The Western Australian branch of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) organizes the Australian Young Persons Lecture Competition (AYPLC). The event is a great opportunity for students and young professionals to learn valuable presentation and communication skills in a pressured, yet friendly environment. Effective technical communication skills are invaluable to young people pursuing a career in industry, academia, non-profits or government.
The competition is open to anyone under the age of 28 (as of 1st June 2017) who can present an interesting 15 minute lecture on materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology or wood science.
The competitors are judged on the quality of their abstract, structure of the lecture, standard of the presentation, visual aids and physical examples, technical content, ability to handle questions and time-keeping. Judging is carried out by local (and sometimes international) members of the IOM3.
The key dates for this competition are:
WA State Final: Friday 12th May
Australia Final: Friday 14th July
International Final: Sat 14th – Fri 20th October
All finals will be held at the Bentley Campus of Curtin University. The World finals week will include technical visits, a fun competition, dinners and will based in Fremantle. It is anticipated entrants will come from all over the world. Last year’s finalists came from the UK, Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, Ireland and the USA.
The winner of the Australian competition receives a small cash prize, and an expenses paid trip to the World Final, which was in Ireland in 2015; was in Brazil in 2016 and is in Perth, Australia in 2017.
We are looking for volunteers and entrants from all over Australia. Please contact the organisers John Sykes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Brian Povey (email@example.com), or Nick Hunt-Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
You can also view details for the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition at: