New Scientist launches an exciting new competition this week, in association with international energy company Statoil, asking its readers to nominate engineering projects that they think will have the biggest impact on human life over the next 30 years. Entrants must propose in 100 words their idea of the ‘next big thing’ for engineers by Tuesday 1 March 2011, see

As competition partner, The Royal Academy of Engineering is providing judges to help assess the entries and pick a shortlist of five from which New Scientist readers will then vote for their favourite. The winning entry will be announced in the first week of May 2011.

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. Full details and instructions for entry can be found at Please note that Fellows and staff of the Academy are not eligible to enter the competition themselves but are encouraged to pass details on to friends and colleagues.
  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.

For more information please contact

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