The Judges


We have Judges  from Australia, the UK, Continental Europe, Canada and the USA who will judge all the entries and award A$10,000 in prize money. Judges and their students are not permitted to enter the competition. 


Emeritus Professor John McKenzie AM, FAA - Australia

Member of the Order of Australia, BSc[Hons],PhD, LaTrobe; Honorary Doctor of Laws, Uni. of Melbourne. John is a respected scientist and a past Dean of Science and Deputy Vice-Chancellor [Research] at the University of Melbourne and past Deputy Chancellor at Latrobe University.. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, where he was also Secretary (Education and Public Awareness) for the Primary Connections project. He has been a judge of many awards including the BHP Awards, and was a judge of the 2008 Victorian Student Science Video Competition and the inaugural Australian 60 second Science Video Competition in 2009, and again in 2010. John will be looking at the videos to see how clearly you have explained the science in your videos.

Danica Radovanovic - Serbia

Danica Radovanovic is based in Belgrade and is the editor in chief of Australian Science - an online science community and magazine for fostering the science and technology in Australia. She has experience in Science, ePublishing, Web and technology, and working in a multicultural environment. She is an analyst and consultant in Social Media and Communications. Danica is University of Oxford (Oxford Internet Institute) and JFDP/Fulbright Scholar in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences. Danica provides consulting and training to both the government and non-government sectors. Danica blogs at 'Digital Serendipities' and tweets at: @DanicaR

Michael Green - Australia

Michael is an award winning Australian film-maker, co-founder of the student 'Re@ct Film Festivals' for students in Victoria, and previous director of Victorian Schools TV - he was a judge of the 2008 Victorian Student Science Video Competition and the inaugural Australian 60 second Science Video Competition in 2009, and again in 2010. He is now the director of the independent multimedia production company, Drift Media. Michael will be looking at the production values of your videos to see how well you have used Lighting, sound, choice of shot, angle, framing, editing etc

Charlotte Stoddart - UK - Nature Magazine

Charlotte Stoddart is an online video editor and director. She has been working at Nature for 4 years and has directed dozens of science films, including several series about the annual Meeting of Nobel Laureates at Lindau in Germany and a music video about NASA’s space shuttles. She also contributes to the weekly Nature Podcast. Charlotte holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College. Charlotte can be found at

Richard Saunders - Australia

Richard Saunders is best known as an international expert on skepticism and one of the stars of the top rating paranormal TV show from Australia "The ONE", where he takes the role as the 'Skeptical Judge'. He is a life member of Australian Skeptics, a fellow of the Center for Inquiry USA, and a past judge for the 'Eureka Prizes', Australia's top science awards. A podcaster since 2005, Richard is the producer and host of 'The Skeptic Zone' with thousands of listeners world-wide. He also produces science documentaries and TV shows, notably 'The Mighty Mitta Muster Water Divining Test' in 2002  and episodes of 'Theories of Everything' for community television. An author and origami expert with 30 books and 1 DVD published, he is also the creator of 'Origami Pigasus' for James Randi and enjoys being an amateur magician. Richard is also founding member of the 'Mystery Investigators' live science show for schools.

David Bradley - UK

David Bradley, a chemist by training, is a science writer with more than 20 years experience. On the web since 1995. After reading chemistry at university, he worked and travelled in the USA, did a stint in a QA/QC lab and then took on a role as a technical editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry. Then, following an extended trip to Australia, he returned to the UK and began contributing as a freelance to the likes of New Scientist and various trade magazines. His work can be found at Sciencebase Science Blog. David is the author of Deceived Wisdom: Why what you thought was right is wrong” 

Joanne Manaster - Illinois, USA

Joanne (B.Sc, M.Sc) is a Lecturer/Online Science Course Developer at University of Illinois and has over two decades of science instructional experience at the University level. Her forte is making complex scientific topics easily accessible to non-technical and semi-technical audiences.She is passionate about science outreach to young people. She runs a girls bioengineering camp and advises U of Illinois' iGEM synthetic biology team among many other community activities. Her fabulous website can be found at Joanne also blogs about Science Education.

