Paper Competition

Submit a one-page paper of your innovative work or research.

Read about the Paper Competition here.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to give a short presentation (10 minute) at the conference on 17th April, where final judging will take place.

The judging criteria are:

  • Originality & Innovation
  • Depth
  • Clarity and Form of Presentation

Participants are encouraged to focus on their personal role in the design or subject considered.

Two winners will be selected at the event, one by audience vote and one by the judges. Both winners will receive £100 worth of Amazon vouchers and a free ticket to the next Future of Design conference.

The one-page papers need to be submitted by the 20th March 2020. Please submit your papers by contacting us directly at Papers need to be formatted as per the submission guidelines.


20th March 2020………..Deadline for submission

6th April 2020…………….Shortlisted papers notified

17th April 2020…………..Authors of shortlisted papers present at the conference

Group Design Competition

Enter a design solution for the challenge presented in the brief.

Read about the Design Competition brief here.

** Answers to queries are attached here. **

Entry is in the form of an A2 presentation board submitted in pdf format. Shortlisted entries will be printed and displayed at the conference. Due to the change in deadline, questions on the brief will now be accepted at any time before submission.

Teams may consist of up to four team members. All entrants must be under 35 years of age on the date of the conference.

The winning team will receive a prize of £200.


21st January 2020…….Design brief issued

28th February 2020…….End of questions period. Any questions about the brief or the competition should be sent to Answers will be made available to all competitors and published on the IABSE UK website. – This date has now passed please see answers here

6th March 2020…………Submit Team ID to

20th March 2020………Deadline for competition submission

6th April 2020…………..Shortlisted entries notified

17th April 2020…………Display and judging at the conference

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