Young Persons' Lecture Competition

Sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, with support from The Armourers and Brasiers' Company, the Young Persons' Lecture Competition invites students and professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subject.
Candidates compete in a series of heats organised by local affiliated societies of the Institute, from which six regional candidates are selected to compete in the national final. The YPLC is organised by the Institute's Local Affairs Board.

2019 local heat dates - tbc

YPLC Rules & Judging and Entry Form

The following judging criteria and penalties are the same for the Local, Regional and National competitions:

  1. Abstract - 10 marks
  2. Structure of lecture - 25 marks
  3. Standard of presentation - 25 marks
  4. Visual aids and physical examples - 10 marks
  5. Technical content - 15 marks
  6. Handling questions - 15 marks
  7. Lecture time:
    Over 17/19 mins - -5/-10 marks
    Under 13/12 minutes - -5/-10 marks

Download Judging Criteria & Penalties

Download Entry Form

Young Persons’ Lecture Competition 2018

The 2018 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) final was held on Wednesday 25 April at the Armourers’ Hall, London. Competitors are 28 or under on 1 June 2018 and 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 & Brasiers the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers and the East Midlands Materials Society.


Midlands - Winner

Sam Lawton - Polymer power: From light to current

South East - 2nd place

Gabrielle Bourret-Sicotte - Shielded hydrogen passivation: Making efficient solar cells

North East - 3rd place

Chloe Fisher - A 'how-to' guide for manufacturing a stainless steel kitchen knife that is a cut above the rest


Ian Cawood - Water and the earth's crust: The role and source of water in a crystallising magma

South West & South Wales

Pablo Martinez Pancorbo - Early-stage cancer imaging with novel nanoparticles

North West & North Wales

Josh Turner - Exploring inorganic main group polymers


For further information, contact Efi Fragkou.