All six participants in the competition were able to convince with interesting topics and successful presentations. However, Ivan Popovic, M. Sc. from the Chair of Tunnel Construction, Pipeline Construction and Construction Operations at the Ruhr University Bochum narrowly won the STUVA Young Talent Award. His lecture “New separation method for used bentonite suspensions: Fine grain separation by means of electroagulation – laboratory tests, prototype, construction site implementation” received the most votes. This year's STUVA Young Talent Award includes a trip to the extraordinary tunnel construction sites of the Alto Maipo hydroelectric power plant mega-project in Chile.
But also the runner-up of the Young Forum, Alena Conrads, M. Sc. of Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, did not leave empty-handed. She received the new InnoTrans Career Award, jointly donated by STUVA and the InnoTrans trade fair, for her contribution “Maintenance planning for mining tools in shield tunnelling taking into account uncertainties in wear prognosis – process simulation, sensitivity analyses, optimisations”.