The 2019 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition (YPLC) UK final was held on 1st May at the Royal Armourers’ Hall in London. This annual competition is sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) who celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Iron and Steel Institute this year. Beta Consultants Lynsey Greenwood and Madison Williams attended the event, on behalf of the world final sponsor, CBMM.
The aim of the competition is to encourage young scientists and engineers to develop their presentation skills which, in turn, will improve their skills set and aid them in future career opportunities. Six young people earned the chance to compete at the UK National final after taking part in local and regional events. Each competitor chose a topic of their interest within the field of materials, minerals and mining to present in front of an audience and judging panel. Lynsey explained the competition as “a great opportunity for the competitors to come together, share their knowledge and expand their network to make valuable connections for future endeavours”.
The winner of the 2019 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition was Megan McGregor; a University of Cambridge graduate who represented the South East region. Her presentation, titled ‘The World’s Hottest Superglue: Materials Requirements for Better Sealing in Jet Engines’ is a testament to her PhD work, funded by EPSRC and Rolls-Royce plc. Her project explores the current state and possible improvements of sealing systems within the high-pressure turbines of jet engines and how materials requirements can lead to increased efficiency within these systems.
The Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition final will be hosted in London later this year where Megan will represent the UK. For further information on the 2019 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition final and to keep up-to-date with this years’ event, please click here.