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The Judging Panel


 Find out about our expert judging panel and read our judges top tips on how create a fantastic science communication  piece.
   
Dr Steve Cross is a freelance science communication consultant and trainer as well as a stand-up comedian. He's the founder of Science Showoff and Bright Club, and a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. In past lives he's been a human genetics researcher, a curator for Wellcome Collection, and Head of Public Engagement at UCL.

Twitter: @steve_x
Dr Barry Gibb (the Wellcome Trust) trained as a molecular biologist and neuroscientist before swapping the microscope for a camera to pursue filmmaking and writing. He wrote The Rough Guide to the Brain and has currently made over 100 science documentaries, where he focuses on bringing warmth and humanity to science. His web series about mental health, Last Chance Saloon, won the Outstanding Achievement Award (Toronto Webfest, 2014) and his film about ageing, Until, won the Nature People's Choice award (Imagine Science Film Festival, 2011). 

Twitter: @barryjamesgibb
 

Professor Steve Busby is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham and is currently Head of the university's School of Biosciences. His research concerns bacteria and how they orchestrate the expression of their genes in order to exploit their environment.

 

He has made big contributions to our understanding of the process of gene transcription in bacteria and how it is regulated. In particular, his recent work has focused on pathogenic bacteria and the genes they possess that are responsible for infection. 

  Professor Laura Bowater is  the Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of East Anglia.In addition to her research she has been awarded funding from a wide variety of organisations for science communication activities, including the Society of General Microbiology (SGM) and in recognition of her activities in this area she was a CueEast Engagement Award winner in 2009. She is the author of the popular science book, The Microbes Fight Back: antibiotic resistance.
Twitter: @proflaurabow


Jonathan Sanderson 
is a science film-maker, writer, director, consultant and senior lecturer at Northumbria University. 

Following a Physics degree, Jonathan entered television, making props and writing scripts for documentary and engineering challenge shows. He held Producer and Series Producer roles for all the main UK broadcasters and several internationals.

Recently, he’s worked as a video and science communication trainer and consultant, managing education media projects. He is currently in charge of digital engagement for Think Physics, an outreach and engagement project based in Newcastle. 

Twitter: @jjsanderson