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Young Persons Paper Competition 2019

Boost your career prospects with this unique challenge

If you want the chance to show off your mental prowess, your gas industry knowledge and your slick presentation skills, you need to enter IGEM's 2019 Young Persons Paper Competitition (YPPC).

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your ambition and drive as well as adding something spectacular to your CV.

What do I have to do?

Firstly, you don't have to be an engineer. As long as you are aged 18 to 35 and either work in the gas industry or are studying towards a gas career, you can enter.  You don't even have to be an IGEM member.

All you have to do is submit an abstract of up to 250 words on a project or subject relevant to the gas industry in which you have been personally involved.  If successful, you will be entered into your local IGEM Section heat where you will give a presentation of up to 15 minutes.

If you win your Section heat you will go forward to compete in the Grand Final and deliver your presentation again having expanded your abstract into a paper of up to 1,500 words beforehand.  Section heats will be held in March and April 2019 and the Grand Final on 13 June 2019.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2019.  Notify us of your intention to enter or send your abstract to


Section heat winners and runners up receive a cash prize.  The overall YPPC winner gets the trip of a lifetime - more details of which will be announced soon. They also have their name engraved on the prestigious IGEM YPPC trophy and receive a mini replica trophy to keep forever.

Anyone who is a Section heat winner will be offered a free place on a one-day presentation skills course which will take place in May 2019.

All the competition finalists have their papers published in our respected journal Gi which is circulated worldwide.

If you are aged 18 to 35 and believe you have got what it takes to win, we want to hear from you!

If you have any questions or want more information on the competition rules and eligibility or guidelines on how to write your abstract please contact Linda Mee, YPN Secretary by emailing or calling +44 (0)1509 678184

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