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Guoyang Ye (Victoria) receiving her award.

The European Ceramic Society, ECerS, holds a major conference every two years, the venue moving around Europe. The next meeting will be held in June 2019 in Turin, Italy. One of the features of this conference is a ‘Student Speech’ competition in which one PhD student representative of every country who is a member of ECerS takes part; this means that there are nearly 30 entrants each time.

On 26th March, the UK held its heat, in Imperial College, for who would represent the UK with most UK universities who undertake ceramics research putting forward a candidate. We are  delighted to say that  Guoyang Ye from Metallurgy and Materials, otherwise known as Victoria, was successful with her 15 min talk entitled “KNN Piezoelectric Ceramics Fabricated By Two-step Sintering For An Energy Harvester”. She will now go to Turin to represent the UK. Earlier she had defeated other rivals from within UoB in order to get the chance to represent Birmingham during the event in Imperial. The last time that a UK candidate won the European event was back in 2013.