The judging panels for both the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books and the 2012 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize have been hard at work over the past months reviewing the submissions for this year’s prizes. You can find out who will be judging this year’s prizes below.
The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books aims to find the best science book for a non-specialist adult audience. The judging panel for the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books are:
- Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS – Visiting Professor at the Department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford
- Jasper Fforde – author of Thursday Next novels and The Last Dragonslayer series
- Tania Hershman – author of short story collections, writer-in-residence at the University of Bristol and founder and editor of The Short Review
- Kim Shillinglaw – BBC Commissioning Editor for Science and Natural History
- Dr Samuel Turvey – Royal Society University Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology
The longlist for the 2012 prize will be announced at this Cheltenham Science Festival event on 14 June.
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize is aimed at finding the best book communicating science to young people. This year’s shortlisting panel are:
- Professor Andrea Brand FRS – Biologist at the University of Cambridge researching the development of the nervous system.
- Mark Champkins – Inventor-in-residence at the Science Museum in London. He appeared on Dragon’s Den in 2007, receiving investment from Peter Jones.
- Greg Foot – BBC science presenter, most recently seen on BBC3 giving away The Secrets of Everything.
- Anna Parrish – Science teacher at Coloma Convent Girls School in Croydon.
- Dr Angela Taylor – Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the University of Oxford. Her research is currently exploring remnants of the Big Bang in space.
This shortlisting panel will draw up a shortlist of six books and the winner will be decided by judging panels of young people across the UK. The shortlist for the 2012 prize will be anounced on 14 May.
We are still accepting applications to form judging panels to help select the winner of this year’s prize. Details can be found online, along with the submission form.