The Innovation Workshop

Get an intense experience in collaboration across borders, time zones and cultures, by working in an international group doing an in-depth study of how best to advance an emerging technology.

The Innovation Workshop is a yearly recurring international course spanning several partner universities.

Past workshops

Year & info  Host
 2018 Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
 2017 Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
 2016  Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
 2015 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
 2014 Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
 2013 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 

For DTU students see the course base description here for Course No 33491.

Course plan
Initially the collaboration is online and done at the home university. All participants meet at a hosting university for two weeks to work together there to finalize, present and defend the project in peer review at a mini-conference. The course also include social activities outside the teaching hours and includes social activities at the hosting city for all students. 


The objectives of this course are:

  • In a project group you will research how a chosen method or technology best can be developed further, based on a review explaining the fundamentals of the subject and describing state-of-art. The subject of the project is within the scope of engineering sustainable solutions to societal challenges.
  • In your report and presentation
    • Explain the fundamentals of your topic and likely include an short experimental test in the report.
    • Describe state-of-art and develop a suggestion for an innovative idea on how to advance state-of-art, based on a more detailed analysis.
  • Plan and execute your work. To the extent possible, you can perform basic experimental tests or modelling to support your idea.
  • Gain experience in
    • the challenges of international research collaboration and project planning.
    • Developing your skills in the creative application of learned knowledge, when solving a research challenge to formulate a new research project.
    • Writing a report in international collaboration.
    • Presentation, defense, and peer review evaluation of your work on an international stage within the course and at the Green Challenge Student conference.

Participants and credits

This course is mainly intended for MSc students about 1 year after obtaining their BSc degree, but others are welcome to apply for participation!

It is a 5 ECTS  3 week full time course. DTU students can sign up as a special course (or as a project in the course database 33471 or 33470, but a dedicated course number will likely be created).


The workshop uses peer review and peer feedback in addition to the supervision and ends with a presentation and defence of the report to the class and supervisors.

The pass/fail evaluation is given based on the individual performance during report writing, presentation and defence. At the defence some questions will be asked to each individual team member. 

Tentative 2018 Program

The program of the 2018 workshop is likely

  • Currently expected 2 weeks in june/july - more details will come soon
    • The international students come to stay at DTU for two weeks and there will be intense group work, with likely daily contact to supervisors by mail/phone and frequent meetings.
    • Supervisors should be present with their group:
      • Monday afternoon after arrival to meet in person with the group they supervise
      • To give feedback on draft report and a test presentation be their group about 10 days into the two weeks
      • Last day of the two weeks, where there will be a final internal Innovation workshop presentation and defence by all groups (at least present when their group presents).