Student Speech Contest 2019 - 'UK Heat'

The Ceramics Society
11 Apr 2019

It was run by The Ceramics Society as the UK heat for the ECerS Conference in Turin, in June 2019. Margaret Wegrzyn was the lead organizer, with support from Luc Vandeperre, Emma Claxton and Stuart Preston. The day was merged as part of the afternoon session of a 1-Day Research meeting on Advanced Ceramics (1-DRAC), organised by Luc Vandeperre.

There were 2 final students brought forward as candidates from UK universities (one pulled out two weeks before the competition!), with the following speech titles: Qiaosong Cai from Imperial College London 'Robocasting of Structural Ceramics with Core-Shell Structure' and Guoyang Ye from University of Birmingham 'Pure KNN piezoelectric ceramics fabricated by two-step sintering for energy harvester'.

Each candidate had 15 minutes to speak, with 5 minutes Q&A.  They were judged on oral presentation (30%), visual presentation (20%), technical understanding (20%), experimental approach (10%), knowledge of the relevance of the project in application and industry (10%) and their ability to tackle the Q&A session at the end (10%).

There were three judges on the day – two from academia and two from industry. Emma Claxton (Head Judge) from Rolls Royce (&Chair, Ceramics Science Committee), David Hall from the Univerisity of Manchester and Margaret Wegrzyn from Zotefoams. 

The two talks were very different, as one was on KNN piezoelectric ceramic processing, and the other on additive manufacturing.  This made the competition difficult to judge, but quite interesting. The candidates were marked during their talks using a set judging matrix. The talks were then discussed between the panel of judges, where the winner was agreed by the majority.

The matrix scores were all added up, and the same candidate scored the highest, and so it was clear that there was one winner from the panel.  It was then agreed unanimously that Guoyang Ye from University of Birmingham was the winner.

The winner was presented with a certificate (provided by IOM3) and free entry to the ECerS conference in Turin in June, as well as representing the UK in the ECerS Student Speech Contest final. The runner-up, Qiaosong Cai, was also presented with a certificate.

Many thanks to all those who helped organise and make the day a success, and good luck to Guoyang in the final!

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