About the Dr Jenkins Competition

West Midlands and East Midlands branches hold the annual Dr Jenkins Competition for best technical paper on any topic in the field of water and environmental management. The competition provides an opportunity for new and prospective members of CIWEM to present their technical papers.

Dr S H Jenkins was Chemist to the Upper Tame Main Drainage Authority and became a member of one of CIWEM’s predecessor intuitions in 1938, then a Fellow in 1944 and served as President in 1957. Throughout his career Dr Jenkins was active in his local branch and gave great encouragement to younger people in the water industry. He died in January 1983.

To commemorate and continue his support, this annual paper competition was established to provide a forum for young authors to promote their work and practice their presentation skills.

Applications open for 2024.

Are you new to the water or environmental management sector and want to showcase your work? Whether you’re working on new research or engineering practices on projects, the joint CIWEM East Midlands and West Midlands branches’ Dr Jenkins competition is your opportunity to gain valuable experience by publishing and presenting a paper. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

CIWEM Members are asked to seek out, encourage and sponsor potential authors.

Dr Jenkins technical paper competition: submission guidelines | Closing Date: Friday 2 August 2024

This competition provides an opportunity for new and prospective members of CIWEM to present papers on any topic in the field of water and environmental management.

The competition is open to all, but preference will be given to those with limited experience in presenting or publishing papers.

Submitting an abstract

Candidates should notify their interest with Gen Yip at gen.yip@severntrent.co.uk as soon as possible and submit abstracts by Friday 2 August 2024.

Your submission should include:

  • An abstract of the paper, up to 600 words in length (tables and figures may be included). The abstract should include a summary of the results of the work described. If the work has been done as part of a team, the contribution made by the candidate should be clearly given.
  • Contact details including an e-mail address and contact phone number.
  • A brief curriculum vitae including an indication of the circumstances in which the work to be presented was undertaken.
  • The name and contact details of a sponsor who should be a corporate member of CIWEM or equivalent and would normally be the applicant’s manager or supervisor. The sponsor may be asked to confirm their support for the paper in due course and act as a mentor in helping the candidates prepare for the presentation.

Judging and Prize-giving

A panel will select the papers for presentation and will notify its decision by Monday 12th August 2024 to all those who have submitted abstracts.

The papers selected for presentation should be submitted to Gen Yip at gen.yip@severntrent.co.uk by Friday 20 September 2024 at the latest, they should be about 1500 words, no longer than 2000 words, and may contain graphs and diagrams.

The presentations and written papers will be judged at an evening meeting of CIWEM at the WSP offices at The Mailbox, Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RQ on Monday 30 September 2024 and the prizes presented. Please note that judging will take account of the content and quality of both the written papers and the presentations.

Key Dates

Deadline for notification of interest: Friday 26 July 2024

Deadline for submission of abstract: Friday 2 August 2024

Panel to notify candidates of decision: Monday 12 August 2024

Submission deadline for papers selected for competition: Friday 20 September 2024

Evening event including presentations, judging and prize-giving: Monday 30 September 2024

Become a member

Whether you are studying, actively looking to progress your career, or already extensively experienced, our membership will add value and recognition to your achievements. We can actively help you progress throughout your career.

Become a member

View our events

We organise a wide portfolio of UK and international thought leading events, providing an industry recognised forum for debate, CPD and sector networking. These events also support our policy work and inform key initiatives.

View our events