The 2017 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YWPLC) final was held on 12th October in Perth, Australia. The annual final, celebrating its 13th Anniversary, is a flagship event for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Competitors from eight countries came together from around the world competing for the coveted winner’s title. Consultant at Beta, Lynsey Greenwood attended the week long programme on behalf of the primary sponsor Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM), which included a number of industry and academia based visits.
The winner was Vidya Chamundeswari Narasimhan from Singapore, this being the second consecutive year that Singapore has won the lecture competition, for her presentation titled ‘Biodegradable Scaffold Systems for Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration with Sustained Release of Multiple Bio-Molecules.’ Vidya obtained her Integrated Master of Technology majoring in Medical Nanotechnology with a first class distinction from SASTRA (Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy) University India in 2013. She expects to receive a Doctorate by research from the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang University (MSE-NTU) by February 2018.
“Having attended this YPWLC final, the quality of the young materials scientists and engineers is a true testament to the value of the competition. The week long programme is a great opportunity for the finalists to come together, exchange and share knowledge, along with expanding their network and making valuable connections” said Lynsey.
The Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition final will be hosted in South Africa in 2018. For further information on the 2017 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition final and finalist profiles please click here.
2017 YPWLC winner, Vidya Chamundeswari Narasimhan receiving her prize from Bruce Morrin, Committee Member, IOM3 (WA)