The Younger Members Committee organised the first Young Persons' World Lecture Competition, the final heat of which took place at the Institute's headquarters at Carlton House Terrace on Tuesday 21 June 2005. The competition was supported by Rolls-Royce plc.
Five young materials and minerals scientists and engineers from around the globe came together to compete for the coveted title and trophy. The finalists included young people from as far afield as Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and the USA as well as the UK.
The 2005 winner was Libby Sharman-Harris from South Africa, with Johnny Kar-Ho Au from Hong Kong and Eric Kan from Singapore as runners up.
The competitors and the titles of their presentations were as follows:
- Johnny Kar-Ho Au, Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong, 'Impressed Current Cathodic Protection for Reinforced Concrete Structures'.
- Eleanor Merson, University of Leeds, UK, 'Chevron Cracks in Steel Welds'.
- Emily Schmidt, Florida, USA, 'Design Concept Development for Contact Lens Characterization'.
- Libby Sharman-Harris, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 'The Use of Sulphur-Isotope Analysis towards the Understanding of the Formation of Sulphide Minerals in the Platreef, Northern Limb, Bushveld Complex, South Africa'.
- Eric Kan, Singapore, 'Nanocrystalline Germanium for Memory Applications: Small Dots with Big Potentials'.
The World Lecture Competition final for 2005 took place in conjunction with the 4th Materials Research Conference.