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BISC-E: New student competition inspires both students and industries

This year, the first Danish edition of the new European student competition "Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe" (BISC-E) will be held.

[Translate to English:] Studerende fra både universiteter og tekniske uddannelser kan deltage i konkurrencen. Foto: AU-Foto.

BISC-E, short for Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe, encourages students to explore the emerging biobased workfield while developing a new biobased product or process. The Danish final will be held on 25 June. Plans for a European final are being developed.

At BISC-E student teams develop a biobased innovation (product or process) and present their ideas to a jury of experts from industry and science. The presentations are accompanied by an extensive dossier explaining sustainability, technical feasibility and economic viability of the innovation.

The challenge is open for 4th year students of university of applied sciences (VIA) and university students (BSc and MSc) in Denmark. Due to the multidisciplinary character of the challenge it is recommended to embody multiple disciplines in a team. Team members can come from different institutions.

The ideas will be judged by a jury with members from science and industry.

BISC-E is a Dutch initiative which is now promoted in Denmark by Aarhus University Centre for Circular Bioeconomy CBIO (www.cbio.au.dk), that aims for promoting science and development of biobased products. INBIOM are co-organisers. 

- Next to new knowledge and innovations, fresh talents are needed to come to a transition to a biobased society, says Head of CBIO Uffe Jørgensen. He points out BISC-E is one of the means to inspire young talent to work in the emerging biobased sector.

Kees de Gooijer, chairman of the European competition, is looking forward to the competition.

- At other student competitions I was amazed about the surprising approaches students use to develop new products and processes. The knife cuts both ways: students get enthusiastic about the biobased working field and industries get inspired by the students. I hope that BISC-E will work the same, he says. 

Kick-off with all participants of the Danish part of BISC-E will take place on Wednesday 16 May at NGF Nature Energy in Odense. 

Presentation and Danish final will be taking place Monday 25 June in Agro Business Park in Foulum. 

Registration is open until 30 April. More information can be found on www.bisc-e.eu