Countdown on for New SUT Underwater Robotics Award Nominations

With less than three weeks before the deadline for nominations for the new Gwyn Griffiths Underwater Robotics Award announced at The Society for Underwater Technology’s (SUT’s) AGM the countdown is on in earnest. Closing date for nominations is 14 February 2021.

Cheryl Burgess, the SUT’S Chief Executive explained:

“The SUT’s International Panel on Underwater Robotics announced the creation of the Gwyn Griffiths Underwater Robotics Award (GGURA) at our AGM in mid-December. We are eager to have nominations from around the globe.

“The award will recognise people in the early to mid-stages of their career (and under 40 years old) who have made outstanding contributions to their field in underwater robotics. The range is wide, for the award may be for industry/commercial, research and/or creative activity in underwater robotics. The winner will receive £500, a certificate an engraved award and recognition throughout the SUT’s global membership.”

Nominations or applications for a GGURA must consist of the following documents.

  • A letter of nomination or application that describes how the candidate meets the criteria.
  • The letter should be no more than 2-pages in length. Supporter(s) of the nomination/ application may add their signature to this letter or supply an email that indicates their support for the candidate.
  • A 100-word citation or appraisal of the candidate’s research describing their contributions in a way easily understandable to those outside the discipline.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • All applications/nominations to be received by [email protected] by 14 February 2021.

Announcing the Award, Neil Bose, Chair of the SUT Panel on Underwater Robotics said:

“Members of the Panel on Underwater Robotics were excited by Professor Gwyn Griffiths’ generosity in supporting this award and were especially enthusiastic that it should be an early to mid-career award to encourage the up-and-coming generation of underwater robotics workers in their careers.”

With Gwyn Griffiths MBE, a Past President of the SUT adding:

“As a vibrant, forward-looking learned Society the SUT is at the forefront of encouraging and facilitating international cooperation in Underwater Robotics. From my own career I know that peer-recognition of achievements through an international Award can make a substantial and lasting difference. These have been times for reflection, and by enabling this new Underwater Robotics Award I am delighted to support the innovators of today and tomorrow.”

Further information is at

All applications/nominations to be received by 14 February 2021.

To submit a nomination or an application contact [email protected].