The 2015 National Final of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition was held on Wednesday 22 April at the Armourers' Hall in London, home to the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers', who support the event. The annual event is organised by the Local Affairs Board, with additional support from the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and East Midlands Materials Society.
Each participant was a regional finalist of heats that happened across the UK, with lectures spanning an impressive range of subjects. The 2015 event welcomed more than 60 audience members, keen to hear the UK's top young lecturers take to the plinth and compete to win first place.
Participants gave a 15-minute presentation, followed by questions from the judges. The judges had a tough decision, but after some deliberation decided that Maria Cann from the South East was the worthy winner of the top prize. Maria will take part in the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition final in October, held in Drogheda, Ireland.
See below for the full list of finalists and their lecture titles.
Tanya Patel - Working the Blue Seam: The tanzanite mines of Meralani
North West & North Wales - 3rd place
Mohammed Adeel Shaikh - Accident tolerant fuel cladding for LWR applications
South West & South Wales
Martyn Dranfield - The evolution of niobium micro alloyed hot rolled steel strip in the UK
North East - 2nd place
South East - Winner
The Young Persons' World Lecture Competition