Young Persons' Lecture Competition

Sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, with support from The Armourers and Brasiers' Company, the Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subject.

Candidates compete in a series of heats organised by local affiliated societies of the Institute, from which six regional candidates are selected to compete in the national final. The YPLC is organised by the Institute's Local Affairs Committee.

Young Persons’ Lecture Competition 2020

The 2020 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) final was held on Wednesday 23 September online. Competitors were 28 or under on 1 June 2020 and gave a lecture of 15 minutes on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science and engineering.

The final was sponsored by The Armourers & Brasiers' Company, the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers (MIME) and the East Midlands Materials Society (EMMS).


WINNER Midlands - Morgan Lowther
Head, shoulders, knees and microbes: 3D printing better implants

2nd Place North West & North Wales - Tamas Zagyva
Hip implant materials: Novel bioactive coatings for silicon nitride ceramic hip replacements

3rd place Scotland - Shima Ghanaatian
Can we securely store CO2 in geological formations to address the global warming challenge?

Parsons Conference - Minal Patel
Micro-mechanical testing of aged thermal barrier coatings

South West & South Wales - Freddie Russell-Pavier
Nano- to millimetre scale material characterisation with DVD player components

South East - Jack Aspinall
The advent of the electric car

North East - Alex Starling
Self-cleaning glass, benchmarking and analysis

For further information, contact Efi Fragkou.

YPLC Rules & Judging and Entry Form

The following judging criteria and penalties are the same for the Local, Regional and National competitions:

  1. Abstract - 10 marks
  2. Structure of lecture - 25 marks
  3. Standard of presentation - 25 marks
  4. Visual aids and physical examples - 10 marks
  5. Technical content - 15 marks
  6. Handling questions - 15 marks
  7. Lecture time -
    Over 17/19 mins: -5/-10 marks
    Under 13/12 minutes: -5/-10 marks

Download Judging Criteria & Penalties

Download 2020 YPLC Entry Form