Young Persons' Lecture Competition (Western Australia)

The Western Australian branch of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is pleased to announce the start of the 2020 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) via Zoom, a cloud-based video conferencing service.

The 2020 Australian competition will be held between 4-6pm on Thursday 3rd September.

The competition has been running for over 20 years and is designed to support the improvement of presentation skills to the general public on complex scientific and engineering issues from academia and industry.

Competitors are asked to create and present on a subject of their choice that is related to materials, minerals or mining and encompasses the broader field of engineering, science and technology.   

The competitors are judged on the quality of the abstract, structure of the lecture, the standard of the presentation, visual aids and physical examples, technical content, ability to handle questions and timekeeping. Judging is carried out by academics and/or experienced professionals in the related industries.

The competition is open to anyone aged 28 or under (on 1st June 2020) who can present an interesting 15-minute lecture on their topic (materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology or wood science and engineering).

The WA winner will receive a A$250 cash prize and represent Western Australia in the 2020 Young Persons' Lecture Competition Australia final (also via Zoom). All participants are invited to a VIP networking dinner with senior mining professionals and executives.

The Australian winner will receive A$250 on top and will represent Australia against other countries at the 2020 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition (also held via Zoom). This year the world competition has a cash participation prize with the winner receiving £2,000 plus a MacBook Air computer.

Applications close 15th August 2020.

To register: Please send your 2020 YPLC Entry Form and your abstract to Dr Carla Boehl: carla.boehl@curtin.edu.au

Download the 2020 YPLC Entry Form: https://www.iom3.org/sites/default/files/YPLC%202020%20ENTRY%20FORM.pdf

Should entrants be available from the other Australian States then a recording of the Western Australian winner will then be judged on a National Basis to choose the entrant to represent Australia in the World Final expected sometime in November 2020 and will be held online using Zoom or a similar platform.

The Western Australian branch of the IOM3 has a rich recent history in the Young Persons' Lecture Competition, with UWA PhD-student Kyle Saltmarsh going on to win the World Final in 2018, hosted in South Africa.

Kyle's Youtube and blog on the finals are available here:

Youtube: https://youtu.be/GkwTv4m9fQM

Blog: http://saltology.org/blog-ypwl.html

 

2020 ONLINE Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC) Western Australia State Final Details

The Western Australian branch of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is pleased to announce the start of the 2020 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) via Zoom, a cloud-based video conferencing service.

Sponsor: Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), Curtin University

Date & Time: 4-6pm, Thursday 3rd September 2020

Location: Online via ZOOM

Application deadline: 15 August 2020

 

2019 Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC) Australia National Final Details

Sponsor: Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), Curtin University

Date & Time: 4pm, Friday 24th May

Location: Curtin University

 

2018 Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC) Australia National Final Results

Sponsor: Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), Curtin University

Date & Time: 4pm, Friday 25th May

Location: Curtin University

Winner: Kyle Saltmarsh, a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at The University of Western Australia who spoke on “Acoustic based condition monitoring in the resource industry”.

Kyle recieved a A$250 prize and will go on to represent Australia in the 2018 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Kyle then when on to win the World Final in South Africa! Well done, Kyle!

PDF icon Kyle Saltmarsh - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Other entrants:

Bianca Spice, a metallurgist at Talison Lithium spoke on “The effects of high chrome grinding media on the flotation of spodumene”.

PDF icon Bianca Spice - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Aida Carneiro, a PhD student in mining engineering at The University of Western Australia spoke on the “Economic evaluation of alternative management strategies for the disposal of tailings in Western Australia”.

PDF icon Aida Carneiro - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Vincent Wei Sheng Lim, a PhD student in chemical and process engineering at The University of Western Australia spoke on “Towards risk-based hydrate management strategies in subsea oil and gas flowlines”.

PDF icon Vincent Lim - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Mochammad Rizal Abda, a masters student in petroleum engineering at Curtin University spoke on “Resilient graphite to mitigate lost circulation in fractured reservoir”.

PDF icon Md Rizal Abda - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

 

2017 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition (YPWLC)

Perth was proud to host the 2017 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition Final on Thursday 12 October at the Western Australia School of Mines, Curtin University.

The winner was Vidya Chamundeswari Narasimhan from Singapore with her presentation on "Biodegradable scaffold systems for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration with sustained release of multiple bio-molecules".

The final is part of a finals week including a number of networking and social events, and industry visits. These included a trip to South32's Huntley bauxite mine and alumina refinery, Little Creatures brewery, Caversham animal park, Black Swan vineyard and Perth Mint.

Further details on this fantastic event can be found here, including a video of the week's highlights.

 

2017 Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC) Australia National Final Results

Sponsor: Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), Curtin University

Date & Time: 4pm, Friday 12th May

Location: Curtin University

Winner: Prabhu Elango, a Masters of Petroleum Engineering student at Curtin University who spoke on the “Impact of drilling fluid composition on cuttings integrity”.

Prabhu went on to represent Australia in the 2017 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition also in Perth, Australia (details above).

PDF icon Prabhu Elango - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Other entrants:

Zenoushka Bynevelt, an Honours student in Geology at The University of Western Australia spoke on “A systematic analysis of exploration strategy in the Fraser Range region, Western Australia”.

PDF icon Zenoushka Bynevelt - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Ericson Talis, a student at Curtin University spoke on “The application of phytomining in low-grade gold extraction”.

PDF icon Ericson Talis - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

 

2016 Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC) Australia National Final Results

Sponsor: Western Australian School of Mines (WASM), Curtin University

Date & Time: 4pm, Friday 8th July

Location: Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University

Winner: Daniel Sully, an exploration geologist at Teck who spoke on “Mt Percy gold deposit: the role and significance of porphyry intrusions in the gold mineralisation process”.

Daniel represented Australia in the 2016 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in Brazil.

PDF icon Daniel Sully - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Other entrants:

Aida Carneiro, PhD Student in Mining and Mineral Engineering at The University of Western Australia spoke on “The Need for a Comprehensive Methodology to Evaluate Tailings Alternatives”

PDF icon Aida Carneiro - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

 

2015 Young Persons' Lecture Competition (YPLC) Australia National Final Results

Date/Time: 4pm, Thursday 16th July

Location: Centre for Exploration Targeting, The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Winner: Yuteng (Nero) Zhang, a mining engineering student at Curtin University who spoke on “Diesel Particulate Matter”.

Nero went on to represent Australia in the 2015 Young Persons World Lecture Competition in Dublin, Ireland.

PDF icon Nero Zhang - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Other entrants:

R. Samuel Davies, Data Geologist, Maxwell Geoservices, “An Analysis of Future Tin Supply”

PDF icon Sam Davies - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

Zhi (Alex) Yang, Mining Engineering Student, Curtin University, “Dust Problems in Underground Coal Mines”

PDF icon Alex Yang - Presentation - FINAL.pdf

 

How to Make and Deliver a Great Technical Presentation

Delivering a great technical presentation requires preparation and knowledge of the craft. If you are entering the competition, please download the following article entitled "How not to commit murder with PowerPoint" and originally published in the Strictly Boardroom column on MiningNews.net. It should be of help in your preparations.

PDF icon 2018-02-26-Sykes_&_Trench-Murder_with_Powerpoint-Strictly_Boardroom.pdf

 

How to Write a Short, Concise Abstract

Competition entrants are also asked to submit an abstract alongside their presentation with a limit of 150 words. This can seem challenging, but writing concisely is one of the key skills of technical writing. For assistance in writing your abstracts, we recommend the following blog post by Steve Easterbrook entitled "How to write a scientific abstract in six easy steps."