Young Persons Lecture Competition

This prestigious competition is aimed at young scientists and engineers in the disciplines of Materials, Minerals, Mining, Packaging, Clay Technology and Wood Science and they will be judged on their presentation skills, which include diction and enthusiasm, visual aids, handling of questions by the judges and technical content. 


This year's competition was held on Thursday 24 June 2021 via Zoom. 

Shane de Beer, of Stellenbsoch University, won the 2021 South African leg op the competition and will go on to represent South Africa at the World compeition in November 2021. 

Shane's winning presentation is titled:  ‘Computational methods to investigate photocatalysis in metal-organic frameworks.

We wish him all the best as he goes on to the next round.

 ShanedeBeer 2



The 2020 Competition was held virtually due to the pandemic. 

The South African winner was Bianca Gevers, of the University of Pretoria.  Her presentation was titled: "Engineering photo-active materials for renewable energy generation"

Bianca Gevers Winner


The winner of the 2019 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition is Tamlyn Naidu from the University of Witwatersrand.  Her winning presentation was titled "Acid Mine Drainage Remediation System using Waste Products from the Steel Manufacturing and Sugar Industries"

Tamlyn also went on to win the Young Persons' World Competition in London in October 2019.

This year’s competition saw 6 people competing for the title on Tuesday 4 June 2019 in Port Elizabeth. We had 3 competitors from Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela University), 3 from WITS University.  

 Winner, Tamlyn Naidu

 2019 Winner Tamlyn Naidu


It was an honour to host the 2018 Young Persons' World Lecture Compeittion in Port Elizabeth on Thursday 11 October 2018. 

Congratulations to Kyle Saltmarsh, from Australia, on taking the win.

Click here to view the competition videos

Name: Farirai Nyoni (University of Zimbabwe)
Lecture Title: Burn cut optimisation to increase blast advance at Unki mine
General Comment: Farirai went on to represent South Africa in the World Competition, which was hosted by South Africa
2018 Farirai Nyoni 1 small
Name: Matthew Mayne (The University of Stellenbosch)
Lecture Title: How do rocks melt? A question requiring both chemistry and thermodynamics
General Comment: Matthew went on to represent South Africa in the World Competition in Australia
 2017 winner Matthew Mayne
Name: Jean Potgieter (University of Pretoria)
Lecture Title: Effects of Compaction on Lateral Earth Pressure
General  Comment: Jean came 2nd in the World Competition which took place in Brazil
2016 Jean  Potgieter Profile
Name: Daniel Avutia (SRK Consultants)
Lecture Title: Analytical study of sinkhole propogation in South Africa
General Comment: Daniel went on to represent South Africa in the World Competition in Ireland
2015 05 21-16-Daniel Avutia


NameRaphael Smith (from CapeRay Medical)
Lecture TitleThe design, construction and testing of a hermetically sealed breast platform for dual-modality mammography
General CommentRaphael won the 2014 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in Riverside, USA

2014 06 26-14-Raphael Smith2


Name: Cornelis van Niekerk (University of Pretoria)
Lecture Title: Novel technique for in-situ laser alloying of AISI 410L stainless steel with nitrogen during laser cladding
General Comment: Cornelis won the 2013 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in Hong Kong

2013.10.31-59-Cornelis  his prizes