China community engagement
Biomass and students are in focus in China.
Novozymes has entered into a partnership with seven universities and the China Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) with the purpose of interchanging and disseminating knowledge within biotechnology to make students more familiar and confident with the potentials of biotechnology. As part of the project, Novozymes took part in arranging a competition with the theme “Enzymes application in the food industry” in 2014, for the 7th year in a row. The competition was carried out with about 2000 students from fourteen leading universities in China.
Novozymes was part of the panel together with representatives from the universities and external experts. The outcome of the competition was the collection of innovative ideas for enzyme application in food industries. The winning ideas were forwarded to relevant departments in Novozymes for inspiration and trial and the winners were awarded scholarships. Moreover, the partnership further strengthened Novozymes’ collaboration with the partnering universities.
2013 Life Science Festival
As an annual activity, Novozymes organizes a Life Science Festival together with Tsinghua University and six other key universities in Beijing. The idea is to stimulate science understanding and interest in biotechnology. The activities at the festival include knowledge competitions, lectures, coffee meetings and visits to Novozymes’ premises. In teams, the students participate in the knowledge competition, and the winner team takes away a scholarship and one-month internship opportunity in Novozymes.
More and more students are getting involved in the festival and an estimated 500 students participated in 2013.
Co-creation through science
In recent years, Novozymes China has also organized a drawing competition for middle schools. The winning students are invited to visit our site on the Environmental Protection Day to discuss environmental responsibility.