PhD student crowned world's best young lecturer

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Morgan Lowther

A University of Birmingham PhD student is celebrating after winning a prestigious competition aimed at recognising the talent of young engineers and scientists.

Morgan Lowther, a PhD student at the University’s Healthcare Technologies Institute, has won the world title in the Institute of Minerals, Mining and Materials (IOM3) Young Persons’ Lecture Competition.

After successfully winning the UK round in September, Morgan represented the UK and went head-to-head with six other early career material scientists from around the world in the final round of the competition.

The competition was held virtually and seven finalists from around the world each gave a 15-minute presentation on a technical topic of their choice to a panel of three judges. The panel reached a unanimous verdict and announced Morgan as the 2020 world title holder.

Speaking of the achievement, Morgan said: ''It's been a fantastic experience sharing my research with so many people. I never expected to come so far when I first gave this lecture at the local heat Birmingham, and it's wonderful to know that it connects with such a wide audience.''

The YPLC is organised by IOM3, sponsored by the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, the East Midlands Materials Society, and supported by the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company. It aims to provide a friendly atmosphere of competition in which young engineers and scientists can develop their presentation skills by addressing an informed audience.