Young Persons' Lecture Competition

Sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, with support from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, 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.

2018 local heat dates


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 2017

The 2017 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) final was held on Wednesday 26 April at the Armourers’ Hall, London. Competitors are 28 or under on 1 June 2017 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.

News item on 2017 YPLC final


South East - Winner

Ilija Rasovic - Making the world's most expensive material

Midlands - 2nd Place

Amanda Field - Additive manufacturing for nuclear fusion

Scotland - 3rd Place

Marli De Jongh - Shocked suevites from the Ries crater: Insights into the dynamics of hypervelocity impacts

South West & South Wales

Jemma Rowlandson - Saving the world with Leerdammer cheese: Engineering activated carbons for clean water

North West & North Wales

Beatriz Mingo - Smart coatings: Challenges and opportunities

North East

Will Foster - Cocktail science: Molecular organisation of water and alcohol mixtures at solid interfaces





For further information, contact Efi Fragkou.