Response to COVID-19

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22 April 2020


Following the UK government’s advice on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation will close its London premises after today (20 March) until further notice. The prize will continue with all regular business remotely as we continue to celebrate engineering visionaries and inspire creative minds.

The absolute priority for the Foundation in this difficult period is the welfare of its staff and other stakeholders and we are fully committed to supporting global efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Chairman of the Foundation Lord Browne of Madingley said ‘COVID-19 presents a major challenge to societies across the globe. Engineering has a key role to play in the response to the current crisis – this includes researchers seeking ways to deliver therapeutic equipment and effective vaccines, those maintaining the infrastructure that is enabling us to keep in safe contact with family, friends and colleagues, and the facilitation of supply chains to ensure we are able to distribute essential supplies.

‘We recognise that collaboration and innovation will play an essential role in tackling the pandemic. We give our full support to the whole engineering profession as we respond to the crisis together.’

Many countries around the world are closing their schools, which means that many families will be taking care of their children at home, in addition to working remotely. As such, we are collating a selection of resources to engage children (of all ages!) in engineering here.

What’s more, now is the perfect time to take advantage of some extra time at home and catch up on episodes from our Create the Future podcast series. Recent episodes have explored a myriad of topics from artificial intelligence and Lightsabre duels to equal access in cities and Harry Potter. The podcast is available to stream on all major platforms as well as the QEPrize website.

Search for the 2021 QEPrize winner

Nominations for the 2021 QEPrize will open around the world on 21 April. The QEPrize seeks nominations from the public that celebrate a wide variety of engineering innovations across all sectors of the profession, and a breadth of nominators from all corners of the globe.

The £1 million prize is the world’s most prestigious engineering accolade, awarded to up to five engineers responsible for a bold, groundbreaking engineering innovation of global benefit to humanity.

The only limitations are that self-nomination and posthumous nomination are not allowed. The winners will be announced early in 2021.

To find out more and nominate, visit the website:

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