Celebrating the 2021 Young researchers conference
Date published

26 March 2021

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Celebrating the 2021 Young researchers conference

Date published
Date published

26 March 2021

This unique event offers young researchers a chance to present their work and receive feedback from academics and industry leaders.



The conference returned this year with its largest international audience to date, with people registering to attend from over 50 countries.

Six young researchers presented their work to a panel of judges. The afternoon also included an inspiring keynote address from Dr Adam Crewe of Bristol University, a presentation from the Young researchers conference Australia winner and a presentation from the 2020 Research into Practice Case Study competition winner.

The panel of judges comprised of both academics and practicing engineers from the IStructE Research Panel and an industry guest.

12 researchers were also given the opportunity to present their projects in poster form to another panel of judges from the Research Panel. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poster presentations were announced at the end of the conference.

A networking session was held after the conference to allow attendees to discuss a range of different research topics with the presenters, judges, sponsors, and other industry professionals.


Benefits of attending


Dr Francis Lok of Nanyang Technological University, an attendee of the conference, said "This is a good day to be inspired and to promote a culture of higher and continuous education. Excellent presentations by all researchers". 

Presentation winner Zach Wynne said “The young researchers conference was a fantastic chance to engage with the broad range of cutting-edge research that's happening across the profession, from non-destructive testing to state-of-the-art structural modelling. I was drawn to the conference by the chance to share my research with a wide and varied audience. This engagement, interaction and collaboration between academia and industry is vital if structural engineers are going to tackle the climate emergency and build a brighter future” 

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who attended and made it such a successful event once again.


Presentation Winners

1st - Zachariah Wynne of University of Edinburgh - Learning from in-service behaviour of a 3D printed steel footbridge

2nd - Luke Lapira of Imperial College London - Analysis and design of steel plates with double curvature

3rd - Amila Jayasinghe of University of Cambridge - Minimising embodied carbon of reinforced concrete beams


Poster Winners

1st - Alicja Przystup of University of Edinburgh - Extremes of engineered timber

2nd - Richard May of University of Edinburgh - Indirect structural health monitoring of bridges using mobile sensor data

3rd - Yao Sun of Nanyang Technological University - Behaviour and design of high-performance steel welded I-section structural components


Watch the Winners presentation


In-situ behaviour of a 3D-printed steel footbridge

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