The CAETS Communications Committee has established two annual CAETS Communications Prizes recognising the best short videos from member academies in the following two categories

  • Engineering Success Stories. This category would be based on the work of established technological scientists and engineers who are fellows of the CAETS member academies. The video should outline a problem, applied solution and successful outcome in terms of either economic or public service.
  • High Potential Innovations. This category is open to university/tertiary students or junior scientists/engineers with less than 10 years’ work experience (with allowances for career breaks) since obtaining their last degree. They do not need to be a Fellow of an Academy, but submissions will need to be submitted via one of the member academies.

The duration of these videos should preferably be less than five minutes (but definitely no more than 15 minutes) explaining the societal importance of technological breakthroughs and engineering successes. These videos should aim to inspire students to follow careers in engineering and technological sciences and to educate the general public on the impact that engineering and technological sciences have in their lives and future. Due to being a newly created program, the prize will initially offer the winners ‘bragging rights’ with the view of attracting funding in the future (for example through corporate or government partnerships) to establish monetary rewards for the winner/s.
For more information send e mail to or go to The closing date for South African entries is 31 May 2021.