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ICE VLA Emerging Engineers Award

Event organised by ICE

20 September 2023
17:30 - 19:30 AET (GMT+10)
WSP Melbourne office
Level 11, 567 Collins Street

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The ICE Victoria Local Association (VLA) Emerging Engineers Award is presented to an outstanding Victorian engineering student (or group of students), including Master’s, PhD or post-grads, or graduate engineers with up to 5 years’ experience.

The event will take place on Wednesday 20 September 2023 at 17:30 to coincide with a social evening for members and guests. The format for the competition comprises the display of a poster whilst answering informal questions from the judges as they go around the room. Participants and guests are also encouraged to check-out the other posters and learn from the different presenters.

Marks out of 20 will be given by each judge as set out below and the winning entry will be the entrant with the highest average score from the judges:

Element Marks
Poster 10 (technical content: 5, visual appearance: 5)
Explanation to the judges 5
Questions 5

The poster should be no larger than 1 sheet of A0 paper (1189  x 841 mm, portrait orientation only) and can contain text, maps, diagrams, photographs, etc. as desired. A high quality “professional” visual presentation is not sought. However, clarity, brevity and technical competence is required.

The poster should include a summary of the work/research carried out including a statement of the aims of the project or study, the methods employed and the results gained together with analysis, conclusion and recommendations. Examples could include design, construction, monitoring, case study analysis or research.

The winner(s) and runner-up(s) will be granted monetary prizes of $250 and $50, respectively, along with a valuable addition to their CV which may lead to further recognition.

Notification of intention to submit a poster:

Those intending to enter should notify Manuel Neves of the ICE VLA at [email protected] no later than 06 September and include the following:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Organisation (state whether contractor, consultant, undergraduate or postgraduate student)
  • Position in organisation
  • Contact details
  • Title of poster and a short synposis of your poster/topic (up to 100 words).

Please note: we are restricting the number of entrants to 10. If more than 10 entries are received, the organisers will select the entries which will receive places in the competition to provide a fair representation of the industry.

Confirmation of places in the competition will be sent by 11 September. The organisers’ decision is final.


17:30 - 18:30

General viewing of the posters with finger food, refreshments and wine served (entrants' explanation of their poster to the judges will take place during this period)

18:30 - 19:00

Technical presentation: It’s hot in the city - the effects of urban development on microclimate, presented by Dr Thilini Kaluarachchi

19:00 - 19:30

Announcement of winner(s), prize giving and networking


Dr Thilini Kaluarachchi

Dr Thilini Kaluarachchi


climate change and resilience consultant

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Dr Thilini Kaluarachchi

Dr Thilini Kaluarachchi is an urban heat and microclimate expert. She is currently working as a climate change and resilience consultant at WSP Australia. She brings a wealth of experience working with various state and local governments in delivering microclimate assessments, urban heat and climate risk assessments. She approaches complex climate change issues in urban settings through a transdisciplinary lens.