Competitions: Environment Agency, European Space Agency, KPMG

Put your skills to the test with one of these challenges:

Environment Agency – Flash Flooding Challenge

European Space Agency – Drop your thesis! microgravity experiments

KPMG – International Case Competition

Environment Agency – Flash Flooding Challenge
Students and researchers: could you help protect communities at risk of flash flooding?

The Environment Agency, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), is proud to announce the University Flash Flooding Challenge.

This is an opportunity for students and post-doctoral researchers across the north to develop valuable skills and experience in writing and presenting project ideas. In addition they will get exposure across the industry.

Finalists will present their ideas to representatives of the Environment Agency, CIWEM, and other members of the industry. This will give them an opportunity to attract interest, support and potentially funding for their ideas. Winners will also receive a financial prize.

The competition is divided into three categories: undergraduate, post graduate and post-doctoral researchers with finalists from each category invited to attend a conference / prize day on 19 March 2014 in Leeds. Submissions should be made no later than 23:59 on 14 February 2014.

For more information on Flash Flooding Challenge, including submission guidelines please visit our website or contact

European Space Agency – Microgravity experiment – Drop your Thesis! Competition

The European Space Agency is proud to announce a new edition of the Drop Your Thesis! programme. Through this programme, a team of university students will be given the opportunity to carry out a microgravity experiment, at the ZARM Drop Tower Facility in Bremen, Germany.

ZARM is one of the most sophisticated research centres of its kind in Europe and boasts a 146 m high tower that provides experiments with up to 9.3 seconds of microgravity.

The submission deadline for experiment proposals is January 19, 2014. The selected team will perform its experiment during ESA’s sixth Drop your Thesis! campaign, to be held in autumn 2014.

The details of this programme, including instructions on how to apply, can be found on the ESA Education Office Website at For any further information, e-mail

KPMG International Case Competition 2014

For students with
• An interest in business
• Strong leadership and task management skills
• Composure under pressure
• The ability to absorb a range of information quickly, think through ideas and present solutions

The KPMG International Case Competition gives you and three teammates the chance to work on tough business problems. For each business problem you are presented with, you will be given three hours to solve a challenge that mirrors the sort of work our teams do here at KPMG. It’ll be a test of your ability to work with real problems and come up with interesting solutions. It’s also a unique platform to showcase agile thinking and prove that you’re ready to embark on a successful career. If you get to the top of your national case competition, you’ll find yourself on your way to São Paulo, Brazil, on an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Final, 1 – 4 April 2014.

Closing date: 23:59, Sunday 15th December 2013 For more information, and to enter a team, see