TRL announces new Student Award initiative

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Leading transport consultancy and research firm to recognize UAE’s smartest students and their proposals for sustainable traffic solutions at Gulf Traffic 2016

Dr. Britta Lang, Country Director - UAE, TRL
Dr. Britta Lang, Country Director – UAE, TRL

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), a leading transport consultancy and research firm, has revealed its latest initiative, the ‘TRL Student Award,’ which aims to tap into the creative skills of today’s younger generation in order to help solve practical, real life problems while also helping the country in its move towards more growth and development.

The initiative will award some of the country’s top student minds for their proposals of innovative and sustainable transport solutions in a special awards ceremony on the sidelines of Gulf Traffic 2016, which will be held from 13th to 15th November, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Serving as the knowledge partner of the event, TRL wants to encourage new blood into the transport domain and recognise fresh and creative thinking by future professionals.

According to TRL, sustainable transport solutions are crucially important for dynamic and expanding countries such as the UAE, in order to enable the transport of people and goods in the context of work, education and leisure in a way that is sustainable in both the social and environmental sense. With this in mind, the ‘TRL Student Award’ will generate unique ideas from students for transport solutions that promote socially and environmentally friendly modes of transport, aiding the governments drive toward a fully sustainable, smart city. In addition, the breadth of the subject ‘Sustainable Transport’ means that different academic disciplines can participate and provide new perspectives and fresh ideas.

“TRL is at the forefront of the future of transport and cutting edge of transport science,” said Dr Britta Lang, Country Director – UAE, TRL. “We take pride in our commitment towards technical expertise whilst also recognising the significance of promoting scientific development at every given opportunity. We decided to launch the ‘TRL Student Award’ to serve as a platform for showcasing innovation, opening up another avenue to demonstrate how ideas from today’s youth can bring the future of transport to life.”

All students must register and submit their entries by visiting http://www.gulftraffic.com/en/Awards/Awards2016/#award_trlstd. Entries should have a minimum of 800 words and maximum of 5,000 words. The deadline for submitting entries is on November 5, 2016.

“Transport is and always will be an essential part of our everyday lives and is central to sustainable development.  It enables access to employment, business, education, health services, and social interaction. We are highly positive that this competition will spur some highly creative and innovative ideas that can address issues covering the vehicles we use, transport infrastructure, energy source, the logistics of the transport system or transport planning measures to promote sustainability and traffic congestion solutions,” concluded Lang.

Competition Guidelines

A panel of appointed judges will rate each proposal that was submitted to trlltd@trl.ae against a 5-point scale, judging the proposal on;

  • Meeting the submission criteria
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Applicability to the region
  • Impact

The student or group of students that has produced the proposal with the highest rating score will be invited to attend the gala dinner of the prestigious Gulf Traffic Awards on the 13th November 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), where they will be presented with the TRL Student Award.

NOTE: To ensure that participants have equal chances in their preparation of proposals, the following eligibility criteria will be applied;

  1. The student(s) must be currently enrolled in an Institution for Higher Education located in United Arab Emirates.
  2. The student’s age should not exceed 30 years
  3. PhD students are excluded from participation.
  4. Submission language is English