The Institute of Physics Manchester Branch is holding a Young Persons Lecture Competition on Wednesday 26th March 2014 and is looking for potential speakers. The lecture should concern a topic relevant to Physics and be accessible to a general audience. It should be a maximum of 8 minutes long and will be followed by 2 minutes for questions from judges. Computer facilities will be available (please ask if you require programmes other than PowerPoint) but it is not necessary to use these. Cash prizes of up to £100 will be awarded for the best presentations on the night.
The aim of the competition is to provide an atmosphere of friendly competition to enable students and school pupils to seek to improve their presentation skills, as well as providing an event to entertain and educate those with an interest in Physics. The competition will be held in the John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH. It will start at 6.30pm with sandwiches and drinks available from 6pm. All are welcome to come and see the talks and we will aim to finish by 8pm.
Applicants should either be in full/part time education (school or university) or vocational training at the time of the competition and have less than 3 years full time work experience (please enquire if you are unsure over eligibility). There will be separate prizes for School pupils and undergraduates/postgraduate level presentations. No formal background in physics is required.
To apply please send an e-mail with your name, stage of education (pre/post first degree and year of course if applicable), school and/or university, phone number and e-mail contact details as well as your title and an abstract for your talk (maximum of 150 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th March 2014. The number of places is limited and successful applicants will be informed within one week.
Lectures will be judged against the following criteria: