Advanced bioceramics lecture wins Young Persons' World Lecture Competition

14 Oct 2016

On 13 October, Li (Alan) Zhong, from Singapore was awarded first place in the 2016 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition with his lecture, Artificial Corneal Implants: A Brighter Future with Advanced Bioceramics.

Dr Philip Bischler CEng CSci FIMMM, Chair of the judging panel commented, 'Alan gave a brilliant paper. He told a really good story, from start to finish, which really caught the judges' attention. His lecture covered every aspect we look for when marking'.

The eight finalists have spent a week in Brazil, hosted by main sponsors, CBMM and treated to an all expenses paid Brazillian experience. The final took place in Araxá, the home of CBMM.

Second place was awarded to Jean Potgieter, representing South Africa with Effects of Compaction on Lateral Earth Pressure and third place went to Brazilian finalist, Isabella Vasconcelos Joviano dos Santos, with her lecture Block Copolymers Self-assembly: Structurally Controlled Materials Directing Future Energy Applications.

Zhong Li (Alan) commented, 'It has been a great experience to participate in this year's competition and was a great surprise for me to win! I always believe that for us researchers and scientists, it is not only important for us to conduct original research - but also to be able to get your message across to a general audience, through effective communication. It's my style to tell a story in my presentationto emotionally engage the audience.'

Thanks to sponsors CBMM and Rolls-Royce for their generous support.

Pictured, the finalists and judges. See below for a video snapshot of the week the Young Persons' lecture Competition finalists enjoyed, in the run up to the final competition:

Further information

Read about all the finalists in this year's competition