As we enter into 2014, I would like to reflect on what has been a busy year for the Younger Members' Committee (YMC) and an enjoyable first year for me as Chair.
On a chilly afternoon in April, around 30 keen individuals from all over the UK, braved the hailstones and took part in Matopoly, a materials-themed treasure hunt around London that ended in a warm pub with food and drink. After a competitive race, the Team from Manchester came in first, winning by only a few points. Those who came along had a great opportunity to visit the sights of London and to meet people from various materials, minerals and mining backgrounds.
This year again saw a very high standard of entrants into the various IOM3 young persons' competitions. Congratulations go to Sarah Haig for winning the Silver Medal in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of materials science and engineering, Thomas Casselden for winning the materials category of the Science Engineering and Technology (SET) award in what was an exceptional field, Luke Hanna for winning the Royal Charter prize, Jevgenijs Kitajevs and Anna Ploszajski for winning the A T Green and R H Craven awards respectively, and to Aaron James Percival who won the BPI-sponsored Award at the 2013 Starpack Awards. Congratulations also to Steven Clark and Richard Nainby, who were awarded prizes for Technician of the Year.
The Young Persons' World Lecture Competition final was held this year in Hong Kong, with first place going to Cornelis van Niekerk from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the UK national winner Adam Brown taking third prize.
Finally, to end the year on a high, the YMC's third Research & Innovation Conference was held in December with more than 50 delegates attending from both the UK and abroad. The morning conference provided a great opportunity for researchers in the early stages of their careers to hone their presentation skills, and the afternoon seminars on topics such as building your career roadmap, writing and publishing a scientific paper, and creating a start-up company were very well received.
I'll finish by thanking all of you who came along to a YMC event in 2013 and to the rest of the Committee for their hard work in organising them.
I hope to see you at one of the 2014 events.