USA entrant wins World Lecture Competition
Jason Myers from the University of Florida, USA, has won this year’s Young
Persons’ World Lecture Competition with a presentation entitled
‘Enriched Organic Photovoltaic Cell Performance using Transparent Microlens
Back row, L-R: Phil Bischler (Chair of the judges), Lee Jo May (Malaysia entrant), Paul Harris (IOM3), Jason Myers (USA entrant and winner) and Pedro Costa (Portugal). Front row: Tong Ho Wang (Hong Kong), Katie Moore (UK), Ferhan Oktobriadi Putra Abdul (Singapore), Mura
McCarthy (Ireland), Andrew Spowage, Yip Foo Weng (IOM3 Malaysian Branch)and Barry Lye (IOM3 President)
Myers was one of seven
contestants, representing the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, South Africa,
Ireland and the UK. The competition, organised by IOM3, was held on 20 September at the Malaysian
Rubber Board headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The subjects presented varied
from rapid prototyping, tissue engineering and trace element analysis to recycling and nanorods.
IOM3 President Barry Lye welcomed the audience to the sixth World final, which builds on the
UK national finals that have taken place for over 19 years. The IOM3
Malaysian Branch helped to oganise the
The competition, open to candidates under the
age of 28, tested presentation skills as candidates delivered a 15-minute lecture
on a materials related subject. This was followed by questions from a panel of
judges consisting of David Jarreta, representing CBMM mining, Olaf Rapp, from
Rolls Royce, and Professor Ahmad Fauzi from Nottingham University in Malaysia. The panel was chaired by
Phil Bischler, Chairman of the UK Local Affairs Board.
The audience included representatives from the
sponsors, members of the UK High Commission, university personnel and
An awards dinner, at the Shangri-La Hotel, followed on from the event,
where winners were presented with their prizes. In addition to the all expenses paid trip to Malaysia, Myers collected a trophy and £700. Second and
third places went to Ferhan Oktobriadi Putra Abdul Rahim and Katie Moore, respectively, representing
Singapore and the UK. They also took home trophies and cash prizes. All
competitors received a commemorative medal.
The seven participants were hosted for five days within Kuala Lumpur by the IOM3 Malaysia Local Societies members and sponsors.
Tours of the city, the Petronas Towers and the Selangor Pewter Museum were
undertaken, giving the candidates a taste of the diverse materials
opportunities occurring in Malaysia.