Young Persons' Lecture Competition

Sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, with support from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, 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 Board.


Young Persons' Lecture Competition 2017

The 2017 Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC) UK final will be held at the Armourers' Hall on Wednesday 26 April. To enter the Competition, visit the local heats page. 


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 Entry Form


Young Persons’ Lecture Competition 2016

The 2016 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) final was held on Wednesday 20 April at the Armourers’ Hall, London. Competitors were 28 or under on 1 June 2016 and gave a lecture of 15 minutes on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science and engineering.

This year's final was sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and the East Midlands Materials Society.

News item on the 2016 YPLC UK final


Hollie Rosier - High Temperature Corrosion-fatigue in Nickel-based Superalloys

James Mansfield - The Suitability of Apatite as A Radioactive Waste Store

Ryan Marks - Using Virtual Techniques to Locate Fatigue Cracks in Aerospace Structures 2nd Place

Giacomo Bertali - High Temperature Oxidation and Stress Corrosion Cracking Susceptibility of Alloy 600

Harriett Parnell - Shedding Light on Cancer: GeSbSe Glass Fibres for the Mid-infrared Optical Biopsy 3rd Place

Colleen Mann - In the Bin for 100,000 Years: An Intergenerational Burden WINNER

James Dolan - The Dielectric Light Orchestra


For further information, contact Efi Fragkou.