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E in Science

CST was a participant of E in Science, one of the 12 interdisciplinary research platforms of Copenagen University


Computer technology has influenced our behaviour and culture. Now an integral part of everyday life, we expect more and more of computers and keep finding new ways of allowing computer-based technology to make life easier for us.

This development is a huge challenge for the public sector. Particularly within health and education, there is a need for more intelligent and user-friendly systems based on the requirements of the individual citizen, patient or student. These systems should allow people to become active users, able and willing to obtain knowledge themselves and contribute with their own knowledge and experience.


Communication – between people and between people and computers – was the central concern linking the research activities in the eResearch platform. The various sub-themes looked into how information is exchanged, and how we can ensure a positive dialogue between people and systems in a virtual and global world – a world where the participants in dialogues typically belong to different cultures and have entirely different professional backgrounds. The University of Copenhagen has unique capacities within the field of eResearch. This provided plenty of opportunities to produce new interdisciplinary studies that inspire students at all levels and make a difference to the way in which computer-based technologies are utilised in society in general.

The eResearch platform defined a number of specific targets:

  • To contribute to the development of advanced and user-friendly communication technology that supports active participation and the exchange of experiences among citizens and patients specifically on health-related issues.
  • To develop methods for “translating” evidence-based knowledge into information which health professionals, patients and relatives can use in their daily lives.
  • To connect linguistic and cognitive disciplines with disciplines from the natural sciences, paving the way for new types of analyses and innovation within scientific as well as other types of computer-based interaction. 
  • To change universities’ traditional way of teaching and planning by using new media to develop their educational programmes, learning processes and organisation.


The eResearch platform was organised into three sub-themes:


This theme focused on advanced communication technology in medical treatment, health care and health sector usage. Scientific enquiries assumed the perspectives of a) the individual citizen b) the various institutions in the health sector and c) society in general.

Language, cognition and natural science

This topic examined specific areas within modern technology where language, cognitive processes and natural science interact in new ways.


eEducation research involved case-based studies of the way in which advanced communication technology can help improve learning at all levels of the education system.
The eResearch platform drew on expert capacities from six different faculties at the University of Copenhagen .

Contact: Head of centre Bente Maegaard, bente @ cst.dk

Associate Professor Lars Kayser, l.kayser @ mai.ku.dk