The Royal Academy of Engineering is competition partner to the ‘Engineering Milestones’ competition being run by New Scientist and Statoil, calling for readers’ suggestions of engineering projects that they think will have the biggest impact on human life over the next 30 years.

The judges, including Academy Fellows, have picked a shortlist of five from which New Scientist readers can now vote for their favourite. The winning entry will be announced in the first week of May.

The competition prize is a four-day trip to the high Arctic, courtesy of Statoil, visiting the Svalbard archipelago and including a helicopter flight and tour of the giant Troll gas platform and a submersible trip to the seabed.

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy published two reports on the field in 2009: a technical inquiry Synthetic Biology: scope, applications and implications
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  2. The Royal Society is the UK’s national academy of science.  Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as a provider of independent scientific advice, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency. Our expertise is embodied in the Fellowship, which is made up of the finest scientists from the UK and beyond.
  3. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton