The IOM3 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition
The IOM3 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) is organized by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) each year. The event is sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, Henry Royce Institute, Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, and East Midlands Materials Society. The YPLC invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture (12 to 15 minutes) on a topic related to materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology, wood science, or engineering.
Candidates compete in a series of heats organized by IOM3 Local Societies, from which the regional finalists are selected to compete in the National Finals. Last week the first-ever Chinese National Final was hosted by Queen Mary University of London’s Engineering School in Xi’an, China (QMES). The winner of each National Final will go on to represent their country in the Young Persons' World Lecture Competition which is held in a different country each year.
Three talented young engineers made it to the first Chinese National Final and delivered their presentation to a hybrid audience (face-to-face and online). QMES’ prestigious lecture was filled with students and staff alike; due to international travel restrictions, an online audience was also able to dial in and enjoy the presentations.