The annual Cooling Prize competition is for professionals in the geotechnical/ground engineering industry in the early stages of their careers.
The Cooling Prize competition is held annually by the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) and is named after Dr Leonard Cooling, one of the founders of British Soil Mechanics, a former chair of the BGA, and the 2nd Rankine Lecturer.
All Young Geotechnical Engineers (33 or less on 31 December 2020), who are members of the BGA or ICE, are invited to submit posters on any topic dealing with the engineering behaviour of the ground. This is a change in the traditional format of the Cooling Prize. This year, entrants must submit a poster, and those shortlisted will present their poster at the Cooling Prize event in March at which the winner is selected by a panel of judges.
The poster must be prepared using the template available on the British Geotechnical Association websiteand be submitted with a brief CV and a completed application form by Friday 17 January 2020.
In addition to the prestige of winning the Cooling Prize, the winner receives a cheque for £200, BGA sponsorship to the next European or International Young Engineers Conference on Soil Mechanics, and is invited to produce a 2,000 word paper (based on their poster and presentation) for publication in Ground Engineering magazine.
The aim of the competition is to encourage young engineers to present their work which should not have been previously published or submitted for publication. Equal merit will be given to high quality industrial experience as to state-of-the-art research. The work does not have to be solely that of the author, but the author’s part should be stated clearly.