ph.D.. Associate Professor, AIAS, Aarhus University, lisa.wu@aias.au.dk



Keynote speakers

Professor Katharina Wulff (Umeå University and the Nordic Daylight Research Programme, Sweden)

Clinical Professor Klaus Martiny (University of Copenhagen)



Tuesday, 24 May

9:30-10:00: Registration & coffee

10.00-10.15: Introduction (Ali Amidi & Lisa Wu)

10.15-11:15: Keynote lecture 

  • Professor Katharina Wulff (Umeå University, Sweden) 
    “Adaptiveness to Light from Molecular to Community Level”

11:15-12:15: Invited speakers 

  • 11:20-11:40: Associate Professor Birgitte Rahbek Kornum (Copenhagen University, Denmark)
    “Is the hypothalamus particularly vulnerable to environmental insults during adolescence?”
  • 11:40-12:00: Professor Bobby Zachariae (Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark)
    “The development of HVIL®: A Danish App for the Treatment of Insomnia”
  • 12:00-12:20: Professor Preben Kidmose (Aarhus University, Denmark)
    “Long-term Sleep Monitoring Using Ear-EEG”

12:20-13:15: LUNCH

13:15-14:15: Keynote lecture 

  • Professor Klaus Martiny (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
    “Stabilizing and improving sleep in patients with depression by strengthening of their circadian system through light and other zeitgebers”

14:15-15:15: Invited speakers 

  • 14:20-14:40: Associate Professor Christine Parsons (Aarhus University)
    "Tired and cranky: Examining the Links Between Sleep and Daily Emotion”
  • 14:40-15:00: Associate Professor Lisa Wu (AIAS, Aarhus University)
    “Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Oncology”
  • 15:00-15:20: Associate Professor Ali Amidi (Aarhus University)
    “The effect of air quality on sleep and cognitive performance in school children” 

15:20-15:30: BREAK

15:30-16:00: Panel discussion: Chairs and keynote speakers will moderate a broader discussion about future research perspectives for the field

16:00-17:00: Networking reception – Attendees will have the opportunity to connect informally

Call for posters

All attendees are welcome to present a poster related to the symposium topic. Please let us know if you intend to do so at registration by checking the box. Posters should be in the following format: A0 (841 x 1189), portrait format.


The symposium is open for all interested researchers and students at all levels and across disciplines in Denmark and neighboring countries. There is a symposium fee of Euro 26,88,- (or DKK 200,-) for non-presenters. The symposium fee covers the cost of coffee, lunches etc. at the symposium.