Materials Lecture Competition (MLC) is a National event mainly organized by Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM) and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (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.

MLC was first established in 2012 by IMM and subsequently in year 2013/2014, this event was organized in collaboration with the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, Malaysian Chapter (IOM3-MC). However, beginning of year 2015, MLC was organised by IMM & IOM3-UK.  In year 2012-2013, Prof. Dr. Esah Hamzah from IMM was the chairperson for IMM-MLC and during that time IMM was hosted the MLC competition at national level. Starting year 2014, several universities in Malaysia has jointly organized the event as the host such as UiTM (2014), UKM (2015), UM (2016), APU (2017), UTM (2018), UTEM (2019) and 2020 (UPM).Readmore

The MLC has now become nationwide whereby more than ten public and private universities in Malaysia participated in the competition at the national level since year 2012. Besides, MLC 2020 is the 9th time has been organized by IMM and hosted by UPM after the successful first to 8th editions, which were held in the year 2012 to 2019.

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), South Africa(2018) where Malaysia Representative/Finalist from University Malaya won the runner-up prize. In 2019, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) PhD student, Lam Jia Yong has won the second place in the 15th Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) for his lecture on “DNA biosensor based on optical fibre for the detection of pathogen: A novel approach”. On Thursday 12 November 2020, IOM3 hosted the 16th Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) for the first time online via Zoom.

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 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.

RULES AND ELIGIBILITY(Similar to the International YPWLC criteria)

  • The Materials Lecture Competition 2021(MLC 2021) is open to any profession/students in Malaysia (except academic staff) of age 28 or under on 1st July 2021.
  •  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





Cash and Certificate and represent IIUm to National Level Competition at University Sains Malaysia


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Poster and promotion activity

16 March 2021

Registration form  OPEN

16 March 2021

Registration form CLOSE

9 April 2021

Deadline to submit video

14 April 2021


19 April 2021

Announcement for short-listed participants

20 April 2021

Final Round

26 April 2021

Submission name to national level

28 April 2021


MLC 2020 Semi-Finals-University Science Malaysia

2nd June 2021

MLC 2020 Semi-Finals-University Science Malaysia

16 June 2021

Venue: Online, Google Meet