VIP judges announced for the 2020 Big Bang Competition Finals

With entries now officially closed and over half of the finalists already confirmed, we are excited to announce the VIP judging panels for the 2020 Big Bang Competition Finals! 

Coming together from diverse professional backgrounds, the VIP science and engineering panels will lead the final round of judging on Thursday 12 March 2020. 

They will interview exceptional students, 'Dragons-Den' style, from across our Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories to decide the winners and runners up of both the GSK UK Young Scientist and the GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year 2020 awards. 

"I know how important and life-changing these awards can be."

On our Engineering panel, we have Ruth Amos, inventor and co-founder of YouTube channel Kids Invent Stuff. Ruth entered the Young Engineer for Britain in 2006 with her project the 'StairSteady'.

Delighted to be taking part in the Big Bang Competition as a VIP judge, Ruth spoke about how the competition helped shape her career: 

"Winning 'Young Engineer for Britain' in 2006 completely changed my views on engineering [and] helped to determine my career path - I know how important and life-changing these awards can be. Winning gave me the confidence to start my own company and I’ve been able to have so many amazing opportunities since…and now [I] get to inspire the next generation of engineers by building crazy inventions!"

Ruth will be joined by Vijay Shah, an aerospace engineer who "can't wait to see what boundaries these young minds push away and what innovations they create", Sophie Harker, IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018, Jason Bradbury, TV presenter and children’s author and John Officer, Head of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain, GSK.

 "A showcase of unbridled creativity, passion and hard work." 

On our Science panel, we are pleased to welcome Huw James, a science presenter and adventurer. Huw is excited to be attending for the first time on the VIP judges panel and said, “I am really excited to be judging at The Big Bang Competition Finals this year; the projects are always inspirational and innovative. I can’t wait to see what the finalists have to offer!”

Huw will be joined by Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette & co-founder of STEMettes, Bobby Seagull, TV personality, author and teacher, Karen Mullen, Vice President & Country Medical Director, UK & Ireland, GSK and Imogen Napper, Marine Scientist and National Geographic Explorer.

Coming back to judge her second year of finals, Anne-Marie said that last year, she "was blown away by the quality, range and ingenuity of projects that presented. It's so important to allow young people to see the creativity and altruism in science - it was all on display at the Fair. I can't wait to see this year's finalists in March".

Committed advocate of the magic of maths, Bobby is "incredibly excited to be a judge for The Big Bang Competition. While I love promoting STEM through TV, print and radio, my school maths teaching is still my most important role. So as a teacher, I am thrilled to support any competition that encourages young minds to become the scientists/engineers of the future."!

A huge thank you to all our judges; it is wonderful to have you on board. For those finalists attending in March; good luck!

In the meanwhile, check our top tips for a successful project and read our case studies for inspiration from previous competitors and teachers involved in The Big Bang Competition.

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