Unge Forskere digital awards ceremony 2020. Photo: Unge Forskere 2020

Winners of the Hempel-DTU Forskerskolepris 2020

Thursday 07 May 20
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by Lonnie Moldt Jørgensen

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About the award

Each year, the Hempel Foundation and DTU recognize two Danish general or technical high schools that show excellence in engaging its students in science - one east and one west of the Great Belt. The award is given in collaboration with Unge Forskere, the largest annual Danish national science fair. Unge Forskere are organized by Astra - national Centre for Learning in Science, Technology and Health in Denmark.

Prize

Both schools will receive DKK 100,000 each to support new efforts in science as well as a visit to DTU Lyngby and a visit by DTU ScienceShow to their high school (when this is once again allowed).
This year’s Hempel-DTU Forskerskolepris 2020 went to Risskov Gymnasium and Hillerød Tekniske Gymnasium. Both schools receive 100,000 DKK each.

On Friday, 24 April, the winners of the Hempel-DTU Forskerskolepris were announced at the Unge Forskere awards ceremony. Due to Covid-19, the event was live streamed on the Unge Forskere (Young Scientists) Unge Forskere Facebook page. In addition to the Hempel-DTU award, a wide range of other awards and prizes were announced to students, teachers and schools - all for extraordinary science projects and science efforts.

Each year, the Hempel Foundation and DTU recognize two Danish general or technical high schools that show excellence in engaging its students in science. The winners of the Hempel-DTU Forskerskolepris 2020 went to Risskov Gymnasium and Hillerød Tekniske Gymnasium.

Ambitious high schools with a strong focus on science

Both high schools have shown excellent commitment with a wide range of activities aimed at motivating, developing and strengthening their students within sciences. In addition, both schools also focus on reaching the eldest students in elementary schools and spike their interest in science early on.

“There is no doubt that the two high schools are showing high levels both when it comes to current efforts but also in their future science plans. It is important for Denmark that we motivate and empower our young people in science, from the elementary school level, at secondary education and further into the higher education, and here both high schools contribute greatly. With this award, we want to help strengthen the schools for their further development of the STEM area,” says Kim Dam-Johansen, Head of DTU Chemical Engineering and board member at the Hempel Foundation.

Future plans

The award is received by two proud high school principals. Both see the award as a recognition of their work and an opportunity to further strengthen the future science efforts.

“We are very happy and proud to win the Hempel-DTU Forskerskolepris 2020. For many years, Hillerød Tekniske Gymnasium has made efforts to promote the STEM disciplines not only in relation to the school's own students, but also in relation to our partners in the elementary schools. The award gives us the opportunity to buy equipment that can further support the teaching of the STEM disciplines for the benefit of all our students,” says Vibeke Thornvig Johnsen, principal at Hillerød Technical High School.

Gitte Horsbøl, principal at Risskov Gymnasium, also sees the award as a motivation to continue their development. She says:

"We are very proud that Hempel-DTU has appointed Risskov Gymnasium for the award. Over the past few years, we have worked very hard to strengthen the student recruitment to our science studies. At the same time, we have strengthened our efforts in relation to the talent development. Having received this award gives us extra motivation to continue. Last year we created a science strategy for the school, which are now being implemented and which support both the national and the regional science strategy. The aim is to translate the strategy into actions that the students want to explore. Science should be exciting and fascinating - in other words, we must bring out their desire to delve into science.”

Congratulations to the two high schools!

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