East of England - awards

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ICE East of England runs competitions and awards for individual members and project teams.

Celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievements

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East of England Merit Awards

ICE East of England presents its Merit Awards every year to celebrate civil engineering in the region. The awards help give projects the recognition and prestige they deserve.

Find out more about our Merit Awards

Recognising individual achievement

ICE East of England gives a number of awards to recognise the individual expertise and excellence of ICE members in the region.

Find out more about the awards, below.

Emerging engineers award

Emerging engineers award

This competition is held every year to promote and reward excellent communication of civil engineering issues and ideas.

Graduate and student members can submit papers on any topic related to civil engineering. Entries can be adapted from undergraduate research papers, university projects, professional development or professional review reports. It's preferable, but not compulsory, for entries to be based on the applicant’s own work.

The competition is open to all graduate and student members of ICE who live, work or study in the East of England (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire including Peterborough, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk).

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and the overall regional winner will be considered for a place in the national final.

Previous winning titles include:

  • Shaking up dance floor design with timber concrete composites
  • Characterisation and fluidisation of synthetic pit latrine sludge
  • Assessing the functionality of rural hand pump wells in Sierra Leone using water point mapping

This competition is a chance to showcase your talent for communicating civil engineering ideas and research, and to see how you rate against your peers. It's also an excellent opportunity to improve your written and verbal skills in preparation for the Professional Review ... and you could end up winning a cash prize too!

Entry deadline - 16 April

Regional heat - 21 May

Enter the 2020 Emerging Engineers Award. For an entry form please contact your Regional Support Team [email protected]

National competition

The Emerging Engineers Award culminates in a national competition. 3 winners from across the UK are selected to take part in the final, held at our headquarters in London.

The selected finalists each present their papers, with the overall winner receiving a cash prize and the prestigious Institution Medal.

Find out more about the final

Meet a former winner

Jasmine Toombs
Jasmine Toombs, winner of the 2017 Emerging Engineers Award

Jasmine Toombs won last year's award with her paper: explored the promising use of Elon Musk's technology in the world of transport. Jasmine described the various Hyperloop proposals that are currently being explored and talked about the challenges and opportunities this new transport mode could bring.

Jasmine represented the ICE's South West Region and is graduate engineer working for WSP in their Turo office in Cornwall.

Individual award for Merit

Individual Award for Merit

The ICE East of England Regional Board gives four awards to exceptional people who have shown extraordinary dedication and commitment to ICE at branch and regional level.

They are:

  • Award for Merit: For outstanding service to civil engineering in representing East of England at any level. Proposed by Regional Executive Board
  • Commendation for Distinguished Service: For outstanding service at regional level. Proposed by Regional Chair
  • Commendation for Good Service: In recognition of good service in a committee role at branch level. Proposed by Branch Chair
  • Commendation for Meritorious Conduct: For service of an exceptional nature - e.g. for conduct involving a high degree of courage, endurance, initiative, devotion to duty. Proposed by Regional Executive Board

Current winners

At the 2018 ICE East of England Annual General Meeting, long serving members Andrew Cowburn and Stephen Hague, were presented with Certificates of Merit in recognition of their contribution to the region by outgoing Chair Andy Palmer.

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Andrew Cowburn and Stephen Hague receiving their Certificates of Merit from Andy Palmer

Pitch 200

Pitch 200 is an engineering competition with a difference.

This competition is an opportunity to show the general public how civil engineers transform their lives directly in order to encourage the next generation into the profession.

Different to many of the other ICE competitions, Pitch 200 draws on engineers creativity to demonstrate a particular aspect of civil engineering to a public audience – and you only have 200 seconds to do it.

Members at every level have the opportunity to submit a presentation in the weirdest, wackiest and most unconventional way using anything at their disposal to explain your chosen idea.

Entering the Pitch 200 gives you a great chance to:

  • Promote civil engineering as an exciting industry to the public, your area of research/practice and the variety and diversity of jobs within the profession
  • Develop your skills and confidence in public speaking
  • Demonstrate your talent to the engineering community and peers
  • Become ICE Regional Ambassador for a year (providing a ‘money can’t buy’ prize that greatly increases the profile and contacts of the winner).

Initial entries are a 60 second video summary of what your full presentation would be, and can be based on your own work, discipline or another aspect on civil engineering that fascinates you. It can be adapted from project reports, university/employment research papers or something entirely new.

Prizes for the East of England Regional Final:

First Prize: ICE Regional Ambassador for 2020

Entry details in brief:


Registration of intent to join the competition by submitting 60 second summary video by 3 April 2020 to the East of England Regional Support Team

The regional winner will be shortlisted for the Pitch200 Final where the overall ICE Ambassador for 2020 will be awarded.

The East of England region Pitch 200 is open to all current ICE members who live, work or study in the region (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire including Peterborough, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, excluding London Boroughs).

To enter, you need to register your intent to join the competition by completing and sending the Pitch200 Entry Form and 60 second summary video to [email protected] by 3 April 2020.

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