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Kenneth Severn Award

An annual essay competition seeking responses to a question set by the Institution President.

The award offers you the chance to publish a thought piece in our prestigious technical publication, The Structural Engineer, boost your CV and demonstrate your knowledge.

The Award is named in honour of Kenneth Severn (President of the Institution from 1972-73) and is supported by the late Mr Severn's family.


2019 Question


What additional skills do structural engineers need to develop to answer future humanitarian challenges?

Engineering has always been about answering humanitarian challenges. This will become ever more relevant as the world population increases towards 10 billion people in the coming decades. What humanitarian challenges will this population increase bring, and what additional skills does the structural engineering profession need to develop to answer these challenges?




Your written submission should be a maximum of 1,500 words and may include relevant imagery that supplements the text.

Judges will consider:

  • Originality
  • Value to the structural engineering profession
  • Clarity of presentation


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