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BGA launches the call for Cooling Prize candidates

The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is inviting young geotechnical professionals to submit papers for the 50th anniversary Cooling Prize event.

The competition is named after Leonard Cooling who is considered to be a pioneer in the field of geotechnics and is regarded as one of the fathers of British soil mechanics. The competition was set up to honour him and to inspire young geotechnical engineers to write their first paper to present their research and/or industry work in their area of interest.

Finalists for next year’s event will present their papers at a special anniversary event at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on 5 March 2019 in front of a panel of judges and the audience with the winner announced on the night.

The 50th anniversary of the Cooling Prize will be marked with a special lecture from Cooling’s daughter, Christine Cooling, on her father’s work and past Cooling Prize winners are also being invited.

Papers submitted for the 2019 competition can be on any topic dealing with the engineering behaviour of the ground, whether it be a description of an industrial design or construction project, development of a new piece of equipment, or state-of-the-art research. Papers must be less than 2,000 words (excluding titles, captions, and references), and state which parts of the paper comprise their own work and confirm the number of words does not exceed the limit.

Entrants should be under 33 years of age on 31 December 2019 and a member of either the British Geotechnical Association or the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The paper must be submitted, with a brief CV and a completed application form, by 18 January 2019. Full rules can be found on the BGA website.

Prizes include a £200 prize fund donated by GE, BGA sponsorship to the next European or International Conference on Soil Mechanics the following year (2020), publication of the winning paper, a cut glass decanter and much more. The winning paper will be published in GE.

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