About Green Challenge


Green Challenge is an educational initiative at DTU. The aim is to ensure that future engineers integrate aspects of sustainability in their work.

Green Challenge 2021 will be held on June 25.

What is Green Challenge? 

Once a year DTU organizes Green Challenge; a student conference where students present their sustainable projects developed as an integrated part of the educational activities.

In addition to the students’ actual sustainable projects Green Challenge gives the students additional practical experience in areas such as communications and networking. This happens in relation to areas such as participation in conferences, preparation of abstracts, project presentations to people who do not necessarily have an engineering background and face to face meeting with other students and people from judge panels. Moreover, many projects contain elements of innovation.

Participation in Green Challenge

Green Challenge is generally held on the last Friday of DTU's spring semester. Friday June 25, 2021 will be the ninth time the conference is held.

On the day about 80 students and 6 judging panels consisting of 5 persons each meet each other at Skylab, DTU Lyngby. The judging panels consist of representatives from business, politics, professors and institute directors, teachers and students from DTU.

To participate in the conference, student projects have to:

  • contain an element of sustainability
  • be prepared during your education
  • be prepared since last Green Challenge

Registration is done by the students submit an abstract on one page (deadline May 19).

The conference is primarily for DTU's students, but every year invited students from DTU's partners at home and abroad to participate in student projects as well as representatives to judge panels.

Set up on the day itself

At the conference, the students are present throughout the day. The projects are divided into 8 different categories, so everyone has equal opportunities to participate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.

Each project has 120 seconds to pitch for the judges followed by a few minutes clarifying questions and comments. Each jury sees about 15 projects during the day to ensure that all projects are evaluated by three different panels.

As part of the learning process Green Challenge offers a workshop on presentation techniques, so students are prepared to pitch.

Green Challenge activitites

The Student Conference is only the jewel of the crown. Green challenge ensures that all students meet aspects of sustainability during their time at DTU. It is the teachers at each course, who assesses whether their course is suitable for Green Challenge. Students can at the bottom of each course description see if the course is marked for participation.

During the year there are initiatives to ensure that the students enroll in Green challenge and also are reminded to incorporate the green angle in their project. Green challenge is highlighted during “the Green Week”, where Green activities are presented at all DTU's media (website, DTU newspaper, Facebook, etc.), there are posters everywhere and former winners make presentations.

Partners at DTU

Green Challenge has several different partners at DTU, with appropriate interfaces to Green Challenge. Here you can read about the various initiatives that you can use if you want to work on sustainability and innovation in other ways than those Green Challenge offers.

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Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals consists of 17 goals. Green Challenge wants to increase the focus on the development goals, as engineers have the abilities to find solutions to many of the relating problems. Green Challenge also hopes that these problems can help inspire to more technical engineering solutions in the future.

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