BDS Young Professionals’ Competition - Now Open

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 22nd November 2021 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 – 10th September 2021,
  • Completed Papers submission deadline –15th October 2021,
  • BDS Prize Competition to be held at ICE – 22nd November 2021.

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 authors of synopses assessed as being relevant to the competition will be invited to submit their completed papers by 15th October 2019.

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