Hedeskov Center for Life Science is a privately owned initiative. It grew out of a dream of living in and with nature, and of creating an innovative hub for sustainable thinking, research and knowledge sharing – a place devoted to furthering sustainable projects and raising awareness of activities that capture CO2 and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

In Denmark the agricultural sector accounts for 20-30% of total CO2 emissions. HCLS buys up conventionally farmed agricultural land, plants trees and runs nature conservation projects as our way of making a difference. HCLS facilities and activities are open to individual citizens as well as technical experts.

A beautiful old building, which formerly housed Hedeskov School, will become the HCLS head office by mid 2023, and its renovation will be our main focus in the coming months. We will be documenting the entire renovation process to keep you informed about our deliberations and choices in the renovation process.

Sofie Aagaard

Operations manager and co-owner

Sofie is project manager at HCLS. She is responsible for day-to-day operations and contact with our partners and stakeholders.

Having previously worked as project manager both in Denmark and abroad, Sofie now applies her project management experience to streamlining processes and ensuring that our cooperation with businesses and institutions runs as seamlessly as possible. Sofie has a master’s degree in Communications.

Jørn Aagaard


Jørn is project developer at HCLS. He manages the land and is our innovator on nature and tree planting projects.

Jørn has been running a sustainable smallholding in Hedeskov for many years. The farm has grown to now include forests, meadows and marshlands – the sustainable environment that forms the framework of HCLS. A gynaecologist by profession, Jørn has supplemented his Danish training with periods of research in the US and UK. Jørn has specialised in fertility treatment and launched several research projects under Innovation Fund Denmark. For 15 years he and Jette owned and ran a highly successful fertility clinic in Aarhus. Aagaard Fertility Clinic was acquired by an Australian fertility group in 2016.

Jette Søndergaard


Jette is project developer at HCLS. She is the lead on the HCLS renovation, and she is also Sofie’s sounding board on operational and management issues.

Jette has a master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism from the University of Plymouth in the UK as well as a master’s in Modern Languages. She was co-founder, developer and practice manager of Aagaard Fertility Clinic. Jette now uses this management experience combined with her knowledge of sustainable farming to build up HCLS, in order to contribute towards a healthier environment for both humans and nature.

Hedeskov Center for Life Science promotes initiatives and projects that capture CO2 and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.