7 May 2021

YPLC UK final takes place online

This year's Young Persons' Lecture Competition UK final took place virtually on 5 May 2021. Competitors gave a lecture of 15 minutes on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science and engineering.


This year's final was sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, The Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and The East Midlands Metallurgical Society, and also our newest sponsor The Henry Royce Institute.

Neil Glover CEng FIMMM, IOM3 President, said ‘The Young Persons’ Lecture Competition is all about developing these skills in the next generation of materials, minerals and mining professionals. This year the challenge is made all the greater as for the second time we hosted the event virtually. The speakers demonstrated to us all how to make best use the virtual platform that have come to dominate our lives over the last twelve months. Congratulations to all this year’s finalists.’

The judging panel included Dr Phil Bischler CEng CSci FIMMM Chair, Members’ Board, Dr David Stanley, Training & Skills Manager, The Henry Royce Institute, Stewart Bullock CEng FIMMM, Vice-President, Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, Dr Aimee Goodall MIMMM, Vice-Chair, Student & Early Career Committee.

First prize went to Mia Maric representing North West & North Wales with her lecture on ‘How do Hexagonal Materials Recrystallise?.’ Mia will go on to represent the UK at the IOM3 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition online final in November. 

Speaking about her win, Mia said, 'Participating in the UK final was a really great experience, all of the talks were so unique and interesting. I am really excited to compete at the YPWLC not only to meet and collaborate with other young scientists, but also learn about the diversity of research happening globally within the field of materials.'

Second prize was awarded to Frances Livera, representing North East on ‘Improving the Complementarity between Additive Manufacture and Brazing.’ Alastair Houston representing South West & South Wales took home the third prize. 

The competition aims to provide a friendly atmosphere of competition in which young engineers and scientists can develop their presentation skills by addressing an informed audience.

Well done to all this year’s finalists and good luck to Mia for the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition.

To watch all this year’s finalists’ presentations and read their abstracts and bios, visit the YPLC page via the button below.



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