Despite uncertainty caused by the developing Covid-19 outbreak, the MinSouth heat of the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition was held on March 12, 2020. Four presentations on a variety of mining-related topics were delivered by students from Oxford University, Imperial College and Camborne School of Mines.

The judges, Andy Wells from event co-sponsor Saint Barbara LLP, James Catley from event co-sponsor Golder and MinSouth President Sue Struthers, determined that Sam Casement from Imperial College was the winner with his talk on “Regional Spectral Analysis of the Lofdal Alkaline Carbonatite Complex (LACC), Namibia for Mineral Exploration.”

Sam Casement, Winner of the MinSouth heat of YPLC 2020

The runners up were Alexander Moss of Oxford University, Maciej Zajaczkowski of Imperial College and Jacob Hartles of Camborne School of Mines.

MinSouth would like to thank everyone who contributed to helping the event go ahead despite the additional challenges we are all facing, including all of the participants and audience, Saint Barbara and Golder for jointly sponsoring the evening, Andy Wells and James Catley for acting as judges on behalf of the sponsoring companies, Dan Lindsay and Jasmine for organising the event and the refreshments.

L-R: Alexander Moss (Oxford, runner up), Maciej Zajaczkowski (Imperial, runner up), David Duckworth (Saint Barbara, co-sponsor), Jacob Hartles (Camborne, runner up), Sam Casement (Imperial, winner), James Catley (Golder, co-sponsor)

Sam Casement has the opportunity to participate in the Southeast Regional Final of the YPLC, which was due to be held on 26 March but has been postponed. The National Final was due to be held on 29 April but has also been postponed until September.