Youth Category

This judging panel will select the winner and runner-up in the youth category.

Greg Dick

Greg is the Director of Educational Outreach at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Greg’s team delivers outreach programming across Canada and internationally that includes coast to coast television broadcasts, large scale science festivals, and an educational program that reaches one million students each year. Greg is an Advisory Board member on Canada’s Science and Technology Awareness Network, the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame Selection Committee and on the Laurier Center for Women in Science as part of his commitment to scientific outreach. Prior to leading the Outreach team, Greg was the Science Chair at Galt Collegiate Institute where he taught high school physics for 16 years. He is a passionate advocate of scientific literacy.

Otto Fong

Otto is a cartoonist and former science teacher. He is the author of a series of comic books for school children called Sir Fong's Adventures in Science, a sci-fi horror-adventure series of novels for young people, Black Peony, and an adult horror novel Bitter Suites. He has also written for theatre. Otto has been an Outreach Fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore to work on a new quantum instalment to his Sir Fong's series. 

Tania Hershman

Tania is an author involved in a whirlwind of activity around the intersection of science and fiction. She is currently working on a book-length creative piece inspired by particle physics and editing an anthology of new writing inspired by the 100th birthday of Einstein's theory of general relativity. She has published two collections of stories: My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012) and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), which was commended in the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and is co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers & Artists Companion (Bloomsbury 2014). Her debut poetry chapbook will be published in February 2016. She is also the curator of ShortStops, an online hub celebrating everything short-story-related in the UK & Ireland.

Clara Moskowitz

Clara Moskowitz is Scientific American's senior editor covering space and physics. She has a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University and a graduate degree in science journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Scientific American, she worked for Space.com, Wired, Discover magazine and the American Museum of Natural History.

Chad Orzel

Chad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College, and he writes books about science for non-scientists. He has a BA in physics from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park (studying laser cooling at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the lab of Bill Phillips, who shared the 1997 Nobel in Physics). He was a post-doc at Yale, and has been at Union since 2001. Chad's books How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog explain modern physics through imaginary conversations with his German Shepherd, and his most recent book, Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist (Basic, 2014), explains how we use the process of science in everyday activities. He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Kate Nepveu, their two kids, and Emmy, the Queen of Niskayuna. Photo credit: Ryan Lash

Vlatko Vedral

Vlatko is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore and Professor in Quantum Information at the University of Oxford, UK. His research ranges from the philosophical - what does quantum theory really mean? - to exploring applications for quantum effects in technology and even considering their possible role in biology. Vlatko’s writing has been published in magazines including Scientific American (read his 2011 cover feature “Living in the Quantum World” for more on the emerging field of quantum biology) and is the author of the book Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information

Yeow Kai Chai

Kai Chai has two poetry collections, Pretend I'm Not Here (2006) and Sectre Manta (2001), which was adapted from an entry shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. His poems have been featured in overseas anthologies such as WW Norton Anthology, Language for a New Century (2008), as well as journals like The Wolf (UK), Ars Interpres (Sweden) and Prairie Schooner (US). His short stories have appeared in Balik Kampung (2012) and Twenty-Four Flavours (2013). He co-wrote a short-story collection called The Adopted: Stories From Angkor (2015) with three other writers. He has covered the arts and entertainment as editor, writer and music reviewer for two decades in various newspapers and magazines, including The Straits Times, My Paper and 8 Days. He is Director of the Singapore Writers Festival 2015