Young Person’s Lecture and Poster Competition

16 December 2015

9 March 2016, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.

The Institute of Physics Manchester and District Branch is looking for participants for its Young Persons Physics Lecture and Poster Competition, to be held on 9 March, 2016.

The poster or lecture should concern a topic relevant to physics and be accessible to a general audience. The lectures should be a maximum of eight minutes long and will be followed by two 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. The posters should be A1 in size 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 poster
  • best presentation

All participants will be awarded a participation certificate.

The aim of the competition is to provide an atmosphere of friendly competition to enable all students 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 Lecture Theatre 3, Brooks Building, 53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX. It will start at 5.30pm with pizza, sandwiches and drinks available from 5pm. The poster session will run from 5.30 – 6.30pm, followed by the lectures from 6.30 – 7.30pm. All are welcome to come and see the posters and talks, and we will aim to finish by 8pm.

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

To register for the competition please follow the link:

You should submit a title and a 150-word abstract for your talk or poster by 2 February. 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

  • Dr Yasmin Andrew, Loreto College, Manchester, 0161 226 5156
  • Dr Christie Theodorakou, the Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Louise Butcher, Institute of Physics

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