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Novo Nordisk Foundation Supports World Robot Olympiad in Denmark

Participants compete in two categories in the qualification final. In the first, as shown in the photo taken at the 2016 competition, participants steer a robot around a track as rapidly as possible. In the second, this year’s participants make proposals for a robot-based solution to minimize global warming. Photo from 2016: ©Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University.

How can robots contribute to minimizing global warming?

Young people from all over Denmark will answer this question in the Danish qualification final for the 2017 World Robot Olympiad being held Saturday, 7 October in IT City Katrinebjerg at Aarhus University.

The winners of the two categories will then participate in the World Robot Olympiad in Costa Rica with young people from 60 countries competing on 10–12 November. The 2017 theme is Renewable and Clean Energy.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is supporting the Danish qualification final, which is being organized by the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University with 100 participants from upper-secondary schools across Denmark. With the grant of DKK 150,000, the Foundation aims to contribute to ensuring high-quality teaching in the natural sciences at upper-secondary schools in Denmark.

Søren Poulsen, Special Consultant, Aarhus University, a member of the steering group for the World Robot Olympiad in Denmark, says: “the World Robot Olympiad is an important contribution to getting more young people interested in technology and the natural sciences. This will thereby increase the recruitment uptake for these educational programmes at all levels, including skilled workers, bachelor-level professionals and people with MSc and PhD degrees.”


Søren Poulsen, Special Consultant, Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, +45 2095 1282, [email protected]

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, Novo Nordisk Foundation, phone: +45 3067 4805, [email protected]