Judges 2013

Bibiana Campos-Seijo

Bibiana Campos Seijo is the editor of Chemistry World and magazines publisher for the RSC. After completing a PhD in chemistry, she ran her own e-learning business before moving into publishing first as a technical editor for the European Respiratory Society and then managing a portfolio of pharmaceutical titles at Advanstar Communications. In 2009, she moved to the Royal Society of Chemistry to lead the Magazines team.


Lesley Yellowlees

Lesley Yellowlees is a professor of inorganic electrochemistry at the University of Edinburgh, where she is vice principal and head of the College of Science and Engineering.  In July 2012, she became the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to science and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012.


Philip Ball

Philip Ball is a freelance writer. He previously worked for over 20 years as an editor for the international science journal Nature. He writes regularly in the scientific and popular media, and has authored many books on the interactions of the sciences, the arts, and the wider culture. Philip also writes for Chemistry World and has a regular column - 'The Crucible'.

Philip Ball considers the place of chemistry in open science initiatives in his Chemistry World guest blog post.


Quentin Cooper

Quentin Cooper hosts a diverse range of events in Britain and beyond as well as appearing regularly on radio, TV and in print. He’s one of the most familiar and popular voices of science in the UK, writing and presenting many hundreds of programmes - including fronting Britain’s most listened to science show, Material World, on BBC Radio 4 for over a decade. He also holds several honorary science doctorates and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Quentin discusses his views on being a judge and his thoughts on openness on our blog. 

Samantha Tang

Samantha Tang occupies an unusual position in UK science communication, as a public awareness scientist at the University of Nottingham. Her role involves explaining chemistry in an informal, accessible and entertaining manner to a wide range of audiences, through varying mediums - including the University's Periodic Table of Videos. She is also a former Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s East Midlands section (2007-2013).
Read Sam's view about 'openess in science' on the Chemistry World blog.

Adam Hart-Davis

Adam Hart-Davis is a freelance writer and broadcaster – former presenter on television of Local Heroes, Tomorrow’s World, What the Romans (and others) did for Us, How London was Built, and many others. He has collected various awards for both television and radio, as well as two medals and 14 honorary doctorates. He has read several books, and written about 30. He spends a lot of time hacking at green wood, making chairs, tables, egg cups, bowls, and spoons. 
Adam explains why he thinks openness is a benefit to all on the Chemistry World blog.


In addition to the panel of judges, John McLaren will represent AkzoNobel and David Jakubovic will represent P&G as observers during the judging.