The Foundation for Stone-Earth-Mining and Environment awards its prize on an annual basis, which recognizes scientific work and outstanding achievements in the fields of rock-earth mining and environmental protection. 16 entries from nine federal states and a contribution from Austria were received by the foundation during the last competition. This year, the nine-member jury awarded three submissions for a total of 7,000 euros in prize money.
The purpose of the call for tenders is to promote scientific work, as well as to recognize achievements and merits in the areas of economically and environmentally sustainable supply of stone and earth resources and the preservation of sustainable development opportunities. For this purpose, the foundation awards corresponding promotion prizes every two years. The papers to be submitted should deal with ecological, economic and technical issues, in particular with questions dealing with environmentally sound and economical supply of raw materials, energy efficiency, the protection of natural resources and the provision of raw materials, the design and restoration of areas affected by mining, with special regard to biodiversity, and regional planning. The work should contribute to the promotion of these concerns and may also address sub-issues.
The next competition will start in the spring of 2020. The prize winners were honored together with the Foundation Board member Thomas Steglich, and Advisory Board Member and Secretary of State Stefan Brangs (Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport) at the international conference "Innovations for a responsible mining of raw materials in opencast mining" in Freiberg/Saxony.
Only three young scientists are selected from hundreds of applicants.
There are no costs involved with the application for this prize.
Applicants for this prize must submit work that skillfully deals with ecological, economic and technical issues, in particular with questions that address an environmentally sound and economical supply of raw materials, the material and energy efficiency, the protection of natural resources and the provision of raw materials, the design and restoration of areas affected by mining, with special regard to biodiversity, and regional planning.
The work submitted for this competition involves several years worth of conducted research.
Permitted are monographs, written works in any form, and doctoral theses as well as masters, bachelors, diplomas, study and semester papers. In addition, work from the field is admitted, which makes an innovative contribution to the objectives mentioned in the section "Objectives". Both individual and collective work can be submitted.
The work must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae or a brief description of the institution to be submitted, a brief description of the content of the work and any existing expert reports. The works themselves are threefold, all further documents sixfold and digital (doc; pdf; xls; or similar) to submit.