Despite being held on line as a virtual event, last Thursdays’s YPLC was a clear success, proceeding smoothly thanks to the organisation of Richard Roethe our Younger Members’ Representative and Colin Morrish running the communications side.
As usual candidates meeting the age criteria were invited from universities and industry, making use of our student representatives at Imperial College, Royal School of Mines and Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter and senior tutors within our region. Aiming to attract younger members from industry we also publicised the event via our company sponsors, Women in Mining and through our sites on social media. Unfortunately only five abstracts were received this year, a significant reduction on previous years, thought to be largely due to the impact of COVID.
Competitors were selected by Council members on the merits of abstracts submitted based on quality, relevance to the mining industry and form and the following three were selected:
- Finlay Goodwin – (CSM) – “The Tin Bearing Pegmatites of Uis, Namibia”
- Alex Lipp – (Imperial) – “All the world in a grain of sand? Geochemical surveying by unmixing of large-river sediments”
- Alexander Moss – (CSM) – “Exploration for LCT Pegmatites in Leinster, Ireland”
This year’s judges were provided by the two company sponsors of this event assisted by our President in the chair: Mike McGloughlin together with James Catley of Golder Associates and Andy Wells (our long standing judge) from Saint Barbara had the very difficult task of selecting a winner. Under normal circumstances, our audience would depart for beer and pizza while the judges cogitated, however this year our judges were the ones to depart, to a separate breakout room. To fill the time our online audience of 30 members and guests were provided with a short presentation by Gavin Bowyer on the history of MinSouth and the way in which we support our students through our various educational initiatives (detailed on our webpages).
All three candidates gave strong presentations however after deep discussion our judges decided that Alex Lipp was this year’s winner, receiving his prize of £200 with £100 each awarded to Finlay Goodwin and Alex Moss as runners up (see photo below).
We do hope that next year we will be able to return to our normal venue at the Royal School of Mines with the opportunity for our professional members to meet up with our student audience over a beer.