World Lecture Competition

The Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) has been organised and held annually by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining since 2005.

The competition is an extension of the UK Young Persons' Lecture Competition, and is organised by the Younger Members' Committee. The winner of the UK national Young Persons' Lecture Competition represents the UK at the World Final, which each year is held in a different location around the globe.

In 2018, the final was held in South Africa, sponsored by CBMM and supported by Rolls-Royce.

2018 Competition finalists

The following were winners of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition final in their respective countries and took part in the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in South Africa in October 2018.

Follow the links to find out more about each of the finalists:

Kyle Saltmarsh, Australia Winner
Acoustic based condition monitoring in the resource industry

Lin Guo, Hong Kong 2nd place
Combatting cancers with a new superweapon

Andrew Ng Kay Lup, Malaysia 3rd place
Bio-crude oil from lignocellulosic biomass: A zero-to-hero energy scenario

Sam Lawton, UK
Polymer power: From light to current

Alexandra Kuznetsova, Russia
Extracting oil from impossible-to-extract rock

Matheus Santos, Brazil
Insights on the optimisation of the steel ladle process from a refractory perspective

Fariraishe Nyoni, South Africa
Burn cut optimisation to increase blast advance at Unki mine

Naveen Tiwari, Singapore
Self-healable and flexible materials for next generation electronic devices: Smart materials


For further information, contact Efi Fragkou.