26 August 2015

Quarry Life Award 2016: HeidelbergCement launches 3rd edition of the international research competition

For the third time HeidelbergCement initiates the Quarry Life Award, an international scientific and educational competition to find new ideas for the conservation and promotion of biodiversity in quarries. These unique habitats will be opened again for research. Thanks to the Quarry Life Award, young people – students, graduates and scientists – will have the chance add true ecological and educational value to a mining site.

“Our company is committed to promote the exceptional local flora and fauna in its quarries and pits worldwide,” said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, CEO of HeidelbergCement. “We believe that research projects and ideas can raise the knowledge about the biological value of quarrying sites and thereby contribute to further protect and promote biodiversity. That’s why we implement the Quarry Life Award for the 3rd time in a row.”

Project proposals to be submitted by 1 March 2016

The Quarry Life Award will take place in more than 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Asia-Oceania. Students, graduates, scientists and NGOs can participate by submitting a project proposal by 1 March 2016 on the website www.quarrylifeaward.com.

In this third edition, the contestants are required to build a project around one of the following categories:

  • Habitat and species research
  • Biodiversity management
  • Education and raising awareness
  • Beyond quarry borders
  • Student class project

The five best project ideas in each country will be selected to enter the field work phase based on their innovation, feasibility, added value, stakeholder engagement and educational aspects.

Best overall project receives €30,000

From April to September 2016, all selected projects will compete simultaneously at national and international level and will be individually assessed by both national and international juries. The best ideas will be awarded with national prizes of €1,500, € 3,000 and €5,000. At international level prizes of €10,000 will be awarded to the best project in each category and a Grand Prize of €30,000 will be granted to the best overall project. The winning projects will be revealed in autumn 2016.

Further information is available online at: www.quarrylifeaward.com

About HeidelbergCement

HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates and a prominent player in the fields of cement, concrete and other downstream activities, making it one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials. The company employs some 45,000 people at 2,300 locations in more than 40 countries.

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Stefanie Kaufmann

Sustainability Communications Manager
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HeidelbergCement AG
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