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Novozymes rewards students for environmentally friendly ideas

A small gadget that can protect us against food poisoning and reduce food waste. Organic dyes which bond properly to the fabrics during manufacture, rather than being flushed out with the waste water and contaminating the environment. ‘Two sustainable ideas’ which won awards when 26 students from 13 countries came together in Fredensborg for a four-day camp of combining ‘great ideas’ with commercialisation and sustainable products. The organisers were the UCPH Innovation Hub at the University of Copenhagen and Climate-KIC Nordic, which represents a number of universities in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Based on the UN’s sustainable development goals, the Danish company Novozymes’ Department for Sustainability had set up a number of business cases which the participants had to work with as a way of learning more about cooperation between researchers and the private sector.