The final of the 2019 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition was held by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining on 1st May at the Armourers’ Hall in London.
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. The competition aims to provide a friendly competitive atmosphere in which young engineers and scientists can develop their presentation skills, with an informed audience.
To be selected for the final, candidates had first to compete in a series of heats organised by local affiliated societies of the institute. From these, six regional candidates were selected to compete in the national final.
Competitors are tasked with delivering a lecture on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science and engineering.
Presentations are judged against a variety of criteria including; structure of lecture, standard of presentation, visual aids and physical examples, technical content, handling questions and staying to time. For the first time this year, audience members were able to cast a people’s vote. The judges were: Dr Phil Bischler CEng CSci FIMMM, Mr Neil Battison CEng FIMM and Miss Aimee Goodall ProfGradIMMM.
Swansea University M2A EngD student James Grant, representing the South-West was awarded second place for his lecture “Electrophoretic materials: The resurgence of E-link through Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (F-TIR) film, representing the South-West. The abstract for James lecture can be found here
14 May 2019