The Ernst-Achilles-Award 2021

What is the Ernst-Achilles-Award 2021

The Ernst-Achilles-Award 2021 recognizes final theses (Master & Bachelor) or dissertations, theses that deal with outstanding innovations in the field of fire protection. The aim is to promote and recognize innovative performance in the sector and to inspire young talents for fire protection. In addition to the quality of the work, relevance and the benefit for potential users are criteria for evaluating the work.

The following prize money will be awarded:

1st place: 5.000 EUR
2nd place: 2.000 EUR
3rd place: 1.000 EUR

The general submission criterias are:

  • Graded theses (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • Language: German or English
  • Grading must be done in 2020 or 2021
  • The topic dealt with must be related to fire protection in the broadest sense or be applicable to it and also be innovative.
  • Only works submitted until September 15th, 2021 will be considered.

Submissions are made using the online form on this website. The following documents must be submitted for full participation:

  • Scientific work in pdf format
  • Brief description of the work (max. 2 A4 pages)
  • CV
  • Proof of grading
  • evtl. granted patents

Further informations: see conditions of participation
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By submitting your documents, you agree to the conditions of participation.

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Who was Ernst Achilles?

Ernst Achilles is considered a pioneer in preventive fire protection and a pioneer in medical emergency rescue by the fire brigade. As head of the Frankfurt fire brigade and university lecturer for many years, he has significantly shaped German fire protection to this day with new ideas and solutions and is thus a representative of the spirit of further developing fire protection in Germany. Further information: Ernst Achilles Wikipedia

Our Jury

The following top-class jury will evaluate your work

  • Frank Bieber
    Head of Product Management TP, Deputy Head of the Technical Test Center, VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH
  • Prof. Roland Goertz
    Head of d. Chair for Chemical Safety and Fire Protection, University of Wuppertal
  • Dr. Andreas Rogge
    Head of Building Safety, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
  • Rajko Rothe
    Managing Director, Engineers for Applied Fire Protection Research – IFAB GmbH
  • Dirk K. Sprakel
    Chairman of the Management Board, FOGTEC Brandschutz GmbH
  • Corinna Trettin
    Fire protection expert, TÜV Süd Rail GmbH


  • April - September

    Submission phase

  • September-October

    Evaluation phase by the jury

  • 26. November 2021

    Award ceremony in Cologne

    (if possible, due to corona pandemic)