Novozymes’ employees teach biology and biotechnology in school classes

“I didn’t know that microbes can be used to produce medicine and sustainable biofuels.” Emma, 14, Lille Værsløse School, is busy concentrating on the Winogradsky column in front of her to see how microorganisms grow. “I didn’t realize how beautiful bacteria can be.”

In recent weeks, school children in Denmark, India, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina and the US are having lessons unlike their normal ones. So far, around 100 employees from Novozymes have been teaching in local schools.

“We would like to have our employees share their passion for biotech and inspire school children and their teachers about how amazing nature is,” says Claus Crone Fuglsang, Chief Science Officer at Novozymes.

Reaching out for better lives
Novozymes has named the initiative “Teach for Tomorrow”, and it’s a part of a company target called “EDUCATE”. As part of this target, Novozymes aims to educate 1 million people about the potential of biology, with 131,000 learners reached so far.

“Climate change, pollution and the need for more food in a growing world are some of the planet’s biggest challenges today. Some of the answers to these can be found in nature and biology. We hope to inspire the next generation to play an active role in understanding nature and how we can use biotechnology to create better lives,” says Claus Crone. “That’s why we teach for tomorrow.”

From renewable resources, industrial biotech can reduce waste and CO2 emissions while improving the efficiency of production processes. Energy-saving cold-water detergents, biofuels made from trash, and natural alternatives to fertilizer are all possible thanks to biological solutions like microorganisms and enzymes.