2019 BDS Prize - Young Persons Paper Competition

The BDS Prize Competition for young engineers is open to BDS members under 35 years of age on the date of the competition.

The submitted paper (2,500 words) will be on a topic of dam engineering relating to the author's experience in reservoir research, design, construction, operation, maintenance or supervision. Participants must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken a significant role, relative to their level of experience, in the project or topic. There must be only one author per paper.

Further details on the flyer available here.

The next competition will take place on 18th November 2019 at the Institution of Civil Engineers where the following prizes will be contested.

First Prize - £500,
Second Prize - £250,
Third Prize - £100
Key Dates

Synopses submission deadline – extended by one week to 23rd August 2019,
Completed Papers submission deadline –11th October 2019,
BDS Prize Competition to be held at ICE - 18th November 2019
To Enter the Competition:

Candidates must submit a 250 word synopsis of their proposed paper together with their brief biographical details to the BDS Secretary by email (

The deadline for the submission of your abstract has been extended by one week to 23rd August 2019.

The authors of synopses assessed as being relevant to the competition will be invited to submit their completed papers by 11th October 2019.

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