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Materials Lecture Competition is a National event mainly organized by IMM and IOM3 UK. This national-wide competition is an initiative intended to enhance awareness among young Material Scientists and Engineers in Malaysia on the importance of Materials Engineering and sustainability in the advancement of technology and humankind.


Materials Lecture Competition is a National event mainly organized by Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Meteriology (IOM3 UK). This national-wide competition started as an idea by IMM to organize a competition that gives the opportunity to the material scientists and engineers in Malaysia on the importance of materials engineering and sustainability in the advancement of technology and humankind.


The competition was introduced in 2012 by IMM and IMM Council officially named it as MLC. In 2013 and 2014, it was jointly organized by IMM and Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, Malaysian Chapter (IOM3-MC). Starting from 2015 onwards, the competition was organised by IMM & IOM3-UK.


In 2012-2013, IMM members lead by Prof. Dr. Esah Hamzah, the IMM-MLC Chairperson, has organized the competition at the National Level where IMM is the host of the event. However, since 2014, the several universities in Malaysia has jointly organized the event as the host of the event starting with UiTM (2014), UKM (2015), UM (2016), APU (2017), UTM (2018) and 2019 will be held at UTEM.


The competition has now become nationwide whereby more than ten public and private universities in Malaysia participated in the competition at the national level since the year 2012. Materials Lecture Competition 2019 (MLC2019) is the 8th time Materials Lecture Competition organized by IMM and hosted by UTEM after the successful first to 7th editions, which were held in the year 2012 to 2018.


The first winners at the National-level competition represented Malaysia in the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) which was held in Hong Kong (2013), USA (2014), Ireland (2015), Brazil (2016), Australia (2017) and last year (2018) in South Africa (2017) where the Malaysia Representative/Finalist from Universiti Malaya won the runner-up prize.


All public and private universities in Malaysia are invited to join the competition. They are asked to organize the competition at the university level to select the best candidate to represent their university in the Material Lecture Competition (Semi Final). Five finalists will be selected and compete in the Material Lecture Competition (finals). The Material Lecture Competition cash prizes are RM3,000, RM 2,000 and RM 1,000 for the first, second and third winners respectively. The first winner will represent Malaysia and compete at the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) Organized by IOM3 UK. The winner of Malaysia will be FULLY SPONSORED by IOM3 UK to attend a series of events in YPWLC.

Malaysian Finalist

Rules and Eligibility (Similar to the International  YPWLC  criteria)


The Materials Lecture Competition 2019 (MLC 2019) is open to any profession/students in Malaysia (except academic staff) of age 28 or under on 1st June 2019. Participant must deliver a 15-minutes presentation on a topic related to Materials or Minerals Science and Engineering. The topic may cover on the participant’s current research work or project from the following areas of interest (but not limited to) Materials Development, Characterization, Processing and Applications, Minerals and Geologically related disciplines


Submission Procedure for Competition

To take part in the MLC 2019 competition, please send an e-mail with your name, a copy of IC (Malaysian Participant) or Passport (International Participant), phone number and e-mail details as well as an abstract of a maximum of 150 words, to the following link:


UTM-MLC 2019 Registration Form

URL : bit.ly/utmmlcform


UTM-MLC 2018 Prizes:

→ First Winner : RM1000
→ Second Winner: RM800
→ Third Winner: RM500

First winner of UTM-MLC 2019 will represent UTM to National Level Competition at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Melaka. The Champion of MLC 2019 will represent Malaysia to attend and compete in the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition 2019 (YPWLC 2019) which will be held in London, United Kingdom organized by IOM3.


Judging Criteria

Presentation will be judged against the following criteria:
• Structure of the presentation and clarity of explanation and argument
• Standard of presentation
• Personal enthusiasm for the subject
• Ability to deliver presentation spontaneously
• Technical content of the presentation
• Clarity and relevance of any visual aids used
• Ability to deliver a concise and meaningful summary at the end of presentation
• Ability to present within the specified time allocated
• Ability to handle judges’ questions


Marking Scheme

Abstract : 10 marks
Structure of lecture : 25 marks
Standard of presentation : 25 marks
Visual aids and physical examples : 10 marks
Technical content : 15 marks
Handling questions : 15 marks



Marks will be deducted for lecture time as follows;
For talks over 17/19 minutes : -5/10 marks
For talks under 13/12 minutes : -5/10 marks


Competition Judges

• 3 judges + 1 moderator/judge
• Selected among academic staff from various faculties with diversified background.
• Each judge is allowed to ask ONE question to each participant. A moderator will chair the Q&A session.
• Each participant will answer 3 questions from 3 different judges.
• The judges decision is final.


Important Dates

University Level:
Abstract Submission Deadline: 13th February 2019
Announcement of Shortlisted Participants: 19th February 2019
Briefing Session to the Shortlisted Participants: 21st February 2019
UTM-MLC 2019 Competition Day: 24th February 2019

National Level:
MLC 2019 Semi-Finals: 4th April 2019 – UTeM Melaka
MLC 2019 Finals: 30th April 2018 – UTeM Melaka


Information and Contacts


  • Contact:
    Dr. Hasrul: 013-718 9515
    Dr. Norhaniza: 019-798 1460
    Dr Akmal: 019-7373983
  • Dr Ezza: 017-7712710
  • Dr Jaysuman: 012-7220045
    Email: utmmlc@mail.fkm.utm.my