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Coackley leads call for Queen Elizabeth Prize contenders

ICE President Richard Coackley has called on industry leaders to recommend outstanding projects or engineers worthy of nomination for the £1m Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

The global prize will be awarded biennially to one individual, or a team of up to three, responsible for a groundbreaking advance in engineering which has created significant benefit to humanity. The scheme was launched by prime minister David Cameron, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband last year.

The judging panel includes some of the top names in international science and engineering such as Professor Brian Cox and ICE Fellow and Buro Happold, chief executive Paul Westbury.

Coackley, one of the “scouts” forming a hunting team to help draw out potential winners, has written to industry leaders inviting them to join him in finding “the brightest and the best”.

“This prize will put on the world stage the engineers and engineering feats that are too often only recognised by our own industry. I hope it will also excite and inspire the next generation of engineers and encourage them to look at engineering as the “career of choice” - one that truly carries the potential to change the world,” he said.

“We must cast the civil engineering net as wide as we can and I would greatly appreciate members’ knowledge and expertise in identifying and recommending any particularly outstanding projects or engineers who might be worthy of nomination.”

Coackley suggests five potential themes winning entries might include but suggestions are not limited to these:

  • Engineering for Climate Change: Individuals/projects who are ahead of the curve in terms of building infrastructure fit for purpose to survive or meet the climate challenges we’re predicted to face in the next 100 years.
  • Systems engineering: For example, the concept of the city as a system is emerging as a means of developing a sustainable city.
  • Energy infrastructure: Particularly that which reduces demand for fossil fuels, increases resilience or enables economic development.
  • Water: Particularly providing clean water or transforming existing systems through reduction and reuse.
  • Waste: Particularly the exploitation of waste as a resource.

Nominations are now open and will close on 14 September 2012. Share your potential nominees by emailing Richard Coackley at president@

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