About Green Challenge

Green Challenge is an educational initiative at DTU. The aim is to ensure that future engineers integrate aspects of sustainability, climate technology, and the environment in their work.

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

In addition to the students’ actual green 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 28 June, 2019 will be the eighth time the conference is held.

On the day about 300 students and 25 judging panels consisting of 5 persons each meet each other at the DTU library in 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, climate technology and / or the environment
  • be prepared during your education 
  • be prepared since last Green Challenge

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

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 activities

Green challenge Student Conference is only the jewel of the crown. Green challenge ensures that all students meet aspects of sustainability, climate technology, and / or environment during their time at DTU.

Hence, Green Challenge will be marked in the course base when a course is suitable for participation in Green challenge. 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 in Green challenge.

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”, which runs once a semester.

During the Green weeks various Green activities are presented at all DTU's media (website, DTU newspaper, Facebook, etc.), there are posters everywhere on the campuses, there will be held Lunch Talks in the library and former winners make presentations on different courses.


Louise Hindenburg
Senior Academic Officer and PA for Dean Philip Binning
Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs
+4545 25 11 94


Bente Rasmussen
Communications Consultant
DTU Learn for Life
+4545 25 12 15
17 OCTOBER 2019