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REHVA Student Competition 2024

A chance to be the CIBSE nominated entry to REHVA's annual Student Competition and present a recently completed student piece of work from a CIBSE accredited, BSc, BEng, MEng or MSc course.

As a member of REHVA, CIBSE can nominate a recently completed piece of student work from a CIBSE accredited course in an area related to CIBSE activity to be judged against other European entries at the REHVA Student Competition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday 16 May 2024.

If requested by the finalist, CIBSE will provide a bursary of up to £500 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, and subsistence that will be claimable by the finalist after having attended and presented at the final in Istanbul in May.

CIBSE will nominate a piece of work amongst the submitted entries to be the finalist in the competition in Istanbul. Entries can be from past or present students who have successfully completed assessed work (eg major project/dissertation/thesis) from a BSc/BEng/MEng/MSc course with the work assessed in 2023. Submissions based on Doctoral theses are not eligible.

Details of entry requirements

  • Welcomed from CIBSE Student and Graduate grade membership holders (as well as other CIBSE membership grades).
  • Allowed from those who have completed their work (major project/dissertation/thesis) on a BSc/BEng/MEng/MSc undertaken in the last year (2023).
  • Written in English, in the format of a scientific paper, with a maximum of six pages that conform to the requirements below.
  • Submitted by email to [email protected] by 6pm on Tuesday, 12 December, 2023.
  • The email should include the membership grade and membership number of the entrant.

Work may report on experimental, analytical, numerical, design-related or other relevant areas and may result from research carried out by an individual student or a team of a maximum of two students. 

Entries should be in the format of scientific papers, with a maximum of six pages, following this template and should include the:

  • Submission title
  • Full name(s) of the student(s)
  • Full name(s) of the supervisor(s)
  • Affiliation(s) of the author(s), including the name(s) and full address(es) of the respective institute(s)
  • E-mail address(es) of the student(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Date when the work on which the submission is based has been approved by the university/institute.

Entry review

CIBSE will select a finalist that appears most suitable to meet the REHVA criteria. The decision of CIBSE will be final and, unfortunately, there will be no opportunity for individual feedback. You will be advised by Monday, 15 January 2024 if you have been selected as the finalist.

The CIBSE selected finalist must be able to present their work at the REHVA Student Competition to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday 16 May, 2024.

This will include:

  • A twelve-minute oral presentation of the work (not exceeding 15 slides). Followed by a three-minute Q&A session.
  • A high-resolution, A1-sized technical poster (oriented vertically).

The CIBSE selected finalist will be required to submit to CIBSE (no later than Monday 22 April 2024) the slides and the poster that will be presented.

The REHVA jury may award prizes to a maximum of three submissions. An additional prize will be awarded for the best poster and the winners will be announced to all contestants after the jury’s meeting.

All contestants will receive a certificate of participation. The prizes will be awarded to winners in the closing session of the REHVA Annual Meeting on 17 May 2024. There, the winner of the first prize will present their work (max. 15 min).

The REHVA evaluation criteria:

  • The eligibility and relevance of the project topic
  • The clarity of the work objectives
  • The applicability of the methods used
  • The validity and reliability of findings
  • The innovative character of the work conducted
  • The clarity and accuracy of written and oral presentation
  • The graphical quality of the summary and the presentation
  • The candidate’s ability to constructively discuss technical issues
  • The scientific level of the submission
  • For the Best Poster award, the evaluation will focus on the scientific level of the submission, and the graphical quality of the poster

Lewis Turner achieves second place in 2023 REHVA competition

I decided to enter the 2023 REHVA Student Competition for a few reasons. Firstly, I was introduced to the competition by my Course Director at Leeds Beckett University, who recognised the potential in my work and suggested I apply. Secondly, I was already familiar with REHVA's reputation in the academic and research community through publications I had read during my research at university. Moreover, I saw the competition as a chance to broaden my horizons. The prospect of travelling somewhere new and engaging with young researchers from across Europe was an exciting opportunity. It promised exposure to diverse perspectives and the opportunity to form valuable connections in the building services industry. Additionally, I recognised that the competition would allow me to share my research with the wider engineering community which is essential for further academic growth.

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