The Innovation Workshop

The workshop is a yearly recurring international course spanning two or more universities, where the participants will 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 a selected technology.


The 2017 projects are within the topic "Engineering Sustainability" and the workshop is held at DTU with participating students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

See the program and available projects.The course also include social activities outside the teaching hours.

The previous workshops have been held at

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

Course plan
Initially the collaboration is online and done at the home university. One week into the course 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 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 and explaining the fundamentals of the subject and reviewing state-of-art in a report. The subject of the project is within the scope of several suggest themes wihtin engineering sustainable solutions, often involving micro- and nanotechnology.
  • In the report, 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 so you to the extent possible can perform basic experimental or numerical tests to support your idea.
  • Gain experience in the challenges of international research collaboration and project planning.
  • Develop your skills in the creative application of learned knowledge in innovative ideas for solving a real-world research challenge.
  • Writing a report in international collaboration.
  • Gain experience in presentation, defence, and peer review evaluation of your work on an international stage within the course.


This course is primarily intended for MSc students about 1 year after obtaining their BSc degree (others can apply for participating too).

It is a 5 ECTS and 3 week course. DTU students can sign up as a special course or as a project in the course database 33471 or 33470.