World Lecture Competition

The Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) has been organised and held annually by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining since 2005.

The competition is an extension of the UK Young Persons' Lecture Competition, and is organised by the Younger Members' Committee. The winner of the UK national Young Persons' Lecture Competition represents the UK at the World Final, which each year is held in a different location around the globe.

In 2017, the final was held in Perth, Australia in October and was sponsored by CBMM and supported by Rolls-Royce.

In 2018, the final will be held in South Africa.

2017 Competition finalists

The following were winners of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition final in their respective countries and took part in the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in Australia in October 2017.

Follow the links to find out more about each of the finalists:

Vidya Chamunderwari Narasimhan, Singapore Winner
Biodegradable scaffold systems for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration with sustained release of multiple bio-molecules

Ilija Rašović, UK  2nd Place
Making the world's most expensive material

Zheng Yu Ng, Malaysia 3rd Place
Graphene-based magnetic hybrids for dye removal

Prabhu Elango, Australia
The impact of drilling fluid composition on the integrity of cuttings

João Guilherme Prado, Brazil
High Strength Steel (HSLA) in a high-performance vehicle suspension bellcrank: Beyond the usual engineering perspective

Arthur Ng, Hong Kong
Sequential Excavation of large span trinocular section of mined tunnel underneath cross harbour tunnel in Hong Kong

Ekaterina Grishchenkova, Russia
Earth surface monitoring: New look at modern equipment

Matthew Mayne, South Africa
How do rocks melt? A question requiring both chemistry and thermodynamics