National finalists come together for the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition

12 Jun 2006

Materials and minerals scientists and engineers from across the world will be competing in the second Young Persons' World Lecture Competition on 20 June. Run in conjunction with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), the finalists will be flying into the Institute’s London headquarters from Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, the USA as well as the UK. The entrants are all winners of their respective national heats.

The Young Persons' World Lecture Competition is an initiative of the Institute's Younger Members' Committee, bringing together members under the age of 35 from around the globe. It is an extension of the Institute's UK Young Persons' Lecture Competition, which has gained prominence over the last decade. Rolls-Royce plc are again sponsoring the competition.

The event provides a fantastic opportunity for younger members to hone their communication and presentation skills in a competitive environment as they present their research to a panel of judges. The global nature of the event enhances the overseas presence of the IOM3 while forging links with sister organisations to promote materials on an international scale. Indeed, a quarter of the Institute's 22,000 members reside outside the UK.

The entrants in this year’s competition are as follows: 

  • Eoin Cunningham, Ireland, “Macrostructural replication of marine algae to mimic cancellous bone”.
  • Selin Teo Hwee Gee, Singapore, “Photonic bandgap crystals”.
  • Damian Williams, South Africa, “Novel 2-mercaptobenzothiazole-capped nano ZnO and ZnS materials as activators for the vulcanization of polydiene rubbers”.
  • Andrew Tarpey, UK, “Structural adhesive use in lightweight vehicle architecture”.
  • Sarah Rebecca Galatioto, Florida, USA, “Improving surgical masks to kill and prevent the inhalation of bacteria and viruses”.


Notes for editors

The final of the World Lecture Competition 2006 will take place on 20 June in conjunction with the 5th Materials Research Conference, which is being organised by the Institute's Younger Members' Committee. More details. The event is being held at the IOM3 headquarters at 1 Carlton House Terrace in London.

For further enquiries relating to the World Lecture Competition, contact Dr Brett Suddell, email:

Rolls-Royce plc operates in long-term businesses, and relies heavily on innovation to ensure that future generations of products contain the leading edge technologies required to make them market leaders in terms of performance, reliability and life-cycle cost. The company invests in technology and capability that can be exploited in this way. It acquires technologies through its co-ordinated 'Vision' programme that is designed to address real business requirements and, wherever possible, find application across more than one business sector.