At the close of entries, 1st March at 9am CET, over 450 candidates from 22 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania had submitted a project proposal focusing on biodiversity enhancement at the quarries of HeidelbergCement. With this much enthusiasm, we are sure that the 2016 edition will be the most exciting yet.

The third edition of the Quarry Life Award has again raised strong interest from students and researchers. Over 450 interested candidates submitted a project proposal. These ideas are now being assessed by the 88 national jury members who will select the projects that will continue on to the next stage of the competition.

Over the next weeks, the national juries, made up of representatives from national authorities, universities, NGO’s, and HeidelbergCement General Managers, will read through all the proposals submitted in each country. Their task is to select the five projects in each national contest that will continue to the research period. All candidates will be informed of the result of their proposal, and the selected projects will be announced on the QLA website.

In April, the real work begins: all selected projects will start their fieldwork. This research period will continue until the end of September. Once contestants begin their work, they will post the progress of the projects via their individual blogs on the QLA website and via our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

The National winners will be announced in November, but you will have to wait until December to discover which projects will receive the International awards – these will be selected by our International Jury who will assess all the projects during the research period, to find those deserving of international recognition.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a proposal and has promoted this contest. With your continued support and enthusiasm, the biggest winner will always be nature!