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Terms and conditions for ‘transport security in 2030’ competition

  1. This competition is organised by The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge (known simply as 'The Royal Society') of 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under number 207043.

    How to enter
  2. The opening date for entries is 10:00 on 4 August 2017. The closing date of the prize draw is 23:59 on 06 October 2017. Entries received after this time will not be accepted.
  3. All entries must be submitted through the Royal Society grants system which can be found at 
  4. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary
  5. The Royal Society will not accept:
    (a) responsibility for entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind; or
    (b) proof of posting or transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the competition.
  6. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.  A copy of these terms and conditions is available on our website:  If you have any questions, please contact with ‘transport security in 2030’ as the subject line. 
  7. The Royal Society reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.

  8. The competition is open to all UK based researchers at a UK university, holding at least a doctoral degree, 18 years or over. This includes but is not limited to Fellows of the Society and other national academies, Society funded researchers and those funded by other academies, researchers associated with a UK academic institution, and those holding post-doctoral positions. Employees of the Royal Society, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw are not eligible. Proof of age may be required. 
  9. An individual may enter as many times as they wish but only one prize shall be awarded for a single entry. 
  10. In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Royal Society may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.
  11. The Royal Society reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the competition.

    The Competition 
  12. The competition entries will be judged in the first instance by the Royal Society and the Department for Transport. A shortlist will then be provided for final judging by a panel of high-level judges. A high level judging panel will be announced at least one week prior to the closing date on the competition website All judging will be done anonymously and will be judged on the following criteria:
    - Innovative thinking
    - Potential for operational impact
    - Insight to the brief
    - Dual Use
    - Potential of impact on passenger experience.
  13. The winner will receive a week at Singularity University including travel, accommodation and an expenses stipend. There will be only one prize awarded to one individual. If an entry is made as a team, only one person from that team will be awarded the prize and that person shall be named at the point of submission. In the case of extenuating circumstances this name can be later altered only with agreement of the Royal Society and Department for Transport.  
  14. The winner will be notified by email or telephone (using details provided at entry) within 7 days of being chosen and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to the Royal Society within 14 days of being notified, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Royal Society will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
  15. The prize will be arranged between the winner, the Society and Singularity University. 
  16. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. The Royal Society reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Royal Society's control makes it necessary to do so.
  17. The decision of the Royal Society regarding any aspect of the competition/prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
  18. The winner's name will be published on our website and announced at a reception to be held for entrants. 
  19. The Royal Society reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.

    Limitation of liability 
  20. Insofar as is permitted by law, the Royal Society, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Royal Society, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

    Ownership of competition entries 
  21. Competition entries cannot be returned.
  22. Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights. You agree to indemnify the Royal Society against any claim from any third party for any breach of this clause.
  23. Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting your competition entry and any accompanying material (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio), you agree that the Royal Society and/or the Department for Transport may, but is not required to, make your entry available on its website and any other media in connection with any publicity of the competition or otherwise. You agree to grant the Royal Society and the Department for Transport a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence, for the full period of any intellectual property rights in the competition entry and any accompanying materials, to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, edit, alter, store, re-format and sub-licence the competition entry and any accompanying materials for any legitimate purposes, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising, fundraising and presentations.
  24. By submitting an entry, you agree to waive any moral rights contained in your entry.
  25. The parties shall, as appropriate, seek to ensure all such Intellectual Property is appropriately managed. If, within 3 years of completion of the work, the owner of the IP and the Department for Transport agree it would be of benefit to do so, the owner of the IP shall assign a royalty free and without limit licence to use, develop and otherwise exploit the IP.
  26. For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image to be used and, in the case of vulnerable adults or persons under 18 years of age, you warrant that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

    Data protection and publicity
  27. The Royal Society is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and will only use your personal information in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and the Royal Society's Privacy Policy which is available on our website: 
  28. By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with your entry may be held and used by the Royal Society or its agents and suppliers to administer the competition. 
  29. Winners may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media.  You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose.

    Governing law
  30. The competition will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
  31. The Royal Society reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on the website 
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