Institute launches World Lecture Competition for Young People

The Institute is introducing a new event for young people the World Lecture Competition. The Institute's UK Young Persons' Lecture Competition has grown substantially in the last ten years, and has received sustained support from the 50 local societies across the UK. The quantity and quality of entries, both from industry and academia, has been outstanding, and the event is seen by students and young graduates in the materials, minerals and mining community as a tremendous opportunity to develop their presentation and technical skills.

With a quarter of its 22,000 members residing outside the UK, the Institute has sought a means to involve other non-UK younger members to join in this event. For the last two years, the Institute of Materials (East Asia), a branch of IOM3 based in Singapore, has conducted a local competition under the same rules as the UK event, and the winner from the Singapore event has been invited to compete in the UK final. Such a growth of interest persuaded the Institute that a global competition could be sustained in its own right, and as a result the Younger Members' Committee is organising the inaugural World Young Persons' Lecture Competition this year.

The first IOM3 World Lecture Competition Final will take place at the Institute's London headquarters on 21 June 2005. Finalists from Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, South Africa and the UK will compete for the coveted world title and significant prize. An event of this nature understandably requires a major global sponsor, and Rolls-Royce has agreed in principal to sponsor a significant portion of this event.

Chief Executive of the Institute, Dr Bernie Rickinson, is firmly supporting the competition. OCommunication and presentation skills are vitally important for any career. Building upon the tremendous interest shown by young people for the UK Lecture competition, this new global event positions the Institute as the international focus for young people in our community. I would fully expect to see additional overseas branches taking part in subsequent years.'

The World Lecture Competition final for 2005 will take place in conjunction with the 4th Materials Research Conference, which is being organised by the Younger Members' Committee. This event provides an opportunity for Younger Members to present their research to peers, perfect presentation skills, and network with other younger members of the Institute. For further details, visit

For further enquiries relating to the World Lecture Competition, contact Dr Brett Suddell, e-mail:

Date Posted: 27 April 2005

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