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Nethercot Prize 2020


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!!!Deadline Extended to 23rd October!!!

Early career architects, engineers and designers (expected to be under 35 and based in the UK) are invited to submit a single author paper for judging for the Nethercot Prize. This is named after Professor David Nethercot, President of IABSE 2013-2016, and is for a paper by a young professional. Shortlisted authors will be invited to the IABSE Milne medal dinner normally held in November each year. The winner of the paper competition will be awarded with a contribution of £400 towards participation and travel to an upcoming IABSE international conference (reimbursed after the attendance of the conference). In light of the current status of in person conferences and events, this will be available for future events in 2021 or 2022.

What makes your project interesting and special? Papers should outline a project that you are or have been working on, define what are the key drivers for the project, explain the key architectural or structural engineering interventions that have been made, and take a critical view of the overall success of the project. A successful paper will engage the reader and provide a fascinating insight into the process of designing a new or adapting an old structure. A key skill is the ability to tell a story about your project, and appreciate and reflect on what went well as well as where things might have been improved.

Papers should be limited to 1300 words. Images and figures may be incorporated but the submission must cover no more than five pages (limitation of 5 A4 sides) at point size 11.

 Judging Criteria:
Engagement of the reader
Communication of technical content and overall written style
Insight and understanding of the wider project
Understanding and communication of the impact of our work on the wider community
Critical reflection on the design process

 Authors are required to confirm with the relevant people (project director or as appropriate) that the subject matter is appropriate for public dissemination.

 Submission Email:

Submit your paper by email here. 

23rd October 2020          Entry deadline 10th to 31st October         Judging
1st November                    Shortlist announced and invitations issued to the Milne Medal Dinner
10th November                 Awards announced at Milne Medal lecture
Please note that success in this competition 
will not lead directly to your paper being accepted for presentation at an IABSE Symposium.


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