In Science-me a Story, we feel very proud of the judges that help us make this competition possible. We are very grateful for their professionalism, engagement and support. They are all very enthusiastic about communicating science and they transmit that through their work. We can only say, THANK YOU!
The judges of the stories in English
Izzie Clarke is a science radio presenter and producer for The Naked Scientists. After completing her Masters in Physics at the University of Nottingham, Izzie went to work on various shows for the BBC, including Chris Evan’s 500 Words writing competition, before she then joined The Naked Scientists team to make programs and podcasts for BBC 5 Live and ABC’s Radio National in Australia. She has been part of the judging panel of Science-me a Story every year!
Gregg Lynall is a Reader in English at the University of Liverpool and Chair of the British Society for Literature & Science and co-director of the Literature & Science Hub at the University of Liverpool. He has been part of the judging panel of Science-me a Story every year!
Claire Culliford studied French and Hispanic Studies and went on to complete a Masters in Medical, Scientific and Technical Translation with Translation Technology. Over the past 20 years she has translated for global organisations such as the United Nations, and taught at Imperial College, London Metropolitan, Westminster and Leeds Universities. She has edited scientific and academic papers on topics ranging from environmental science and sustainability to medicine, physics and genetics. With a passion for the creative industries and audiovisual translation, she has worked across a variety of media, from animation to songwriting. She writes and edits children’s books, novels and screenplays. Her prize-winning book series, “The Little Helpers”, written to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals, educates and inspires children to solve real world environmental and social issues in innovative ways. She is now starting to work on a TV animation of the series. She has been part of the judging panel of Science-me a Story in 2020.
Viktoria Korzhova has a PhD in Neuroscience from LMU Munich and is active in science communication since her university years. She has over eight years of experince in writing , editing and serving as a jury in competitions of science communication articles, as well as organizing and coaching speakers for multiple outreach events (Pint of Science, Soapbox Science, 15×4 Munich). She has been part of the judging panel of Science-me a Story in 2020.
Jules Pottle loves using stories to teach science! She is a Primary Science Specialist Teacher at a village school in Oxfordshire and was awarded PSTT Primary Science Teacher of the Year 2015 for her work, teaching science through stories. She also works with Storytelling Schools as a Literacy and Science Specialist and has published several books including ‘Science Through Stories’ (Smith and Pottle, Hawthorn, 2015) and ‘The Molliebird – an evolution story’ (PSTT, 2019). She was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2019.
David A. Kirby is a Professor of Science Communication Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the author of the book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema that explores the interactions between the scientific community and the entertainment industry. He was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2018 and 2019.
Eva Amsen is a writer and science communicator, focused on the common ground between science and the arts. She runs a quarterly newsletter highlighting collaborations and overlap between scientists and musicians. Eva has written about science in culture and society for Nautilus, The Scientist, Spacing Magazine and other places — including the science blog she has maintained since her days as a PhD student in Toronto. Eva also runs Share Your Sci and helps researchers communicate their work. She was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2018.
The judges of the stories in Spanish
Salvador Macip i Maresma is a doctor, researcher and writer. He worked for ten years at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, studying the molecular basis of cancer and ageing. Since 2008 he leads his own research group at the University of Leicester. He has published stories, novels and books for children, for which he has won several awards. He has also published the sci-comm books “Inmortales y perfectos (Cómo la medicina cambiará radicalmente nuestras vidas)”, “Las grandes plagas modernas (La gripe, el sida y otros enemigos invisibles)” and “Qué es el cáncer (y por qué no hay que tenerle miedo)”. He was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2019 and 2020.
