8th International DHC+ Student Awards

  • DHC+ Student Awards
  • 05 May 2020 - 06 May 2020

 

GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Launched in 2012, the DHC+ Student Awards highlight outstanding and original contributions to district heating and cooling related research, including economic and technological aspects, energy management, and the environmental consequences of energy utilisation.

Winners will be invited to the official Awards ceremony which will take place during the Euroheat & Power Conference held in Brussels on 5-6 May 2020. Hotel accommodation will be provided, and travel costs will be covered up to EUR 600.

Additionally, the 1st place winner will receive a research contribution of EUR 1000 and the top three applicants will publish their articles in the International EuroHeat&Power Magazine.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The following eligibility criteria will be applied to all submissions.

  1. The applicant shall be registered as an undergraduate or post-graduate (i.e. pursuing studies for a MA/MS or PhD) student in an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. The applicant shall submit a short research paper in English language (MAX 8 pages). Please note that 8 pages include a one page summary with key information, all annexes and references. Permitted formatting: font Calibri 11, .pdf, .doc, .docx
  3. The research has to be related to the district heating and cooling technology and/or issues touching upon DHC.
  4. The research report shall not contain any plagiarism of words and ideas. By submitting the paper, applicant accepts the international research community rules.
  5. No more than one contribution per person (mentioned as an author) is accepted. In case a group work wins the competition, only the person mentioned first receives financial contribution and is invited to the Awards ceremony.
  6. Contributions which have already been praised with the International DHC+ Student Awards cannot be sent again. All other applicants can improve and re-submit their papers.
  7. Papers that have already been published or submitted for a conference in the same form cannot be sent again.

 

EVALUATION

Applications will be evaluated by an international panel, comprising 8 academic and industry representatives from the DHC+ Technology Platform. The panel will take into account the information provided in the application form and the submitted paper.

There are 5 assessment criteria with their respective weight in the overall score.
(Note that not all criteria are applicable for each paper)

  1. Overall importance to science and technology (30%)
    • Introduction into the topic
    • Description of the main problem and the underlying motivation
    • Description of the state of the art
    • Scope and objectives of the performed work
    • Clarification of the main target of the work
  2. Methodology and logic of conclusions (20%)
    • Explanation, how to reach the goal and sub goals during work
    • Description of the chosen procedure
    • Communication of the used methods
    • Description of assumptions, external requirements and underlying data
  3. Clarity and preciseness of presentation and topic (10%)
    • Abstract and Summary
    • Presentation of results in tables and figures
    • Quality of scientific performance (references, citations etc.)
    • Format and Structuring of the paper
    • Language and Readability
  4. Expected market impact, DHC improvement and progress (30%)
    • Conclusion of the work and the results
    • Reliability of results
    • Application of results; description, how results can be transferred to the market
    • Analysis of the potential impact of results to DHC sector
    • Recommendations for further research
  5. Creativity of approach and subject (10%)
    • Degree of innovation
    • Complexity of the topic
    • Interdisciplinary approach
    • Combination or variation of methods

 

DEADLINE AND NEXT STEPS

The deadline for applications is at 23.59 CET on 14 FEBRUARY 2020. Please note that late submissions will not be accepted. You will be informed of the results at the end of March 2020.

If selected, you are expected to arrange your travel to Brussels, provide your short bio to the conference organisers and submit your presentation and any other information on time. You will also be asked to prepare an article for the issue III (editorial deadline 3 August) or issue IV (editorial deadline 12 October) of the International EuroHeat&Power Magazine (guidelines provided).

 

CONTACT THE ORGANISERS

Should you have any questions about the DHC+ Student Awards, please do not hesitate to contact the DHC+ Secretariat at dhcplus@euroheat.org.

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