World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development 2020 Competition for Young Engineers/Scientists (Win a trip to the event at UNESCO HQ in Paris)

World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development 2020 Competition for Young Engineers/Scientists (Win a trip to the event at UNESCO HQ in Paris)

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Calling all Young Engineers & Scientists! Call for proposals that showcase the leadership efforts of young engineers around the world to progress the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering.

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations and its Committee on Young Engineers / Future Leaders have launched a competition for the best ideas and projects from young engineers around the world, who are progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering. These goals take an integrated approach for future development, combining progress in economic prosperity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The implementation of these goals is a key objective of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations and is central to the celebrations of World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development.

They welcome high-quality proposals that address one or several of the following 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The abstract (in English) should be up to 300 words describing a project or an idea. The article must cover one or several of the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Goal 1: No Poverty
  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being for people
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climate Change
  • Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Benefits

  • Authors of the best proposals will be funded to attend the celebrations of World Engineering’ Day at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 4 March 2020. Up to 3 authors will be selected.
  • Here, they will be presented with an award, and have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience which will include leaders of professional engineering intuitions, and representatives of member states including ambassadors.
  • The authors of the best submission that address the various Sustainable Development Goals (up to a total of 17) will be invited to submit an article (in English) of up to 1000 words along with up to four high-resolution images and a brief biography and photograph of the author.
  • Commended entries, and the winner, will have their work published in a publication which will be released during the United Nations Science Technology and Innovation Forum in New York in May 2020. 

Eligibility

  • Open to Young Engineers, Scientists and Practitioners around the world
  • Applicants must be below 35
  • Applicants can be undergraduates, postgraduates, & early career engineers

Judging Criteria

The articles will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Impact of the project on achieving one or more of the targets underlying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. The role of the author, who should be below 35 years on 31 December 2020, in the project. Engineers who have made significant contributions through innovative ideas and/or leadership will be very well regarded.
  3. The level of innovation in addressing the underlying problem and how a solution has been developed.
  4. The quality of the presentation and the communication of the important and relevant issues of the project in terms of language, illustrations, and photographs.

The judging panel will comprise representatives of the International Committee on Young Engineers Future Leaders. The decision of the judges will be final and the winners will be announced on World Engineering Day at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 4 March 2020. 

Application

Young engineers are invited to submit a brief description (maximum 300 words) of their ideas or projects that they are currently working on (e.g. use of AI in healthcare) or an idea they have (e.g. increasing diversity in engineering), is addressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Finalists will be asked to submit a further 1000 words.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit World Engineering Day.

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