Francisco Vega Narváez is a laboratory specialist technician in the department of Applied Physics I of the University of Seville. He is the promoter and co-writer of the plays of scientific dissemination “Scientific: past, present and future” and “La Reina Dido”. He has written various stories of scientific dissemination published on the website of the cultural magazine Jot Down and along with other authors in the books “The Turing dilemma and other scientific texts” and “Cannons of Tungsten ”. He has participated in several editions of the European Night of Research and the Science Week. Together with the team of the play “Scientific: past, present and future” he has received the following recognitions: [email protected] Award 2017 of the The Open University of Catalonia, 2018 Prize in the International Science in Action Competition Staging modality, 2018 Scientific Dissemination Award from the University of Seville, Special Mention 2019 South Awards, Mention Educational Institution Pioneer Awards_IT 2020 of the Official College of Telecommunications Engineers and Meridiana 2020 Award of the Junta de Andalucía. He was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2019 and 2020.
Maruxa Martínez-Campos studied Biology in Barcelona (UB), then moved to the UK to do her PhD at Cambridge University on the fruit fly. Realising she enjoyed more writing about science than actually doing it, she moved into scientific editing at the Open Access journal Genome Biology, in London. After a few years, she went back home to work in the communications department of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). There, she is in charge of the El·lipse website, where you can read all about the exciting science taking place at the six scientific institutions of this huge biomedicine cluster. She has been part of the judging panel of Science-me a Story in 2020.
Daniel Ramón Vidal has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Valencia. He was Professor of Food Technology at the University of Valencia and Research Professor at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). In 2003 he founded the biotechnology company Biopolis S.L. specialized in microbial biotechnology and in 2008 the company Lifesequencing S.L. specialized in massive genome sequencing. Both companies were acquired in 2017 by the US multinational company Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM). He is currently Vicepresident of R&D in Health & Wellness at ADM.
He has been awarded the Prize of the Spanish Society of Microbiology, the Prize for Scientific Trajectory of the Danone Institute, the European Prize for Scientific Dissemination, the Juan de la Cierva National Research Prize, the International Hippocrates Prize, the Medal for Innovation of the García Cabrerizo Foundation and the International Nutrachampion Prize. He has written, among others, the novels “Maná” and “El síndrome de Herodés”. He has been part of the judging panel of Science-me a Story in 2020.
Camila Monasterio has a PhD in Animal Biology and she is now a postdoctoral researcher in evolutionary biology and biodiversity. She is also a singer and writer. She created “Un cuento propio: Historias para escuchar y leer, heroínas por descubrir”. She was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2018 and 2019.
David Blanco Laserna is a physicist and a writer. He has published over ten scientific communication books for adults that feature black holes, the discovery of gravitational waves, the Higgs boson, the physics of Stephen Hawking or the theory of evolution. He is also the author of several books for children and young people, both fiction and popular science. He likes to explore the field of scientific dissemination through very diverse formats. In his children’s books, he experiments combining science and fiction, looking for a way for the reader to establish an emotional bond with physics, biology or mathematics. He was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2019.
Pablo Barrecheguren has a PhD in Biomedicine, more specifically in Neurobiology. He is part of the scientific communication group “Big Van, Científicos sobre ruedas”. In 2015 he was one of the finalists of the competition of scientific monologues: Famelab España 2015, and since then, he does monologues with Big Van. As part of Big Van he has also participated in other sci-comm projects such as LocosXCiencia2016, Science Slam Paraguay 2016, or writing the book “Si venimos del mono, ¿por qué somos tan cerdos?” (Big Van, Esfera de los Libros). Apart from sciences he also likes letters, so he studied for two years in the “Escuela de Escrituras del Ateneo Barcelonés”. Since then, he writes both fiction and sci-comm. He was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2018.
Enrique Royuela Casamayor has a PhD in Microbiology, Physiology and Genetics. He is co-founder, director and editor in chief of Principia Magazine and Principia Kids, as well as the online site Principia. He was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2018.
Javier Feijoo Morote studied Spanish philology and has been a high-school teacher for over ten years. He has taught in different high-schools in the Comunidad Valenciana and Andalucia, where he developed several creative writing projects for kids and teenagers. He is currently finishing a PhD in comparative literature and the writer Ramiro Pinilla at the Universidad del País Vasco. He was part of the judging panel in Science-me a Story 2018.