Student Challenge


Goal. The Student Challenge encourages university students with an interest in competition to bring their views to meet the next generation mobility needs. 

Eligibility. The Student Challenge is open to all university students (under 28 years old) without geographical or other restrictions. Eligible entrants may attend undergraduate, graduate, or post- graduate programs in engineering/architecture/design. Entrants can be either individuals or in a group of maximum 3. 

Entries. Entrants should submit a 15-lines description (text font: Times New Roman, text size: 11pt.) of new Concepts regarding a future urban road (projected in year 2050), including maximum one figure (A3 format), considering one or more Symposium’s main themes: 

  • Next generation mobility (e.g., light, electrical, autonomous): new needs, existing and innovative pavements,
  • Pavement performances, monitoring, and management,
  • Safety and risk issues,
  • Minimizing road impacts (e.g., noise, vibration, pollution, fuel consumption, etc.),
  • Sustainability issues in terms of materials and design,
  • Pavements for vulnerable road users (e.g., pedestrian, cyclist areas),
  • Weather conditions impact (e.g., global warming, change in precipitation patterns, etc.),
  • Pavements surface of bridges, tunnels, and viaducts (e.g., fire related issues for tunnels), 

Entrants could address, as an example, the following questions:

  1. How would the next generation mobility affect the selected theme(s)?
  2. What would be the new challenges raised by the next generation mobility regarding the selected theme(s)?
  3. What would be the effective solutions to face with those challenges? 

Specifications. Entries must be submitted in PDF format as an attachment to an email message to Messages must originate from email addresses that can be used to contact entrants individually. The attachment must include: 

  • Full name of each group member;
  • University and study program entrant(s) is(are) enrolled in;
  • Symposium theme(s) of choice;
  • 15-lines description (including maximum one figure in A3 format) in reply to the questions. 

Incomplete entries will be discarded. Entries exceeding the aforementioned length limit will be discarded. Entrants may not submit more than one Concept. Entrants may not submit the work of other individuals. Each Concept must have been written specifically for this Student Challenge.

Deadline. Entries must be received by August 29, 2022 (all time references in these Rules are Central European Time).

Evaluation. A jury of SURF will select the best Concept according to the originality, novelty, and feasibility of the proposed solutions.

Prize. The winning entry (or group) will be awarded the “SURF2022-Student Challenge Winner Certificate” along with 500€ reward, during the closing ceremony of the Symposium (14th of September 2022).