Young Persons’ Lecture Competition 2008 Final

17 Apr 2008

Sinan Al-Bermani, representing the North East of the UK, has won the 2008 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC). The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers hosted the event on 16 April at The Armourers’ Hall, London.

Seven competitors battled in out in a close fought contest to take home the £750 prize money. Al-Bermani, who is studying for a PhD at the University of Sheffield, delivered a thought provoking lecture on digital manufacture for medicine. Following a concise explanation of bone structure, he went on to discuss how layer-based manufacturing could create structures that more closelymimic natural bone.

Taking second place was University of Bristol student Diana Edwards, who came through from the South West regional heats. Her talk, ‘Investigation of Lime Mortar/Tesserae Adhesion in Medieval Mosaics from the Basilica di San Marco, Venice’, looked into the best methods for restoringthese valuable works of art.

Scottish finalist David Marshall, of BP Aberdeen, and Ian Edmonds, University of Birmingham with Rolls-Royce, representing the Midlands, took joint third place. Marshall is a Petroleum Engineer and covered integrity management of an offshore production well, while Edmonds talked on the oxidation of nickel superalloys.

Each of the competitors had won their regional heats to be awarded a place in the YPLC final, and Al-Bermani goes forward to represent the UK at the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition, to be held in Florida, USA, on 23 September.

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