Inaugural YPLC Canada final
The Arthur B McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute hosted the national final of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition.
On 30 May, finalists from Queen's University gave presentations on matter and antimatter, coatings, chemistry of physics, metal nanomaterials, hydrometallurgy, droplet microarrays, radiation effects on materials, silver clusters and the origins of the periodic table.
The winner was Morgan Lehtinen, a PhD student at Queen's University whose presentation on H2Only: Smart filters for efficient oil/water separation earned her a place in the 2019 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition.
Dr Phil Bischler, Chair of the judging panel said, 'The Canadian competitors were of very high standard and we had a very good and close competition'. Dr Matthew Topping, a 2014 YPLC finalist and member of the Canada final judging panel said, 'The YPLC is a fantastic way for early career scientists to hone their presentation skills. It is so important to be able to communicate their research in a simplified way and the Competition is the perfect way to develop this skill. The Canadian final was full of students with fantastic presentation skills. This made picking the national winner incredibly difficult and all of the participants should be very proud of themselves. I have great confidence that the winner chosen to represent Canada at the YPWLC will have a great shot of winning the whole competition!'.
Morgan will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and a chance to represent Canada in the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition final, which will be held in London on Thursday 10 October this year.