About the Award

Airbus, the global leader in aeronautics, space and related services and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering, invite you to enter the 6th global Airbus GEDC Diversity Award for engineering education. This award aims to shine a light on successful projects that inspire students from all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering.

The 2018 award will be given to the project that demonstrates the best use of technology to enhance diversity in engineering education. Alongside the significant global visibility and recognition the finalist projects receive a financial reward.

Together, Airbus and the GEDC want to recognise good practice in diversity and inclusion around the world and inspire others to replicate successful initiatives in their own institutions. The long-term aim of the award is to increase diversity and inclusion among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, and the wide-ranging work that engineers do.

Selection Process and Recognition

Three projects will be selected as finalists and the Project Representative (or a replacement nominated by them) will be invited to attend the WEEF-GEDC Conference, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA from 12 to 16 November 2018 as a guest of the GEDC and Airbus. Note, Airbus and the conference organisers can provide supporting letters to obtain a visa if required, however the responsibility for obtaining the visa remains with the Project Representative – steps should be taken as early as the individual feels necessary. Please contact info@airbusgedcdiversityaward.com if you need support for this.

All results will be communicated by early October at the latest. All three finalist Project Representatives will be invited guests for the conference, with the related costs covered by the funding provided by Airbus. Other team members will be welcome to attend at their own cost. 

At the conference, the projects will be presented by their representatives to a distinguished jury who will make the final selection. During the WEEF-GEDC conference, the winning project will be announced, with a prize of 10,000 USD awarded to the project team to support the continuation of their work. The two runner-up projects will receive 1,500 USD each to support further communication about their initiatives.

Details and Registration

To start your entry for the 2018 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award please access the following link. Full details on the award criteria and how to complete your entry are available here.

Fly Your Ideas 2019 Competition

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