The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.
The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the UK member of the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM). As such, the BGA would like to make members aware of the following awards of the ISRM. Please contact the BGA should you wish to seek nomination for these awards.
The Rocha Medal is intended to stimulate young researchers in the field of rock mechanics. The prize, a bronze medal and a cash prize, have been annually awarded since 1982 for an outstanding doctoral thesis selected by a Committee appointed for the purpose. To be considered for the award the candidate must be nominated within two years of the date of the official doctorate degree certification. Nominations shall be made by the nominee, or by the nominee’s National Group (the BGA), or by some other person or organization acquainted with the nominee’s work. Invitations are now being extended to the whole Rock Mechanics community, for nominations for the Rocha Medal Award in 2024, closing date is 31 December 2022. Use this link to find out more about the Rocha Award.
The John Hudson Rock Engineering Award is awarded on a biennial basis, in recognition of one or more of the following achievements in engineering practice:
The next award will be in 2023. Use this link to find out more about the John Hudson Rock Engineering Award.
The award is made once every four years in recognition of distinguished contributions to the profession of rock mechanics and rock engineering. The award consists of a special Müller Lecture to be delivered at the ISRM International Congresses, a work of art typical of the culture of the country hosting the Congress and a silver medallion with a portrait of Leopold Müller. Candidates for the award shall be nominated by the National Groups (the BGA) of the ISRM, with the award being given in 2023. Use this link to find out more about the Müller Award.
These are two separate awards given in recognition of outstanding contributions to science and technology in the field of rock mechanics and rock engineering. The next Science Award is offered in 2022 and the next Technology Award is for 2023. The Science Award is awarded to up to two ISRM individual members in recognition of making an important advancement of knowledge and/or proposing and confirming a new theory to explain certain phenomena to the progress of the science of rock mechanics. The ISRM Technological Award is awarded to up two ISRM corporate members in recognition of one or more of the following contributions to the progress of applied rock mechanics and rock engineering:
Use this link to find out more about the Science and Technology Achievement Awards.
The annual Young Rock Engineer Award is awarded to an individual who in recognition of one or more of the following achievements in rock engineering practice:
Nominations for the award shall be by the nominee's National Group (the BGA), or by some other person or organization acquainted with the nominee's work. Self-nominations are not accepted. Use this link to find out more about the Young Rock Engineer Award.