HZDR Innovation Contest
In the Innovation Contest, HZDR employees, guest scientists and scholars bring their ideas into action by transforming their research results and scientific knowledge into usable products or services.
Winners of the HZDR Innovation Contest 2020
Three great ideas from scientists at the Institutes of Fluid Dynamics and Resource Technology prevailed in this year's HZDR Innovation Competition. The jury was most impressed by the pitch of Prof. Uwe Hampel (team with Dr. Gregory Lecrivain) on the development of a novel disinfection device that binds aerosols in a disinfection liquid and thus cleans the room air of viruses and bacteria. Second place goes to the team from the BioKollekt junior research group led by Dr. Franziska Lederer with their idea of using innovative methods to detect plastics. Third place is won by another recycling topic from the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg. Toni Helbig and Norman Kelly presented the idea for a recycling plant for the extraction of iron.
In total, 12 teams of scientists examined their innovative ideas over two workshop days together with a mentor with regard to exploitation potential, IP, market situation and fields of application, and presented them to the jury in a seven-minute pitch at the end. HIF was most strongly represented this time with a total of five submissions. Due to the Corona pandemic, the 4th HZDR Innovation Contest was held completely digitally.
Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all participants. The commitment of the scientists to the further development of their ideas, packed into a seven-minute lecture, impressed the jury and the mentors very much.