The history of DTU Science Park
From Research Center to Science Park
Much has happened in the history of DTU Science Park since its establishment in 1962. The research center in Hørsholm was initially built on barren land in Birkerød Municipality, with only a few fruit orchards and a handful of farms. Today, DTU Science Park is one of Europe's leading communities for innovative deep-tech companies.
The research center is founded
DTU Science Park was founded in 1962 in Hørsholm as a state-owned project to be DTU’s research park. It is named Forskningscentret (The Research Center). The Ministry of Education was behind the establishment. The purpose was to promote science-based workplaces in Denmark.
The planting of the arboretum
The area is planted, and collaboration is underway to conduct experiments. Students from the University of Copenhagen still use the area today to observe pruning techniques.
Arne Jacobsen presents his plan
The architect Arne Jacobsen presents his plan for the area in Hørsholm. He suggests that the entire area be immediately planted with a forest to avoid appearing as a permanent construction site while the building progresses. This architectural vision still influences the area today.
The first companies move in
The first buildings were constructed with the American Marshall Aid, which was financial assistance provided by the USA to European countries after World War II. The Electronics Central, BioCentral, and the Hydraulic Engineering Institute are among the first companies to move into the Research Center.
The Sports Festival is held for the first time
The Sports Festival makes its debut. Since then, it has become one of the year’s highlights, with more than 1,000 employees participating every year.
The construction of laboratories begins
To meet the needs of the emerging bio-industry, we begin constructing technical laboratories, starting with the Lærkehuset.
DTU acquires the Research Center (Forskningscentret)
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) acquires the Research Center, making it no longer state-owned. This also means an expansion to Lyngby, where a new department is established. At the same time, the Research Center changes its name to Scion DTU.
Launching startup services
Our growth programs, targeting startup companies, are established to foster growth and promote their development.
Danish Tech Challenge is established
The growth program Danish Tech Challenge kicks off with support from the Danish Industry Foundation. The program is designed for startups developing hardware products.
We change our name to DTU Science Park
Scion DTU changed its name to DTU Science Park, as we know it today.
The Deep Tech Alliance is founded
We work towards gaining the DGNB Gold certification
In 2021, DTU Science Park embarked on a targeted effort towards a DNGB-certificering. The aim is to achieve a gold certification by 2025, endorsing over 400 sustainability parameters.