The CAETS Communication Prizes recognise effective audiovisual communication to a general audience of how applied technology and engineering has been or can be used to address a real-world problem, and the resulting benefits to the economy or society.
The prizes are judged in a two-step process. Firstly, each CAETS member academy selects national winners for each prize. These national winners are then submitted to the international CAETS prizes, assessed by an international judging panel drawn from CAETS member academies. One international winner will be selected in each category.
Applications for Australian judging close 11:59pm AEST Friday 10 June 2022.
The winners of the prizes will be announced at CAETS 2022 26-29 September in France.
Category of entry
There are two (2) categories:
Category 1 – Engineering success stories
Outstanding audiovisual communication of excellence and innovation in technological sciences or engineering. The winning entry will have clearly communicated the successful identification of and solution for a problem, with the outcome being of benefit to the economy or society, either nationally or internationally.
- Open to current Fellows of the Academy you are submitting your entry to – in Australia this is ATSE.
Category 2 – High potential innovations
This prize recognises outstanding audiovisual communication of excellence and innovation in technological sciences or engineering.
The winning entry will have successfully identified and validated an evidence-based solution that can be proven over time, with the outcome being of benefit to the economy or society, either nationally or internationally.
- Open to university/tertiary students or junior scientists/engineers with less than 10 years’ work experience (allowing for career breaks).
- Videos are to be submitted in MP4 format.
- Videos must be five minutes in length or less. Entries over five minutes will not be considered.
- Videos should contain the following content:
- A description of the problem being solved and its relevance to the real world, including how it is applied
- A clear and simple explanation of the technology, how it works and why it is novel
- For the Engineering Success Stories prize, the impact that the solution has already had (e.g. number of installations, users, customers etc.).
- The video must be submitted by, and feature the work of a Fellow of the member academy.
- For the High Potential Innovations prize, the solution must be credible and the potential impact of the solution should be evidence-based.
- Names and affiliations of the researchers and developers
- Logo of their organisation
- CAETS strongly encourages videos to be produced in English, however, videos in languages other than English will be accepted providing they have English subtitles.
Obligations of entrants
Entrants are to provide explicit written permission for the videos to be promoted internationally in traditional and social media, CAETS and its member academies’ websites and other collateral.
The videos may be used in whole or part at the discretion of CAETS and its member academies, and entrants are to waive their rights to compensation for the use of the material provided in the footage for marketing and promotional purposes.
Entries will be ranked against the following criteria:
- The video is to be clearly targeted at a general non-technical audience with a focus on inspiring youth/ student audiences.
- Plain language intelligible to a general audience; the video must clearly explain why the problem is important before describing/demonstrating the nature of the solution.
- Articulates an innovation that solves a meaningful problem using technology or engineering, with entrants for the Engineering Success Stories prize demonstrating the successful application of the solution and the High Potential Innovations prize demonstrating how the solution could be applied.
- The work is credible and can be verified.
- Supported by a clearly articulated and achievable communications plan (no more than two pages in length) devised by the submitting Academy and aimed at raising public awareness in member academies’ countries.
Videos and completed entry forms should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm AEST Friday 10 June.
Video links should be provided either to a file hosting system (e.g. DropBox) or to video hosting site (e.g. YouTube).
Quick guide to filming your video: