Events Awards

Institute Awards 

The Institute presents the following five events awards:
The Jim Cottier Travel Scholarship

Award criteria

Purpose: The Institute recognises that attendance at international conferences, with the opportunity to meet a wide range of other workers active in NDT/CM/SHM, can be a very worthwhile and rewarding experience. Whilst many organisations are very supportive in professional development of their staff, it is not always possible for Institute members to demonstrate to their employers that the benefits of international visits justify the costs involved. This is particularly true of students and young professionals, but these are often the very people who would benefit most from such an opportunity.

Details of the award: The award will consist of a contribution towards travel, subsistence and conference fees. The amount will be typically up to £1000 but will be dependent on the particular circumstances (conference location and duration, etc).

Eligibility: Applicants should be full voting members of BINDT, who are either students or are within the first five years of employment. 

The proposer of the award should be a voting member of the Institute. If they are not, they will need to ensure the application is endorsed by an Institute voting member.

Frequency: The award will be made annually for attendance at an international conference or a coherent travel proposal, such as visiting an overseas research centre or industrial site, which is judged to benefit the professional development of the recipient.

The recipient would be asked to provide a feedback report to the Institute, indicating benefits or problems, to help ensure that future awards meet their objectives.

The prize will be awarded annually and will only be issued if suitable nominations are received.

Nomination arrangements: The application should demonstrate that the award will help in the continuing professional development of the applicant and be supported by a referee who would normally be their tutor or manager.

Awarding arrangements: The certificate will be presented at the Annual Conference Dinner and will be awarded by one of the Presidents.

Committee: Council is responsible for nominations and a judging panel will consist of five members, normally the Chair (or other representative) from MQ&E, CMC, NDTTC, CMTC and the Trade & Industry Committee.


Past winners

The Jim Cottier Travel Scholarship was not awarded in 2021.

Past recipients of the scholarship:
2002    G J Belben
2005    Dr V Vassou and B Lanyon
2007    M Hutchinson
2017    P R Dheeraj
2018    J Mair
2019    N Shipway
2020    No Award



The William Gardner Award

Award criteria

Purpose: For the best paper published in the Proceedings of the NDT Annual Conference by a person in the early stages of their career (subject to a satisfactory oral presentation). The person concerned (or one of them, if there is more than one author who qualifies) must also present the paper in person at the conference and, at the discretion of the session chair, answer any questions from the audience.

Details of the award: A certificate and a cash sum of £250. Also, free membership of the Institute at an appropriate grade for one year.  

Eligibility: The author of the paper must either be a student or within the first five years of full-time employment. He/she need not be a member of the Institute. In the case of multiple authorship, the early career-stage criterion must be satisfied by the first or second named author. If other authors also satisfy the criterion, the cash award is shared between all those authors satisfying the criterion, with each receiving a certificate. The free membership for one year is for the presenting author only. 

The proposal regarding the first or second named author aims to ensure that the person being presented with the award has made a substantial contribution to the paper. Otherwise, there is a risk that the award could go, for example, to a multi-author paper having just one early career-stage author who only played a minor role in the work being reported.

Frequency: Yearly, if a suitable candidate is deemed.

Nomination arrangements: The author of an abstract and full paper for the event can indicate they wish to be considered when submitting online.

Four members of the panel are to be appointed by the NDT Technical Committee (NDTTC). Each judge will be invited to score the entries on a point scale of 0 to 3 and send the scores to Karen Cambridge, who will total the scores, and the entry receiving the most points will be declared the winner, subject to a satisfactory oral presentation.

Entries: Entries should be submitted by selecting the BPA option on Manuscript Central.

Awarding arrangements: The award will be made mainly on the basis of the quality of the written paper, rather than on the quality of the oral presentation. This will allow the judging process to be completed before the conference. However, a check will be made to ensure that the quality of the oral presentation of the proposed winner is acceptable. Furthermore, candidates should demonstrate by the way they present the paper and answer any questions that they have made a substantial technical contribution to the paper.


Publicity:
 The award will be fully reported in Institute publications.

Presentation: The prize will normally be presented at the end of the NDT Annual Conference, though another appropriate Institute event may be chosen if necessary.

Committee: NDT Technical Committee.


Past winners

The William Gardner Award was not awarded in 2021.

Past winners:
2002    Dr C Holmes
2003    Dr D Kleiner
2004    Dr C Holmes
2005    I Pettigrew
2006    D Caravaca
2008    A Sorsa
2009    C J Lane
2010    C Charlesworth
2011    Dr A Chertov
2012    Dr L Bai and E Escobar-Ruiz
2013    M Felice
2014    A McGilip
2015    J Rose
2016    F A Biruu, E Balaban, E Ahmad and M Missous
2017    D Zhang, K Burnham, L Mcdonald, C Macleod, G Dobie, R Summan and G Pierce
2018    Don Pieris
2019    J M Watson, C W Liang, J Sexton and M Missous
2020    No Award



The BINDT Annual Conference Paper Award

Award criteria

Purpose: For the best paper published in the Proceedings of the Institute’s NDT Annual Conference by any author or team of authors. One of the named authors must present the paper in person at the conference.  
 
