The Royal Academy of Engineering has entered into an exciting new partnership with Robert Bosch and The Independent newspaper which today (9 March 2006) sees the launch of the Technology Horizons Award, an essay competition for young people with cash prizes of over £4,500 for the winners.

April 2006 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of Britain’s greatest ever engineers. Brunel’s work encompassed many different engineering disciplines along with art, design and architecture. Brunel’s contribution to engineering and technology during a time of rapid innovation and change in 19th century Britain shaped the way we live our lives today.

The theme for the inaugural Bosch/Independent Technology Horizons Award, supported by the Academy’s Shape the Future campaign, builds from the Brunel legacy to ask young people ‘What will be the major drivers of technological change in the 21st century and how should we address the opportunities and risks it could bring?’

There are two age categories for the competition, 14-18 and 19-24, with a closing date for entries of 30 June 2006. Students in the first age category are required to write a 500 word article and the older students 750 words. There will also be cash prizes for the school and university with the most entrants plus a Bosch hamper. Judging takes place in July and August and the publication of articles will be in September when there will be an awards ceremony.

Notes for editors

  1. For more information about the Technology Horizons Award please contact Dave Rowley at the Academy.
  2. 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.