„ITA COSUF aims at a widespread adoption of best practices in the field of safety and security underground. Consequently we need to develop the culture and know-how of practitioners and scientists. Like in previous years, we wish to attract the interest of the new generations of professionals on safety and security of underground facilities“ said Roland Leucker, ITA COSUF chairman, commenting the steering board decision to award the 2015 COSUF prize.
Students, young professionals or researchers (less than 35 years old) are eligible if they have in the last two years completed a research work in theory and/or practice in the area of operational safety or security of underground facilities. The winner of the award is selected by the ITA COSUF steering board. Suitable for application are works specifically aimed at safety or security of underground facilities in operation, preferably reflecting an interdisciplinary approach. Applicants need not be ITA COSUF members.
Together with the award certificate, ITA COSUF grants the winner travel and accommodation costs to attend the award ceremony and a 1000 euros prize money.
The Award 2015 will be presented during the ITA COSUF Workshop on Aging Tunnels “Safety in operation and during refurbishment” on 26 May 2015. The winner will have the opportunity to present his/her own work during a plenary session of the workshop, which is part of the ITA World Tunnel Congress in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Additionally, the winner is asked to draft a two-page contribution for the ITA COSUF Newsletter and website.
The application in English language must be received by the ITA secretariat by 28 February 2015. Further information, including contents of the application file, is available on the COSUF website.