Tom Brazil Award


As part of the GAAS Association Tom Brazil Award, we would like to announce the following essay competition which will be open to students pursuing a research degree in RF/Microwave/mmWave electronics. The first prize will be €1500 with a runner-up prize of €750.

The main topic of the essay will be “Role of Microwaves in Contributing to the Realisation of a more Sustainable World”.

We are looking for a summary of the roles so far of RF/Microwaves/mmWave in telecommunications and other fields as follows:

  • contribution to remote working (especially during the COVID pandemic) and reducing travel/commuting
  • enabling developing countries to build sustainable agricultural and other industries that require good communications infrastructure
  • use of THz for forecasting catastrophic weather events has also been an important and ongoing development

Microwave activity can help in reducing carbon footprint: for example high-efficiency power amplifiers and other components for base station applications, high-efficiency antenna beam steering architectures, and use of THz for early warning of catastrophic weather/natural events.

We are looking for creative and original ideas and suggestions on how future microwave-related research work can be best directed in fulfilling our contribution in reducing climate change and mitigating the effects that we already have to manage.

The student should write a 4000 words essay or maximum of 12 pages including diagrams and tables, on the role of microwaves so far in reducing the carbon footprint and what kind of future activities will be important and why. In particular, what aspects of student’s research work would be applicable.

The deadline for the Tom Brazil Award is 18th January 2022 and the essays must be sent to the EuMW 2021 Grants Chair by emailing

The shortlist of 4 selected essays will be announced at the end of the Tom Brazil Doctoral school on 14th February and these finalists will be asked to do a final pitch on Tuesday 15th February in the EuMW. The winner and runner-up will be announced during the awards session at the EuMiC closing event on 15th February afternoon.



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The European Microwave Association (EuMA) is an international non-profit association with a scientific, educational and technical purpose. The aim of the Association is to develop in an interdisciplinary way, education, training and research activities. [more]

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