2019 Young Persons' Lecture Competition Final
This year's Young Persons' Lecture Competition took place on 1 May at the Armourers' Hall in London. Competitors gave a lecture of 15 minutes on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science and engineering. The audience for the first time were also able to cast a people's vote.
The year's final was sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and the East Midlands Materials Society.
The judging panel included Dr Phil Bischler CEng CSci FIMMM, Mr Neil Battison CEng FIMM and Miss Aimee Goodall ProfGradIMMM. Lecture topics ranged from mining in space and how to prevent corrosion, to graphite and materials in jet engines.
First prize went to Megan McGregor, from the South East, for her lecture 'The world's hottest superglue: Materials requirements for better sealing in jet engines'. McGregor was awarded £750 plus the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company Medal. She will also have the opportunity to represent the UK at the IOM3 World Lecture Competition final in London in October this year.
Second prize and £400 was awarded to James Grant at Swansea University. Jack Saunders, from the North West and North Wales, took home third prize and £200. All participants receive a £150 prize, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers’, in recognition of their selection as a regional finalist.
The Competition is organised by the Institute, sponsored by the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, the East Midlands Materials Society and supported by the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers. It aims to provide a friendly atmosphere of competition in which young engineers and scientists can develop their presentation skills by addressing an informed audience.