EngineeringUK

Media release - 3/2/2009

Last chance to enter for ‘best NSEW engineering event’, as sponsored by The ETB

As part of National Science and Engineering Week 2009 (6-15 March) the ETB is offering a £1,000 cash prize for the overall winner in each of the following NSEW event categories:

• Best engineering event
• Best science event
• Best schools event
• Outstanding contribution to NSEW

Hundreds of brilliant events are organised every year for NSEW, but this year the ETB wanted to recognise and reward the efforts of so many in the engineering community and beyond.

These ‘Event Awards’ are open to any NSEW event organisers (apart from the school category which is restricted to pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools and 6th form colleges), but participants must be quick off the mark. The closing date for entries is Monday 9th February 2009.

Three events will be shortlisted in each of these categories, then visited and judged by an NSEW representative during the week. All shortlisted events will be displayed on the National Science and Engineering Week website. The winners will be announced during NSEW and prizes awarded soon after.

Paul Jackson, Chief Executive of the ETB, said: ‘National Science and Engineering Week is an excellent opportunity to get young people across the country excited about engineering. The ETB is delighted to sponsor these awards in order to inspire and recognise the creativity and innovation that goes into NSEW events.’

Click here for the competition criteria:
http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/NR/rdonlyres/5F482C98-BC21-4600-B15A-26E4695CC129/0/NSEWAwardsCriteria.pdf

Click here for the competition rules:
http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/NR/rdonlyres/CAFDE121-FE03-44EA-8750-6CEA59C5B824/0/NSEWAwardsrules.pdf

The rules and criteria are available via www.nsew.org.uk

National Science and Engineering Week is coordinated by the British Science Association in partnership with the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) and funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

Notes to Editors

1)  About National Science and Engineering Week (6-15 March 2009)
• Theme for 2009 is ‘Change’. This fits with Darwin200 and the International Year of Astronomy, both happening in 2009.
• Events are organised throughout the UK by a large and varied range of organisations and individuals, including hospitals, schools, industry and museums. Venues range from shopping centres to pubs and churches.
• Aimed at everyone from children and adults, to decision-makers and investors and is intended to:
o engage and inspire people of all ages with science, engineering and technology and their implications, o promote discussion and understanding of what science, engineering and technology can and cannot achieve, o promote knowledge of the scientific method, i.e. how scientists and engineers go about their work and reach their conclusions, o promote science, engineering and technology studies beyond the age of 16, and science, engineering and technology as career options.
• Takes science and engineering to the public rather than waiting for the public to find them. The week draws many scientists and engineers into the public domain to discuss their work with interested audiences.
• For more information visit www.nsew.org.uk
• 2008 Vital Statistics:
o An estimated 3,500 events; from hands-on activities to discussions, tours and online activities
o 1.4 million participants
2) About the British Science Association
The British Science Association is the UK's nationwide, open membership organisation that exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering. Established in 1831, the British Science Association organises major initiatives across the UK, including National Science and Engineering Week, the annual British Science Festival, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges. For more information please visit www.britishscienceassociation.org.
For further information please contact:
Laura Marsh, PR and Communications Manager EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0444 or (m) 07887 943 017