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Young Lecturer/ Poster Competition

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17:00 – 20:00 20 Mar 2018
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MMU Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall St, Manchester M15 6GX Bonsall Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, M15 6GX

We invite young people from school age to Post Doc level to give a presentation (8 mins) or produce a poster on any aspect of physics that interests them. The aim of the event is to provide an atmosphere of friendly competition in which to improve the presentation skills of young lecturers as well as enthral, entertain and educate all those with an interest in physics. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Further details below but abstracts must be received by the 2 March 2018 to jwilson@loreto.ac.uk


 Teams can enter under each category (maximum of 5 individuals)


Register on this website or email manchesterandistrict@physics.org


Computer facilities will be available (please ask if you require programmes other than PowerPoint) but it is not necessary to use these. The posters should be at least A3 in size (max A1) and poster boards will be provided.


One overall winner from all poster and lecture participants will be awarded a prize of £250. In addition, four prizes of £100 will be awarded for:


  • best school/college poster
  • best school/college presentation
  • best undergraduate/postgraduate/post doc presentation
  • best undergraduate/postgraduate/post doc poster


All participants will be awarded a participation certificate.




Eligibility criteria


Applicants should either be in full- or part-time education in school or university or in vocational training at the time of the competition, and have less than three years' full-time work experience. No formal background in physics is required. Please enquire if you are unsure about eligibility.


Application procedure


You should submit a title and a 150-word abstract for your talk or poster by 2 March by emailing Jenny Wilson jwilson@loreto.ac.uk . The allocation of a poster or a lecture slot will be given within one week


Judging criteria


Abstracts, presentations and posters will be judged against the following criteria:


  • Clarity and accuracy of the entrant's abstract.
  • Originality of the topic
  • Adequacy of the academic level, relevance, clarity of explanation and argument
  • Clear content and structure, clarity of explanation and argument
  • Enthusiasm – ability to engage/grab the audience
  • Suitability for the audience, neither assuming too much or too little knowledge
  • Timing (marks may be deducted for over-running of lecture time) – specific to presentations
  • Ability to deliver a concise, meaningful summary at the end of main points.
  • Big picture – how informed is the student about the larger context of the topic of their poster presentation?
  • Questions – ability to answer questions related to the topic




This competition is promoted by the Institute of Physics Manchester and District Branch of 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK.


The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be contacted on the night or by email. No entries allowed from Institute of Physics employees or anyone connected with the competition, including their immediate families. The Institute of Physics can change or withdraw the terms without notice and can refuse any entry. Personal data will be processed in accordance with Data Protection Act 1998. Terms are governed by English law.


Please send any questions to manchesterandistrict@physics.org.


Coordinating panel


  • Jenny Wilson, Loreto 6th Form College
  • Pierre Grace, IOP Chair, Manchester and District Branch
  • Hannah Renshall, Institute of Physics, Regional Officer



Organised by: IOP Manchester and District Branch

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