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Judging Panel

Alok Jha is a science correspondent for The Economist, writing on everything from cosmology to particle physics and stem cells to climate change. Before that, he was science correspondent for ITN and the Guardian, covering daily news and current affairs for more than a decade. He founded and presented the Guardian’s award-winning Science Weekly podcast and has also written and presented multiple TV and radio documentary series for the BBC. In 2018, he spent a year as a Wellcome fellow, developing new storytelling formats for complex topics. He has reported from all over the world, including live from Antarctica, and is also the author of three popular science books, including The Water Book (Headline, 2015).

Dr Anna Ploszajski is an award-winning materials scientist, engineer and communicator. By day, Anna is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Making, researching 4D printing and smart fabrics. By night she communicates materials science on stage, on radio, on TV and on the page. In 2017, she was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2018 won the Silver Medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. In her spare time, Anna plays the trumpet in a funk and soul covers band and swam the English Channel in July 2018. Oh, and it’s pronounced “Por-shy-ski”.

Martin Zaltz Austwick is an award-winning podcaster (Radio Academy/Sony/Aria Gold for Answer Me This! in 2011; British Podcast Award 2017 for Song by Song). He’s co-created, presented and produced podcasts since 2007 including Answer Me This!, Song by Song, Brain Train, Global Lab and The Sound of The Ladies, and created music for the above and The Allusionist, ZigZag, Zoom and many more. Martin is the founder and lead curator of the Podcast Maker Weekend (2017-) as part of the London Podcast Festival.  He’s recorded nine albums and several EPs of original songs as Pale Bird, (Dr) Martin Austwick and The Sound of The Ladies.

Cerys Bradley is a researcher, comedian and science communicator. They are the editor and host of the podcast the Coming Out Tapes, an audio archive of LGBTQIA+ stories.