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200 seconds to let the world know what you do

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Pitch 200 – the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) international competition for civil engineers to explain their work in 200 seconds launches today.

Geotechnical engineers are challenged to bring to life their chosen engineering concept - everything from stabilising a landslide to designing foundations for iconic high rise buildings – using props, presentations and anything their imaginations can conjure.

Members of the public will have the chance to grill each of the engineers on their presentation and gain an insight into civil engineering and the science behind it.

Part of the ICE’s 200 anniversary celebrations, the competition is kicking off with the first UK regional heat, London and South East England, on Monday 29 January.

Other UK and international regions will hold their competitions throughout the year and the winner from each regional heat will go on to the Pitch 200 Grand Finale at the ICE in London in November. All heats are free to attend.

ICE director of UK regions Wendy Blundell said: “Civil engineering is not widely understood by the public, even though it has a major positive impact on people’s daily life – from keeping the lights on to getting people to work on time. With Pitch 200, we’re challenging our members to see how creative they can be when sharing their passion for civil engineering and to explain clearly how it makes a difference for people around the world.

“We’re inviting the public to get involved, come along to our regional heats and put our competitors through their paces. Hopefully, we’ll not only help people learn something new in a fun and engaging way but inspire the next generation of budding engineers.”

For more information on entering visit the ICE200 website


London and South East

One Great George Street, London

29 January


Northern Ireland

Empire, Belfast

21 February


East & West Midlands

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

22 February


Yorkshire & Humber


27 February


South West

Burges Salmon, Bristol

28 February


Yorks & Humber


13 March


North West

Manchester Central Library

20 March


North East


17 April


North East


18 April


Yorkshire & Humber / N East


25 April



Cardiff School of Engineering

26 April


East of England

Mercure Noke Hotel, St Albans

9 May



Glasgow Science Festival

7-17 June tbc



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