2019 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) comes to London

14 Oct 2019

On Thursday 10 October, IOM3 headquarters in London hosted the 15th Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC). Tamlyn Naidu from South Africa was awarded first place for her lecture on ‘Acid Mine Drainage Remediation System Using Waste Products from the Steel Manufacturing and Sugar Industries.

Second place went to Jia Yong Lam from Malaysia on ‘DNA Biosensor based on Optical Fibre for the Detection of Pathogen: A novel approach.’ Followed closely in third place by Morgan Lethinen from Canada on ‘H2Only: Smart Filters for Efficient Oil/Water Separation.

A massive congratulations to all the nine finalists and a special thank you to the four judges Dr Philip Bischler CEng CSci FIMMM, Chair of the Judging Panel, Professor Serena Best CBE FREng CEng FIMMM, President of IOM3, Dr Kate Thorton CEng CSci FIMMM, Vice President of IOM3 and Clémence Dutot from CBMM. 

The nine finalists, all winners of their Young Persons’ Lecture Competition national finals, were treated to an all expenses paid trip sponsored by CBMM in London organised by IOM3. During the week they were able to participate in a number of activities including tours of Rolls-Royce Heritage Site, Cambridge University Materials Department, a visit to a local primary school as well as bowling, a sightseeing tour across London followed by a London Eye visit and a free afternoon to enjoy the sites of the city. They also attended the Institute's Special & Publication Awards dinner, the YMC Chartership event for Younger Members and also took part in Matopoly: London.
During the primary school visit, the finalists gave a shorter version of their presentation in front of 70 year 6 pupils who went on to vote for their favourite finalists. 

IOM3 would like to thank the YPWLC primary sponsor, Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), for its generous support. 

Full details of this year's YPWLC finalists and their presentations.