Launched in 2012, the DHC+ Student Awards highlight outstanding and original contributions todistrict 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.
The following eligibility criteria will be applied to all submissions.
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.
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
The research has to be related to the district heating and cooling technology and/or issues touching upon DHC.
The research report shall not contain any plagiarism of words and ideas. By submitting the paper, applicant accepts the international research community rules.
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.
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.
Papers that have already been published or submitted for a conference in the same form cannot be sent again.
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)
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
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
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
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
Creativity of approach and subject (10%)
Degree of innovation
Complexity of the topic
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).