This summer, nearly three hundred students from forty countries attended the Climate-KIC’s summer school, known as The Journey. The purpose of the course was to help new graduates, Master’s and PhD students in attendance to expand their knowledge on climate change and related issues, and to further develop their entrepreneurial skills. Six journeys were organized, from July to September.
As part of her Climate-KIC PhD Label, PhD Candidate Anne Rainville attended The Journey #5. The forty-four students in the group spend time at Imperial College London, University of Copenhagen, Technical University Denmark, and Wrocław University of
Environmental and Life Sciences. Students built upon a combination of academic lectures, site visits, guest speakers, and entrepreneurial training to develop business plans in small teams. Memorable site visits were to Novozymes, an innovator in biotechnology and enzyme production, Niels Bohr Institute, on ice and climate studies in Greenland, and the University of Reading, on ruminant feed optimization for emissions reduction. In the final week, teams pitched their idea to a jury of six. Anne’s group, You CReATE it! (pictured), built a business case around the sale of reusable plastic clips to construct furniture out of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) beverage crates. Over its first five years of operation, the business was estimated to save 4.8 KT CO2e by reducing consumption of wooden furniture.
More about Anne and her research, look here.