For the third time HeidelbergCement initiates the Quarry Life Award, an international scientific and educational competition to find new ideas for the conservation and promotion of biodiversity in quarries. These unique habitats will be opened again for research. Thanks to the Quarry Life Award, young people – students, graduates and researchers – will have the chance add true ecological and educational value to a mining site.

“Our company is committed to promote the exceptional local flora and fauna in its quarries and pits worldwide,” said Dr. Bernd Scheifele, CEO of HeidelbergCement. “We believe that research projects and ideas can raise the knowledge about the biological value of quarrying sites and thereby contribute to further protect and promote biodiversity. That’s why we implement the Quarry Life Award for the 3rd time in a row.”

The Quarry Life Award will take place in more than 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Asia-Oceania. Students and scientists as well as NGOs can participate by submitting a project proposal by 1 March 2016 on the website

In this third edition, the contestants are required to build a project around one of the following categories:

  • Habitat and species research
  • Biodiversity management
  • Education and raising awareness
  • Beyond quarry borders
  • Student class project

The five best project ideas in each country will be selected to enter the field work phase based on their innovation, feasibility, added value, stakeholder engagement and educational aspects.

From April to September 2016, all selected projects will compete simultaneously at national and international level and will be individually assessed by both national and international juries. The best ideas will be awarded with national prizes of EUR 1,500, EUR 3,000 and EUR 5,000. At international level prizes of EUR 10,000 will be awarded to the best project in each category and a Grand Prize of EUR 30,000 will be granted to the best overall project. The winning projects will be revealed in the fall 2016.

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About HeidelbergCement
HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates and a prominent player in the fields of cement, concrete and other downstream activities, making it one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials. The company employs some 45,000 people at 2,300 locations in more than 40 countries.

Heidelberg, 23 July 2015