Eligibility: There are no restrictions on the eligibility of the author or authors of the paper. They need not be members of the Institute.

Details of the award: A £50 voucher to be presented at the end of the NDT Annual Conference.  

Frequency: Every year at the NDT Annual Conference.

Nomination arrangements: All papers submitted by a specified deadline (not later than that for inclusion in the conference Proceedings) and satisfying the above eligibility criteria will be considered.  
 
The judging panel will consist of a small group of four NDT Technical Committee members appointed by the committee. The criteria used by this panel will be similar to those currently used for the John Grimwade Medal and the Young Authors’ Award, ie the contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge, originality, style and quality, and industrial or commercial importance.
 
Awarding arrangements: The award will be made at the closing ceremony of the NDT Annual Conference by the Chair of the NDT Technical Committee.

Committee: NDT Technical Committee.


Past winners

The BINDT Annual Conference Paper Award was not awarded in 2021.


Past winners:

2002    Dr K J Kirk
2003    Dr S F Burch
2004    Dr J Tyrer
2005    D I A Lines 
2006    S F Burch, N J Collett, S Terpstra and M V Hoekstra
2007    L J Nelson, K Brown, A Young, L D Jones and R A Smith
2008    S Terpstra and F Hoeve
2009    Prof B Drinkwater and A Bowler
2010    C Charlesworth
2011    M Alamin, G Y Tian, A Andrews and P Jackson
2012    Dr D Lipatis, D Yan and I Cooper
2013    X Xi and F Cegla
2014    Prof R A Smith, N Xie, L J Nelson and S R Hallett
2015    T Stratoudaki, M Clark and P Wilcox
2016    S F Burch and H R Peramatzis
2017    N Karimian, M O’Toole and A Peyton
2018    T Stratoudaki, Y Javadi, W Kerr, P D Wilcox, D Pieris and M Clark
2019    D Lines, Y Javadi, E Mohseni, M Vasilev, C MacLeod, R Vithanage, Z Qiu, R Zimermann, C Loukas, E Foster,
            G Pierce and A Gachagan
2020    No Award


 

The Len Gelman Award

Award criteria

Purpose: The award is for the best paper published in the Proceedings of the CM Annual Conference by a person in the early stages of his/her career or within the first five years of full-time employment (subject to a satisfactory oral presentation). The person concerned (or one of them, if there is more than one author who qualifies) must also present the paper in person at the Conference and, at the discretion of the session chair and answer any questions from the audience.

Details of the award: The award will be in the form of a certificate backed by a cash sum of £250. In addition, free membership of the Institute at an appropriate grade will be given to the winner for one year.

Eligibility: The author of the paper must either be a student or within the first five years of full-time employment. He/she need not be a member of the Institute. In the case of multiple authorship, the early career-stage criterion must be satisfied by the first or second named author. If other authors also satisfy the criterion, the cash award is to be shared between all those authors satisfying the criterion, with each receiving a certificate. The free membership for one year is for the presenting author only.

Frequency: It is anticipated the award will be made annually.

Nomination arrangements: The author of an abstract and full paper for the event can indicate they wish to be considered when submitting online.

Four members of the panel are to be appointed by the Condition Monitoring Technical Committee (CMTC). Each judge will be invited to score the entries on a point scale of 0 to 3 and send the scores to Karen Cambridge, who will total the scores, and the entry receiving the most points will be declared the winner, subject to a satisfactory oral presentation. 

Awarding arrangements: The award will be presented annually at the CM Annual Conference

Closing Ceremony.
 
Committee: CM Technical Committee.


Past winners

2021 winners: G Iarriccio and O Kennedy Aimiyekagbon

Joint winners of the Len Gelman Award for 2021 are G Iarriccio from Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, and
O Kennedy Aimiyekagbon from Paderborn University, Germany.

Past winners:
2008    D Clifton
2009    P McGetrick
2010    S L Chen
2011    Dr R Jones
2012    M Palo
2013    O Cardona-Morales
2014    G Cablea
2015    G Song
2016    M A A Ismail / S Kolbe
2017    Mr V Jantara Junior
2018    Yuandong Xu, Fengshou Gu, Andrew D Ball and Jingzhou Fei
2019    K Kalista, J Liska, J Jakl and V Vasicek
2020    No Award





The Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award

Award information


Purpose: The Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award aims to encourage attendance at the BINDT Annual Conferences by contributors from foreign nations.

Details of award:
A contribution towards travel, subsistence and conference fees, typically up to £750 with free full-time registration (depending on individual circumstances). The award will be paid after the conference on the presentation of suitable receipts directly to the Conferences & Events Department.

Eligibility: Individuals from the profession of NDT/CM/SHM who wish to attend the Annual Conference but are unable to do so due to financial constraints. Applicants can be at an early career stage or experienced contributors.


Nomination arrangements:
Form to be completed by applicant on acceptance of
paper to be presented at the NDT or CM Annual Conference.


Past winners

CM 2021 winner: The Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award was not awarded in 2021.

NDT 2021 winner: The Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award was not awarded in 2021.

Further information on the Annual Conference Travel and Attendance Award and the full terms and conditions can be found here.



Details of all Institute awards can be found here.