Dr. Rachael Dunlop - Australia

Dr. Rachael Dunlop is a medical researcher, science communicator and campaigner for science-based medicine in Australia. After 8 years of study in both Adelaide and Sydney, she surfaced with a PhD and an interest in diseases associated with ageing. Now working in medical research she is currently focused on the environmental triggers for motor neuron. Rachael is a vice president of the Australian Skeptics and a contributor to their magazine and website. She is member of the Mystery Investigators, a science show for kids that uses science to explain the strange and unusual such as UFOs and ghosts. Rachael is a reporter for The Skeptic Zone Podcast which reaches over 7000 listeners worldwide every week. She blogs at the Skeptics Book of PoohPooh and tweets as @DrRachie. Rachael was the winner of the 2010 Shorty Award for Health and enjoys combining her love of science and art to communicate science to the public.

James ‘Turbo’ Anderson - Australia

With over 14 years of experience in the Australian Radio Industry - James 'Turbo' Anderson has worked with some of the largest radio networks in Australia. During his career in radio, James had the opportunity to travel the world interviewing popular music artists, most notably, Metallica, Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 2008, James elected to leave radio to focus on developing his video productions company. Turbo Productions has since become a powerhouse for video production in Australia and the South Pacific offering the best Wedding Videography in Melbourne.

Dr. Carin Bondar - Canada

With three degrees (including her PhD) under her belt it is clear that Carin Bondar,
(aka Dr. C) is passionate about biodiversity. Her new book,
The Nature of Human Nature explores the unique position of the Homo sapiens in the animal kingdom. Her on-line video series about the work of field biologists can be viewed on her web-site at:

Alom Shaha - UK

Alom is the author of the Young Atheist's Handbook. He is a Physics teacher at a comprehensive school in London. He works as a film-maker, science writer and science communication consultant. He has worked as a creative consultant on projects ranging from community arts events to children’s TV programmes. He has written, produced and directed a number of TV programmes about science, ranging in subject matter from particle physics to mathematics. He has worked with and written scripts for a number of high profile scientists including Prof. Brian Cox, Dr Tara Shears and Prof. Marcus du Sautoy. He has worked in various roles on TV series ranging from Horizon to What the Victorians Did for Us to Science Shack. Alom can be found at

Desiree Schell - Edmonton, Canada

Desiree Schell is the curator of the Skeptic Mixtape 2011 and awesome host of Skeptically Speaking, a syndicated radio show and podcast that broadcasts across North America. The program explores the connections between science, history and popular culture, and how they relate to and effect real people and our daily lives. Desiree promotes the idea that science and critical thinking can be accessible, compassionate, thoughtful, and (especially) entertaining.

Dr. Kiki (Kirsten Sanford) - San Francisco - USA

Kirsten Sanford (aka Dr Kiki) is a PhD scientist (Neurophysiology) who somehow escaped from the lab and is now making her way in independent Science media and journalism. She is the host of This Week in Science, and Dr Kiki's Science Hour which are syndicated radio shows and podcasts. She also has a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, so the judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. :-)

Robert Slinn - UK

Robert is a MPhil, Chartered Chemist and Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry , He has extensive experience in R & D: organic synthesis, analysis and novel analytical methods development; troubleshooting, consultancy, and teaching and training in industry and in academe. Currently, he is a Visiting Researcher (Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool) and 'Physical Methods' chapter author for the RSC's Specialist Periodical Report 'Organophosphorus Chemistry'

2012 GUEST JUDGE - Rupert Parry - Sydney

Rupert Parry is currently studying a bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy at the University of Sydney, and is the science editor for the Larrikin Post , a web-based newspaper. He is a media entrepreneur and freelance filmmaker who has produced, directed, filmed and edited numerous short films, documentaries and animated shorts. He also plays in his band, The Tropics.

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