PhD student wins SMEA Young Persons' Lecture Competition

Colleen Mann, PhD student in the NucleUS Immobilisation Science Laboratory, announced the winner of the Sheffield heat of The Young Persons' Lecture Competition.

Colleen receiving her award

Held on Tuesday 1 March, and hosted by The Metallurgical and Engineering Association (SMEA), the heat is part of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) sponsored competition, where students and professionals, up to the age of 28, are invited to deliver a short lecture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay technology and wood science related subject.

Attended by staff and students from the University of Sheffield, as well as members from SMEA, the event included talks from Martyn Jones, Rolls-Royce and Priyanshu Bajaj, University of Sheffield. With presentations judged on the abstract, structure, delivery, visual aids and handling of questions.

Colleen's talk was titled 'In the Bin for 100,000 years: An Intergenerational Burden', focusing on her research in nuclear waste disposal. 

As the chosen winner, she will now compete on the 17 March in the North East Regional Final at the Materials Processing Institute in Middlesbrough. Six regional candidates will then compete in the national final on Wednesday 20 April at the Armourers' Hall, London.