The 2017 National Final of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition brought together six finalists from across the UK along with judges, engineers and scientists on 26 April at the Armourers' Hall in London, home to the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers. The annual event is organised by IOM3, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, with additional support from the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and East Midlands Materials Society.
The six finalists presented a 15-minute lecture, exploring a range of exciting scientific areas including physics, materials science, geology and chemistry. At the end of each presentation, each speaker was then asked a series of questions by the judges. The judging panel was Dr Phil Bischler CEng FIMMM, Chair of the Local Affairs Board, Dr Sam Cruchley, Vice Chair of the Younger Members’ Committee and Paul Bradley CEng FIMMM Midland Institute of Mining Engineers.
Each entrant was marked from a total of 100 points, with points awarded for technical content, structure of lecture, standard of presentation and time. Professor William Bonfield CBE FREng FRS FMedSci, Chairman of the Armourers and Brasiers Materials Science Committee, said, ‘I have been impressed with all the presentations today and all the finalists should consider themselves as winners.’
Congratulations to Ilija Rašović representing the South East who won first place for his lecture on ‘The World’s Most Expensive Material.’ Ilija will be travelling to Perth, Australia, in October to compete in the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition.
Awarded second place was Amanda Field representing the Midlands for her talk on ‘Additive Manufacturing for Nuclear Fusion.’ Finally, third place was awarded to Marli De Jongh from Scotland for her talk on ‘Shocked Suevites from the Ries Crater – Insights into the Dynamics of Hypervelocity Impacts.’
Well done to all this year’s finalists.
Read about all the finalists and their lectures, here.
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