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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Davidson Inventors Challenge Final 2022
Following the launch of the Davidson Inventors Challenge in October 2020  we have again received an amazing response to this online competition with UK schools and we have been working with nearly 200 students from about 50 different schools from across the UK. Over the last few months Year 11 and 12 students have been working in teams having researched sustainable development goals and selected  a problem-solving task to work on. Under the supervision of a team of 10 reviewers, including some of our researchers and graduates in industry providing feedback and guidance along the way, students have produced a project outline and a final report presenting sustainable and innovative ideas to tackle their selected problem or challenge.
The Davidson Inventors Challenge (DIC) Final and Awards Ceremony will be taking place on Thursday 26 May 2022, 15:00-17:00 BST (see programme and registration below). The three shortlisted teams will be presenting their inventions to a large audience made up of the DIC organising team and reviewers, department members, participating schools but also graduates and captains of industry.
The key aim of this challenge is to engage students with chemical engineering discipline and biotechnology but also help dispel myths about what chemical engineering really is about and what chemical engineers do. Participating students have not only learned about sustainable development goals but have also got a taste of what being a chemical engineer is like by putting key skills into practice such as problem-solving, data analysis, critical thinking, and commercial awareness.

DIC Final and Awards Ceremony Programme

15:00-15:15 pm Welcome and intro: Davidson Inventors Challenge, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Chemical Engineering at Cambridge

  • Welcome and Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology working towards Sustainable Development Goals (Head of Department, Professor Clemens Kaminski)
  • Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge  (Dr Kamran Yunus, Associate Teaching Professor)

15.15 - 16.20 pm Presentation from the four shortlisted student teams

  1. Izy Solution (Year 12), Eastbourne College, BN21 4JX
  2. Filakas, Harrow School (Year 12), HA1 3HP
  3. Smart Plastics (Year 12), Aylesbury High School, HP21 7SX
  4. Biogas Renewed (Year 11), Wallington Country Grammar School SM6 7PH

BREAK 16.20- 16.30 pm Judging Panel deliberations

16:30-16.50 pm Keynote speaker: Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and Chair of manufacturing trade body Make UK

An exciting career in chemical engineering and important lessons learned from the Grenfell Tower disaster. 

16:50-17:00 The President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Jane Cutler

Announcement of DIC 2022 winners and runner-ups, and presentation of Award Certificates. A  note on Chemical Engineering of the future

17:00 Closing remarks 

Download programme poster 

Register here for the Davidson Inventors Challenge Final 

Thursday, 26 May, 2022 - 15:00 to 17:00
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