The 2018 SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize

March 13th, 2018

The SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize is intended to raise awareness of technology development and novel applications related to water measurements and thereby promote innovation in sensor research and commercial application.

SWIG invites students and employees in the field of water sensor research to design a poster summarising their work. This is an opportunity for researchers within the water and environmental sectors to showcase their scientific talents and innovative thinking.

For full details of the competition, including terms and conditions, please see the  Flyer

This year’s competition has now closed – but watch out for the shortlisted posters won display at WWEM! The next competition will be held in 2020.

This year there is a £1,200 1st prize, £500 2nd prize and £200 3rd prize.

The competition is open to all ‘early career researchers’ to include undergraduate and postgraduate students either in full time education or within the first 4 years of employment within their area of expertise.

All posters passing to the final judging phase will be printed and displayed at the WWEM 2018 conference and exhibition on 21-22 November, with the top 3 entrants being required to give a short presentation at WWEM.  The winner will be judged on the poster and presentation, and announced at the WWEM Gala Dinner.

Zoe Goddard (left) being presented with her prize during the gala dinner at WWEM 2016 by Rosa Richards.The winner of the 2016 prize was Zoe Goddard at the University of East Anglia [photo], with her work on optically-profiling diffusible iron concentrations in sediment pore water.

Zoe said: “Winning the 2016 SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize was an invaluable experience. The opportunity to present my work greatly increased my confidence in both my ability to promote my work and my research as a whole. I really enjoyed the chance to meet a wide range of industry professionals and to discover more about the scope of water sensing research and how it is currently being applied to everyday situations.”

Zoe was presented with a trophy and cheque for £1,200 during the gala dinner at WWEM 2016, where she had earlier presented her research in the poster exhibition area entitled ‘Optically-Profiling Diffusible Iron Concentrations in Sediment Pore Water’.

Congratulations also go to the winner of the 2nd prize of £500, Elena Koutsoumpeli of the University of York for her cutting edge research into the use of affimers (artificial antibodies) for the detection of environmental contaminants ‘Antibody-mimetics for the detection of environmental contaminants’. Congratulations also to the winner of the 3rd prize of £200, Kevin Martins of the University of Bath for his research into a ground breaking use of radar to study ‘Wave propagation in the surf zone’.