Safety prize for young researchers Jan 2013
ITA-COSUF News Release
The ITA is calling on young researchers and professionals to enter this year's safety prize.
As part of its bid to attract a new generation of researchers a €500 prize is being offered to the winner, plus the chance to present his/her work to the ITA Committee on Operational Safety and Underground Facilities (ITA-COSUF) during a plenary session of its 4 June workshop at this year's ITA World Tunnel Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. The winner will also be awarded travel and accommodation costs.
The workshop for 2013 will be on the theme: "Complex underground multipurpose facilities: safety challenges and solutions."
Ying Zhen Li won the 2012 ITA-COSUF Prize

Ying Zhen Li won the 2012 ITA-COSUF Prize

"ITA-COSUF aims at a widespread adoption of best practices in the field of safety and security underground," said Didier Lacroix, ITA-COSUF Chairman. "Consequently we need to develop the culture and know-how of practitioners and scientists. We wish to attract the interest of new generations of professionals on safety and security of underground facilities," he added.
Past winners include Ben Nieman (2009), who received the first ITA COSUF Award for his masters thesis at the University of Delft, Netherlands, entitled: "Cracking on the Unheated Side during a Fire in an Immersed Tunnel." The thesis dealt with the ever-present problem of large cracks at the fire-exposed side of tunnel linings, especially relevant for immersed and cut-and-cover tunnels.
The 2010 award was given to Stefan Kratzmeir from Germany for his excellent record on tunnel safety research while working as a scientific manager on R&D applications while acting as project coordinator of the SOLIT2 Research Project. He now works as a managing director at the Institute for Applied Fire Safety Research (IFAB).
Last year (2012) the COSUF Award went to Ying Zhen Li of the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden for his work on fire dynamics in tunnels. A summary of his findings are available in the September 2012 issue of the COSUF Newsletter. His research findings into tunnel sprinkler systems have been published by TunnelTalk.
To qualify for entry applicants need not be ITA-COSUF members, but must be students, young professionals or researchers under the age of 35, who have completed within the last two years research work in theory and/or practice in the area of operational safety or security of underground facilities. The deadline for entries is 28 February, and applications must be made in English using a form available on the COSUF website
COSUF was established in May 2005 following a joint initiative of eight European research projects all aimed at improving tunnel safety. In the last seven years COSUF has gathered among its members some of the most recognised experts, scientists and operators from all corners of the globe.
The Committee scope is safety in the operation and security in tunnels and other underground facilities. ITA-COSUF aims at improving and promoting safety and security underground through networking activities and dissemination of technical culture and new knowledge.
Sprinkler limitations for tunnel fire fighting - TunnelTalk, September 2011

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