As part of its commitment to promoting the EngD qualification, each year the AEngD seeks articles (c. 800 words maximum) that address any area of engineering and would be suitable for publication in a magazine (for example, the RAEng magazine) and/or a broadsheet newspaper. Additionally, any shortlisted articles would, of course, also be published on the AEngD website.
Shortlisted candidates will demonstrate that they have thought about and understood their audience and can convey information about their engineering challenge, and their research response to that challenge, in a readable way. There are two main categories:
Judges will be looking for originality, bright ideas and a clear, distinctive writing style. Each 800-word article should show a passion for engineering, summarise the researcher's contribution to knowledge and the potential/actual impact of their research, and should encourage readers to consider, question and debate key issues in engineering and society. In short, it should tell a good story, in an accessible style, and show how the work is interesting.
Entries must initially be submitted to the industrial doctorate centre where the researcher is based (deadline 1st September). After initial shortlisting by each IDC (selecting one for each of the above categories; shortlisted articles to be forwarded to the AEngD PR consultant Paul Wilkinson) by 30 September, finalists' articles will be judged by a panel of judges appointed by the AEngD steering committee.
Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend an event and to deliver a short presentation based on their article. Each winner will also receive £250 cash prize. Shortlisted candidates will each receive commemorative certificates.